Co-designing Fashion Futures Past Event

Presented by Clarice Garcia and RMIT University
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In transitional times societies are characterised by complexity and contradiction, where old systems are crumbling while new ones have not yet emerged. In a global context driven by chaos, fast pace changes, sustainability challenges, and erratic societal behaviours, rethinking fashion is crucial.

To explore the futures of fashion, Clarice Garcia invites guests to experiment with speculative design and foresight methods in a participatory hands-on session. This workshop will dive deep into alternative futures of fashion in the year 2050 and explore cultural values invisibly inscribed into fashion dynamics to collectively imagine futures for and through fashion.

Stretch your imagination and experience collective intelligence knowledge creation to imagine different futures, allow plurality of visions, and to appreciate the power of novelty.

This workshop is part of Ph.D research entitled Fashion Futures: a collective and interdisciplinary approach to futures thinking in transitional times’, which has been conducted in the School of Fashion & Textiles at RMIT Australia.

What to expect

– Challenge your assumptions about fashion and futures;

– Experience the power of a collective thinking about the fashion and futures;

– Get familiar with foresight and speculative design methods and investigate ways to deploy them in other topics;

– Take action through a creative approach towards futures thinking.

How it works

This face-to-face Design Futures workshop will take place in Melbourne, on Saturday, April 1st, 2021, starting at 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Alternating between small groups and the plenary, participants will dive deep into different futures of fashion, challenging current assumptions to further stretch the imagination to think about alternative futures not just in creating scenarios, but also in imagining prototypes and visuals that might illustrate and materialise new futures. Concluding, we will discuss how this workshop might evolve in next editions. Participants will receive a Consent Form that must be signed and returned to the the researcher beforehand the workshop.

Who should attend

-Fashion stakeholders (including students, users, professionals, or academics);

-Designers, artists, creators;

-People involved in culture studies;

-Everyone interested in building alternative futures together;

-Everyone wanting to learn and explore speculative design and foresight methods in a co-design session.

Clarice Garcia, RMIT University

Clarice Garcia is a researcher, designer and facilitator and holds a master’s degree in Design from the University of Brasilia in Brazil. She is also conducting her Ph.D in the school of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University Australia. Since 2014, Clarice has been passionately engaged in trend forecasting processes, collaborating with trend and design research companies, including Box1824, Float, Questto Nò, and Kantar Latin America, unfolding futures to clients such as Unilever, Ford, Grendene, and Nestlè. Clarice is also interested in the power of collective thinking and participatory design processes to unfold more democratic and plural visions of futures.

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Thu 01 Apr 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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