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Sass Brown

Li Edelkoort’s recent declaration at Design Indaba in Cape Town, that “it’s the end of fashion as we know it”, merely voiced what many of us have known for some time now. The fashion industry is beyond a single shift towards transparency, less water use, or chemicals in our textiles, it is time for an entire shift in how we do business, from where we find inspiration, through the design process itself, all the way to end of life consid­erations. In short it’s time for a fashion revolution.

Sass Brown is Acting Associate Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. Originally from London, Sass estab­lished herself as a designer with her own signature collection selling in the UK and across Canada. As a researcher, writer, blogger and educator, her area of expertise is eco fashion, in all of its various expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, re-use and new business models.

She has published papers, spoken, taught and advised women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, governmental agencies, NGOs, SMEs and the creative industries in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Sri Lanka, Korea, China, Italy, France, USA, Canada and the UK, on the topic of sustainable design. Brown communicates and promotes the best in eco fashion design, through a multitude of media, most notably her books, Eco Fashion and ReFashioned, her website and her journalism.