Farid Bin Karim is the first student to graduate from the MSc Wearable Futures degree and has created a body of written work entitled "Couturier and the Art of Survival: a Technologist's Guide". This work is the result of Farid's ambitious attempt to explore the appetite within the 'closed-shop' of couture for current and future technologies.
The industry is changing, slowly, and at last consumers are starting to demand change - especially through glorious campaigns like #FashRev and #WhoMadeYourClothes. Really the only way to change the big bad industry is to talk through our purses. If we all start to consume more ethically, and less, then big businesses will have to take notice.
With the end of Fair Fashion Month, our ethical fashion campaign with Fairphone came the judging for A Sustainable World 2016 - our annual Art competition which attracts applicants from across the world. I was honoured to be joined on the judging panel by my current collaborator from across the pond, renowned vegan artist Dana Ellyn, and London's King of conceptual art Duggie Fields.
At last night's Golden Globes we saw Hollywood glamour at its best, and guess what? There wasn't a fake strip lash, tattooed brow or hair extension in sight. Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman all chose to play down their classic coutures and enhance their natural beauty with nude make up, healthy skin and tousled shiny locks.
Answer me this: do you ever try to pronounce the word 'haute' or do you wilfully ignore it in favour of a simple 'couture'? As someone whose tongue actively repels credible foreign accents and pronunciation, any attempt to talk about haute couture with colleagues induces that very dilemma and adds an extra scoop of resentment to my angry (and metaphorical) ice-cream sundae.