Thursday 31 May - Friday 1 June

Fashion Colloquium

Searching for the New Luxury

The Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury will explore new definitions of ‘luxury’ against the backdrop of urgent environmental and social issues. Fashion is in dire need of more value-based critical thinking as well as design-driven research to thoroughly explore, disrupt, redefine and transform the system. During this two-day conference we will collectively investigate how to move towards a fashion reality that addresses ethics, inclusivity and responsible consumerism in a more engaged way. Design, imagination and aesthetics are essential to express these values and to envision a more ethical engagement with the material objects that surround our bodies. The ‘Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury’ will explore how we can transition to a more resilient future of fashion together.

More than 30 international academics and creative practitioners will present their research on themes such as new materials, design for closed loops, aesthetic sustainability and emotional connectivity, redefining value systems, new business models and forms of organization, and the importance of agency in moving towards a more resilient future. We will collectively engage in in-depth discussions on how to develop innovative approaches that help to create systemic change.


  • Thursday 31 May 10:00 – 17:00
  • Friday 1 June 10:00 – 17:00


Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury May 31 – June 1, 2018 in Arnhem, The Netherlands Conference organizer: ArtEZ University of the Arts, in collaboration with State of Fashion Academic partners: London College of Fashion, Wageningen University & Research, and Radboud University Nijmegen. Attendance is free after registration.


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