Youth Fashion Summit
On the brink of potentially dangerous climate changes and with heightened attention on corporate social responsibility, the world needs frontrunners that can push towards more sustainable business models. The fashion industry has this innovation potential, if it works creatively and proactively to address critical environmental, social, and ethical challenges on a global scale.
It might sound paradoxical that the fashion industry embraces sustainability. After all it is an industry that primarily promotes increased consumption by constantly launching new collections.
The need for development, innovation, and creative solutions is behind Danish Fashion Institute’s and KEA’s (Copenhagen School of Design & Technology) motivation in launching the `Youth Fashion Summit´ (YFS). The overall aim is to create a platform for the next generation of decision makers in fashion – from designers to business executives. The challenges are immense, the road will be both bumpy and long but I strongly believe that we, as an industry, can make a change, even more so if we make a joint effort. If everyone, from students to CEOs, joins the mission to create solutions for a more sustainable future, we can make this a reality, a fashionable reality.
In the occasion of the Youth Fashion Summit, part of Copenhagen Fashion Summit, more than 100 students from all across the world will gather in Copenhagen during May 2016, to explore how the next generation of designers and business leaders may meet the challenges of over-consumption that we are facing today.
With huge demands on resources and high environmental impacts, the fashion industry needs to change. Over 100 students from all across the world will gather in Copenhagen during May 2016, to explore how the next generation of designers and business leaders may meet the challenges of over-consumption that we are facing today and speak their minds about the industry they would like to inherit and how sustainability in fashion can best be achieved.
As humans, we adapt and evolve. Constantly. Furthermore, we are good at it. We can change our behaviour, we learn to speak new languages and we learn to use new technology. However, It becomes slightly more difficult as we age. This is why the established fashion industry will never be completely detached from the current unsustainable paradigm of heavy polluting and resource intensive fashion and textile industry we have today. But the next generation of designers and business executives will be, which is why the new voice of fashion is so important. The next generation holds the key to a sustainable fashion future. The main purpose is to form an alliance with a variety of upcoming decision makers and like-minded individuals, who, a few years from now, will be making the decisions that shape the industry. This is what the industry needs to survive – a gentle push from the next generation.
A VOICE IN THE INDUSTRY
The Youth Fashion Summit was originally initiated to give the next generation a voice and an opportunity to influence the decisions that will be made today, but whose effect will mostly be felt tomorrow. As a part of the world’s largest and most important conferences on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, students are given easy access to CEOs, top designers, politicians and decision makers.
POWER OF NETWORK
Bringing talented young people from all over the world together shows that the real strength comes from the power of networking. The participants come with different experiences, qualifications and cultural backgrounds and when they leave Copenhagen they have formed and fused a network that will be powerful enough to change the world of fashion.