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University of Technology Sydney
University with strong fashion design program

UTS is the top-ranked young university in Australia. Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We’re known for our innovative teaching. We’re committed to practical innovation and research that benefits industry and society. We believe in social change to create a more just and equal world. We are creating Australia's first Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion + Textiles with TAFE NSW.

UTS is the top-ranked young university in Australia. Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We’re known for our innovative teaching. We’re committed to practical innovation and research that benefits industry and society. We believe in social change to create a more just and equal world. We are creating Australia's first Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion + Textiles with TAFE NSW.

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Ann-Maree Smith
Fashion industry professional and current teacher at Box Hill Institute delivering VETDSS and BA Fashion
Value the Citizen
Research and education in systemic, circular and sustainable change for the fashion sector

In 2020 Value the Citizen conducted a research project addressing the lack of Australian-based contextualized research in circular design and product development in the fashion sector. As 80% of a products environmental impact is determined at the design phase, and with 88% of Australian apparel manufacture made up of SMEs, this project focused on the design processes and associated business models of fashion SMEs as an influential group for systems change to the linear take/make/waste fashion model widely operating in Australia.
With a core framework of product stewardship and employing design-thinking strategies; the SME’s in this research are building new design processes, new business models and new relationships around circular purpose. The project goal was a visual, communicative and accessible tool that could be distributed widely to stakeholders for education, a pathway for change and leverage for transformative action.
Importantly, the research identified the need for wider stakeholder support for SMEs and larger enterprise in moving to circular and product stewardship approaches. This takes the form of education of the community and industry; legislation and mandating around the collection and disposal of textile waste; and investment in infrastructure and technologies.
This research and the Design Map and Digital Article developed from this project are tools to support the pathway to circularity in the Australian fashion industry; visually storytelling the complex interrelated relationships and strategies of circularity in an Australian fashion context to the diverse stakeholders involved.

WA
Subiaco

In 2020 Value the Citizen conducted a research project addressing the lack of Australian-based contextualized research in circular design and product development in the fashion sector. As 80% of a products environmental impact is determined at the design phase, and with 88% of Australian apparel manufacture made up of SMEs, this project focused on the design processes and associated business models of fashion SMEs as an influential group for systems change to the linear take/make/waste fashion model widely operating in Australia.
With a core framework of product stewardship and employing design-thinking strategies; the SME’s in this research are building new design processes, new business models and new relationships around circular purpose. The project goal was a visual, communicative and accessible tool that could be distributed widely to stakeholders for education, a pathway for change and leverage for transformative action.
Importantly, the research identified the need for wider stakeholder support for SMEs and larger enterprise in moving to circular and product stewardship approaches. This takes the form of education of the community and industry; legislation and mandating around the collection and disposal of textile waste; and investment in infrastructure and technologies.
This research and the Design Map and Digital Article developed from this project are tools to support the pathway to circularity in the Australian fashion industry; visually storytelling the complex interrelated relationships and strategies of circularity in an Australian fashion context to the diverse stakeholders involved.

WA
Subiaco
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The Masters Institute of Creative Education
Creative Education

30 years of expertise, condensed into an innovative creative education collective. The Masters Institute of Creative Education brings together five of Australia's leading institutes to offer a creative learning experience like no other.

Melbourne School of Fashion, Holmes Institute Fashion, HeadMasters, BeautyMasters and MakeupMasters.

3000
Melbourne

30 years of expertise, condensed into an innovative creative education collective. The Masters Institute of Creative Education brings together five of Australia's leading institutes to offer a creative learning experience like no other.

Melbourne School of Fashion, Holmes Institute Fashion, HeadMasters, BeautyMasters and MakeupMasters.

3000
Melbourne
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Circular Sourcing
Circular Sourcing is providing sustainable trims, fabrics and notions for all.

We're making it possible for small businesses and home sewers to source more sustainable raw materials. From deadstock/surplus fabrics to organic trims, biodegradable stretch and other biologically circular building blocks.

VIC
West Melbourne

We're making it possible for small businesses and home sewers to source more sustainable raw materials. From deadstock/surplus fabrics to organic trims, biodegradable stretch and other biologically circular building blocks.

VIC
West Melbourne
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