Friday 01 February 2019 to Saturday 02 February 2019
Onassis Cultural Centre (Upper Stage)

Looking at new values for the future of sustainable fashion and design

Crafting the Future is a two-day programme that brings excellence and expertise in crafts together with innovation and new technologies as applied to fashion and design, paying particular attention to the issue of sustainability.

Crafting the Future will showcase inspirational speakers and a panels of experts, raise the right questions and advance potential solutions, as well as provide opportunities for everyone from young professionals to absolute beginners to explore the art of making, altering, repairing and caring for our clothes.

The growth of the global fashion industry has also meant a growth in the global consumption of clothing and, as a result, there is an increasing interest in sustainable and ethical approaches to garment design, manufacturing and business operations. Greater consumer awareness of the working conditions of supply chain workers and the environmental impact of mass production has led fashion brands and retailers to consider how to transform the industry through the adoption of more sustainable business practices.

Crafting the Future will critically explore sustainability, innovation and the use of sustainable materials in fashion, technology as a means to increase transparency in the supply chain, design solutions to environmental challenges and, in particular, the role of crafts in the complex landscape in which the fashion industry operates.

A key element of the Crafting the Future programme is connecting cultures in order to facilitate knowledge sharing. By bringing together expertise from the UK and many other countries, the programme aims to provide fertile ground for the exchange of ideas and experiences in the field of innovative and pioneering sustainable practices.

With a focus on crafts as a means to innovate, the two-day event will explore the importance of artisans in the modern-day fashion supply chain, the relationship between crafts and culture, as well as the need to protect skills and natural resources. Innovation is not just about technology but also about looking back in order to move forward, embracing past wisdoms, updating and adopting them as modern values and practices, and modifying them so that they form an integral part of our future.

Κeynote speakers

Lightning Talks

Descriptions of the workshops are available in the ‘Documents’ section below.

The full programme, along with details of how to register, will be announced on 15 January.


For further information, please contact us:

Maria Papaioannou | 210 369 2336
Katerina Galani | 210 369 2386