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From design to merchandising, the fashion industry is undergoing rapid change in response to market demand for sustainability, wearable technology and digital design.

Dr Anne Farren has been engaged in the craft of making since she was eleven, in both ceramics and textiles. For the past thirty years she has been involved in the curation of textile and fashion exhibitions presented in Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. Since 2001, she has been the academic head of the fashion program at Curtin University.

In this episode, Dr Farren discusses what future fashion might look like and the technological, ethical and economic forces will drive it.

  • What will streetwear look like in 20 years’ time? (0.33)
  • What exactly is smart fashion? (1.35)
  • How do we know whether our clothes are made ethically? (10.57)
  • How long is the ‘fast fashion lifecycle’? (15.45)
  • What’s being done at Curtin to build the future of fashion and design? (27.17)


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You can read the full transcript for the episode here.