We launched as Centre for Circular Design in 2017 but our research journey began in 1996 as Textiles Environment Design. Below are some of our milestone projects.
What if we could design garments for different speeds of use?Materials Major Projects
BFTT is led by University of the Arts London (UAL) in collaboration with UCL, Loughborough University, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds and Queen Mary University London, and includes specialist research centres in sustainable fashion, circular design, fashion business and innovation, digital anthropology, materials and textiles manufacturing
Kate Goldsworthy has taken up the role of Deputy Director of BFTT and continues to work with Rosie Hornbuckle and colleagues at LCF.Major Projects
The Circular Design Speeds project was developed as part of the Mistra Future Fashion Design Themeresearch. The proposition was to develop ‘ultra-fast’ and ‘super-slow’ design prototypes for different extremes of use, in order to better understand the design implications of different circular systems.
Researchers worked closely with material developers and service providers, to design appropriate materials for different speeds of use, production and recovery. They developed the concepts whilst also continuing to share their approaches with fashion designers in industry to enable commercial prototypes to be developed alongside the research garments.
The work resulted in several major outcomes: The Circular Transitions conference and Making Circles exhibition in 2016, exhibits in the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition and permanent collection in 2018, the Disrupting Patterns exhibition with Filippa K also in 2018 and the Circular Design Guidelines to be published in 2019.
See below for project stories:Major Projects