Registrations are now open for OUT OF FASHION, the first cycle of advanced training based on sustainability applied to the textile, clothing and accessories sector.

Starting from September 18, 2020, with the first lesson, the course will develop between frontal teaching and exercises for a total of 72 hours and will end in February 2021.

Born in 2014 from Connecting Cultures, from this year the teaching is completely renewed. This thanks to the partnership with, which together with CNA, the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation and the support of the Consulate General of the Netherlands, form the backbone of the course.

Sustainability in fashion today is no longer optional but compulsory. According to the United Nations, over 10% of global CO2 emissions and over 20% of water pollution is caused by the manufacturing industry, which with 92 million tons of waste produced per year is the second most polluting industry, after Oil & Gas.

Therefore, first of all, there is an urgent need for a more conscious behaviour on the part of all consumers, called to abandon the excesses dictated by Fast Fashion to reduce the immense volumes of clothing sent to waste.

At the same time, however, it is crucial the training of young people working in this sector and the parallel development of research, both in terms of innovative materials and production processes and supply chains.

New sustainable business models, development of CSR in the companies, experimentation with innovative non-polluting dyeing techniques and ethical and transparent fashion communication: these are just some of OUT OF FASHION topics.

And these are also the indispensable prerequisite for a sustainable transformation of the fashion world. An approach focused on the production of ecological objects is no longer enough. Still, we need to rethink the entire production and supply chain needs to achieve solid system sustainability.

This multidisciplinary approach is at the basis of the educational program, which is why the teachers come from very different but interconnected fields: journalists, fashion product innovators, management engineers, fashion designers are just some of the professionals of the prestigious teaching staff.

These include, for years, Isabella Goldmann, architect, director of Goldmann & Partners and the Applied Sustainability Studies Centre of IRCAS and editor of our magazine MeglioPossibile.

In the end, all students will receive a certificate of participation by Connecting Cultures in collaboration with

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