Asia Fashion Future

About

In October 2015, the British Council and LASALLE College of the Arts collaborated to launch Asia Fashion Future.

The mission of Asia Fashion Future was to provide fashion professionals from Asia and the UK with the skills and knowledge necessary to increase the sustainability and growth of Asian fashion businesses.

The one day seminar brought together experts from the UK and Asia at the Flexible Performance Space, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, to examine challenges and opportunities facing Asia’s growing fashion sector, running as a fringe event alongside Digital Fashion Week and focusing on the topics of: 

  • Online Nation, and
  • Sustainability and Ethics

Above, you can watch a short film where both organisers and participants describe their experience of the day, and what they took from it going forward.

Below, read more about the programme of the day.

Programme

Session 1: Digital Fashion Brands

Explore how the popularity of web and social media has reshaped consumption patterns and transformed the fashion industry.

  • Understand online fashion businesses in Southeast-Asia 
  • Explore the opportunities the internet offers for exchange between Asia and the UK
  • Analyse the rise of social media as a source for styling and trend setting

Hear from these digital leaders about creating a powerful online presence:

Session 2: Sustainability and Ethics

  • Analyse the viability of sustainable fashion within a fast fashion market context
  • Understand old and new sustainable textiles and design
  • Explore new methods of sustainable fashion

Hear from these leaders about working in sustainable fashion: 

  • Lucy Siegle, Author and Columnist, The Observer
  • Lanvy Nguyen, Founder and Managing Director, Fashion4Freedom
  • Victoria Ho, Creative Director, Fashion4Freedom and Head of Fashion, RMIT Vietnam

Timetable

1000-1020

Welcome 

Venka Purushothaman, Vice-President and Provost, LASALLE College of the Arts

Kendall Robbins, Fashion Programme Manager, British Council

 

Session 1: Digital Fashion Brands

1020-1040

The Rise of Social Media: A Source of Styling & Trendsetting

Niki Bruce, Editor-in-Chief, HerWorldPlus.com

1040-1100

Fresh Fashion Content All Day, Every Day: Possibilities and Challenges of an Online Publication

Norman Tan, Editor-in-Chief, Buro 24/7 Singapore

1100-1120

Multi-Media, Multi-Talented, Multi-Tasking: Reaching Out to the Online Generation

Billie JD Porter, Journalist and TV Presenter, UK

1120-1150 Coffee Break
1150-1250

Panel Discussion

Instagram Citizens: Social Media in Asia

Norman Tan, Editor-in-Chief, Buro 24/7 Singapore

Billie JD Porter, Journalist and TV Presenter, UK

Stephanie Crespin, Director, Styletribute, Singapore

Diana Rinkasari, Fashion Blogger, Indonesia

Chair: Niki Bruce, Editor-in-Chief, HerWorldPlus.com

Q&A

1250-1340 Lunch
 

Session 2: Sustainability and Ethics

1340-1440

To Die For: Sustainable Design

Lucy Siegle, Author, To Die For, and Columnist, The Observer

1440-1510

Redefining Recycled Fashion

Ken Samudio, Biologist and Accessories Designer, Ken Samudio

1510-1540

A New Model of Sustainable Fashion

Lanvy Nguyen, Founder and Managing Director, Fashion4Freedom

Victoria Ho Creative Director, Fashion4Freedom and Head of Fashion, RMIT Vietnam

1540-1610 Coffee Break
1610-1630

Travel to ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

1630-1730

Curator’s tour: Hermès Leather Forever Exhibition limited places available

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

Madeleine Ho, Marketing and Communications Director, Hermès

Contact

For more information or questions, email culturalskillsunit@britishcouncil.org.