What can fashion education


What can fashion education do? This question leads the third edition of the Digital Multilogue on Fashion Education. While the Multilogue 2021 brought the community of fashion educators together for a two-day conference to create multiple dialogues and initiate collaboration, this year’s edition will be a rich three-hour online experience geared towards global connection and interaction to explore activist learning and transformative teaching in fashion education. Clare Farrel (Extinction Rebellion, London), Lesiba Mabitsela (fashion practitioner, co-founder African Research Institute (AFRI), Johannesburg), and Tanveer Ahmed (Senior Lecturer for Fashion and Race, Central Saint Martins College London) will join and voice their provocations.

The event will be moderated by conversation designer Ruben Klerkx

Clare Farrell is an active citizen, devoting her creativity, her energy, and occasionally her personal liberty, to fight against climate collapse and the wider environmental crisis. As one of the cofounders of Extinction Rebellion her work to date has included coordinating the creative team that delivered the name, identity, and messaging that the movement set out with in 2018, co-editing the bestselling book, This is Not a Drill, and now works with the UK media team and acts as a spokesperson. Clare has a professional background in the UK fashion industry, working across the high street, luxury and ethical sectors. She has been educating on fashion, ethics and sustainability for over a decade.

Lesiba Mabitsela is a South African interdisciplinary artist, designer and Fashion Practitioner currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mabitsela’s practice incorporates visual art and design with critical fashion and performance studies in his exploration of African masculine identities. Mabitsela is a former recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation scholarship, contributing to the completion of his master’s degree in theatre and performance at the University of Cape Town which was guided by the multidisciplinary studies offered under the auspices of the Institute for Creative Arts (formerly known as GIPCA). Mabitsela is also a founding member of the African Fashion Research Institute.

Tanveer Ahmed (she/her) is a final year AHRC funded PhD candidate at The Open University, UK investigating how Eurocentric and racist ideas underpin the design process in fashion design education. Tanveer has been recently appointed as senior lecturer in Fashion and Race as part of a programme wide drive towards implementing anti-racist fashion pedagogies at Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London. Tanveer is also a visiting tutor in History of Design at The Royal College of Art in London.
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The Digital Multilogue on Fashion Education is a participatory and outcome-oriented space and a series of conferences focused on the learning and teaching of fashion at the tertiary level. It aims to explore and illustrate the diversity and complexity of the field and the practices of fashion education, and to foster a greater understanding of its pasts, presents and futures – methods, values and didactic, pedagogic and epistemological questions - creating a global exchange to inspire mutual learning, collaborative research and shared action.

The Multilogues are organized by Franziska Schreiber & Dr. Renate Stauss, who are brought together and driven by their love for making and wearing fashion, for learning and thinking through fashion, and their belief in its connective, educational and transformative potential.

DE-FASHIONING EDUCATION • Hybrid Conference • 15 & 16 September 2023 • Berlin • REGISTRATION OPENS 15TH JUNE 2023 •  The Digital Multilogue on Fashion Education X fashioning education •


Dr. Renate Stauss is Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies at The American University of Paris in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture. She is also a lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts. 
Franziska Schreiber is a fashion designer and currently holds a professorship for „fashion I body I digitality“ at the Berlin University of the Arts.


Fashion is a great teacher because it provides a fantastic lens to learn about the world and its people, about history, politics and culture. Join Renate Stauss and Franziska Schreiber, to discover the most inspiring voices in fashion education, their take on the how and why of learning and teaching fashion, their doubts and hopes, their lessons from fashion.

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Special edition: The Digital Multilogue X Fashion is a great teacher

What kinds of fashion education are needed now? a global choir of voices and ideas
In this special edition you will listen to a choir of voices from the last Digital Multilogue on Fashion Education, organized by Renate Stauss & Franziska Schreiber, the conference that asked: What kinds of fashion education are needed NOW? In October 2021, the Multilogue brought together 450 participants from 52 countries. Through a wealth of papers and workshops, provocations and conversations, a student think tank and exhibition, and a live podcasting booth it aimed to inspire mutual learning, collaborative research and shared action – fashion educations for NOW. This special edition of Fashion is a great teacher brings you a lasting multilogue, a global choir of thoughts, ideas and solutions on what it means to learn and teach fashion at this collective moment, what moves people right now and what fashion education has done and could do.


Come together! - towards a collaborative community of fashion educators. Join this global community mapping, inaugurated at The Digital Multilogue on Fashion Education 2020

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