The first London Design Biennale will open this September, 7 – 27 September, at Somerset House with over 30 countries participating. Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design. As part of the London Design Biennale's talks program Polly Leonard, Founder Selvedge, will lead a discussion that considers how in a world of fast fashion, when a new tee shirt can cost less than a cup of coffee, we can reconcile providing income to makers in developing countries while acknowledging the carbon footprint of our clothes. As well as investigating how we can justify making more garments when there are wardrobes bursting with deserted clothes, she will look at pre-Industrial Revolution textile production methods as a possible ways to engage with sustainable production for the future.
Make sure to catch Selvedge's discussion Back to the Future: sustainability in contemporary textile production, speakers will include Polly Leonard - Founder of Selvedge, Safia Minney - MBE FRSA, Founder of People Tree and Carin Mansfield - slow fashion designer and Founder of Universal Utility. Saturday 24 September, 4pm www.londondesignbiennale.com Images Christina Mayer Peace Collection.