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Growing Future Fashion Designers. Youth Climate Summit

Growing Future

South London Botanical Institute


Session for secondary schools


Growing Future Fashion Designers will give an overview of the impacts of the fashion industry on the environment and examine inspirational directions for design as a tool for change. Linking the talk to The South London Botanical Institute we will also highlight extraordinary and innovative textiles made from plants and plant bio-waste including coffee and grapes together with fashion and accessories made from these fabrics. The talk will help spark some  links between nature, creativity, science and tech in design innovation for textiles and fashion and give links to follow for further learning.


The South London Botanical Institute is based in Tulse Hill London. Founded in 1910, it has a beautiful botanical garden and runs a wide range of courses, workshops, school visits and events for visitors of all ages to learn about plants. 


Zoë Burt trained in textiles at Central St. Martins and worked in the fashion industry for nearly 20 years as a textile print and fashion designer. Her Seeds of Fashion project explored growing a garment from seed within M25 In collaboration with parks, schools and The London College of Fashion.  Zoë has her own studio design practise specialising in colour from plants @zoeburtuk

Teacher Rating
Overall Rating
11-16 years old
Key Subjects
Design Technology

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