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Fashion Ecologies


Fashion Ecologies corresponds to the most radical level of the transformation scale. It guides students in playing an active role in challenging current practices and beliefs. Starting with the introduction of key literature on the notions of material agency and bio-design, students will discuss how to implement a more responsible future among the different ecologies that fashion entails, through a more-than-human perspective.

The unit is carried out with a particular interest in research-oriented design. Students will be requested to engage with ecologies beyond the university environment through real-world design interventions and interdisciplinary teams to evaluate how different practices and paradigms can be influenced by their work. Partners such as institutions, policy makers, and the fashion industry are encouraged to host such interventions.

  • Bio-design, environment

  • Future thinking

  • Material agency

  • Oost-humanism

  • Planetary boundaries

  • Speculative design

Student’s Pre-Requisite Skills and Knowledge

Knowledge on basic of fashion and sustainability; elementary know-how on material properties

Learning Goals


Post-humanist perspectives in fashion design


Environmental sustainability, envisioning, motivation, materials, production processes

Pedagogical Approaches

Place-based learning; future thinking; systemic thinking; informed decision making; creative and critical thinking

Key Resources
  • Saint-Pierre, L. (2019) Design and Nature: a History. in Fletcher, K. and Saint-Pierre, L. (2019) Design and Nature: A Partnership. London: Earthscan.

  • Bruggeman, Daniëlle. 2018. Dissolving the Ego of Fashion. Engaging with Human Matters. Arnhem: ArtEZ Press.

  • Verbeek, Peter-Paul. 2005. What Things Do. Philosophical Reflections on.

  • Technology, Agency, and Design. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press.

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