The fast life cycle of clothing, the extreme waste of materials, the worldwide transportation of raw materials and products, the dreadful working conditions and the disastrous consequences for the climate: the fashion industry must change. Worldwide, there is growing support for this necessary change. Through transparency and further collaboration, a diverse range of fashion values is put forward – financial and environmental values, combined with social and cultural values.
Within Culture.Fashion, different parties are brought together; new local initiatives are started; a culture of collaboration is stimulated; tools are presented to highlight the Dutch fashion landscape; and the future of fashion in the Netherlands in 2050 will be explored and shaped in various working groups.
Different working groups provide substance and direction to the Culture.Fashion program and play an essential role in identifying and involving other parties and operationalising the five values that are at the foundation of Culture.Fashion:
1. Working together through knowledge sharing
2. Interdisciplinarity & inclusivity
3. Fair & transparent
4. Sustainable networks: worldwide and local
5. Collaborative network: you in the network
During the program, we will continue to evaluate the impact of the network and the chosen collaboration model. Do we realise our values, both in the field and together?
Waag and MAFB collaboratively coordinate and oversee the processes of the five working groups, operating under a sociocracy model, through which Waag also coordinates the efforts of the working group mapping.
Culture.Fashion is supported by the Dutch Ministry of education, culture and science.