While Nina was researching for her dissertation ‘Organic Cotton: Reasons Why the Fashion Industry is Dragging its Heels’ for her MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at Imperial College, she interviewed numerous fashion designers, representatives of the textiles industry, and NGOs. As a result, the need for a curated sustainable textiles showcase became apparent and the Future Fabrics Expo was born. Nina has previously worked as a consultant on various environmental policy initiatives, and set up The Sustainable Angle in 2010 to initiate and support projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of industry.
Amanda Johnston is curator and consultant at The Sustainable Angle, having curated the sustainable textiles collection and Future Fabrics Expo since its inception. She has a background in design consultancy and education, and has co-authored two books: Fabric For Fashion, and Fabric For Fashion The Swatch Book (both published 2010; 2nd edition 2014). Amanda teaches at the London College of Fashion, and regularly runs sustainable materials workshops, delivering presentations and seminars internationally, both at industry events and in educational forums. Amanda has a degree in Fashion Design from Kingston University.
Christina holds a degree in Fashion Design from the London College of Fashion, where she was able to commence a study abroad term in India, and subsequently worked as a volunteer for various companies and NGO’s, promoting low-impact fashion. In order to better understand the challenges we are facing to reduce our industry emissions lobally, she is currently studying Politics at SOAS. This allows her to get involved with the social and political aspects of the industry.
Janet has a degree in Fashion, Design and Marketing from the University of East London. Whilst studying, a discussion with her tutor lead her to re-evaluate what it really means to have cheap clothing and its social and environmental impacts throughout the supply chain. Following her graduation she set up her own business but found it incredibly frustrating to source commercially available sustainable fabrics. As a for small designer the lack of transparency in the industry also became a concern.
Janet got involved with The Sustainable Angle after attending a talk given by Amanda, which resonated with her and her desire to learn more about sustainability.
Having graduated in Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni London, Lianne’s interest in sustainability stemmed from subtractive pattern-cutting and how to reduce waste in the construction of clothing itself. After graduation the importance of sustainability in fashion became increasingly obvious and Lianne therefore became involved in various sustainable projects, including research in manufacturing processes for The Sustainable Angle.
Nastassia was awarded the vice-chancellors Scholarship to study a Masters in Sustainable Textile Design at Chelsea college of Art, where she focused on environmental issues with the main aim of reducing impacts by selecting raw materials, for production with the focus on product life cycle.
After finishing her Masters, she now brings her passion and determination for sustainability through supporting and managing projects at The Sustainable Angle.
American-born bilingual tech aficionado, who after graduating with a degree in Fashion Design from Istituto Marangoni in Milan, noticed a lack of a critical voice in fashion, one that could transcend the boundary of fashion being purely aesthetic and find the meaning behind the making. The defining moment for that voice was found throughout the MA Fashion Futures at London College of Fashion, pushing the limits of Fashion Sustainability through Futures Thinking and Critical Reflection & Analysis. Investigating the thrilling possibilities of biotech, Claire is interested in uncovering how innovative materials can challenge the fashion paradigm.
After working in the fashion industry for several years and realising the industry’s major social and environmental implications, Fiona wanted to explore new design research that uses intelligent imagination with consideration for the environment. Her masters thesis at London College of Fashion looked at how algae could be used as a material resource that replaced petroleum-based products. The research was selected as Top 3 for the first Kering Sustainability Award 2015 for Stella McCartney. Fiona has since developed professional skills that focus on sustainable design and the conceptualisation of complex information, working with over 75 brands across her career around the world.