Sustainable fashion

7.00pm to 8.45pm, Wednesday 18 March

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Please note that this event has changed from it's previous date of 25 February. 

What is the impact of fast fashion on our climate and how can we reduce that impact?

Join our panel of experts as they explore our desire for new clothes and the new techniques being developed to make fashion more sustainable.

This event will end at 8.15pm and be followed by a clothes swap. Bring a piece of clothing with you that you're not keen on and you can swap it with someone else's on the night. 

Clothes swap rules

  • You can only bring one piece of clothing to swap on the night. 
  • Clothes must be clean
  • Clothes must be in a wearable condition and in good shape
  • Absolutely no undergarments
  • Any clothes left at the end of the night will be sent to multiple charities across London. 

About the speakers

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster. She is Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at  London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London).

She was educated at the universities of Cambridge, Cornell and London. She is a Fellow of the Forum for Philosophy at the London School of Economics.

You can hear her regularly on radio and TV as one of the presenters of BBC Radio 3's Arts and Ideas programme, Free Thinking, and an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

Natsai Audrey Chieza is Founder and Director of Faber Futures, an award-winning multidisciplinary design agency operating at the intersection of nature, technology, and society. The London-based studio empowers industry and institutions with innovative design solutions and R&D for an impactful transition towards sustainable futures.

An international speaker on emergent futures, Natsai is named on OkayAfrica’s '100 Women 2018' for her work in STEM, ICON Magazine's 2019 'ICON Design 100' list and It's Nice That's 'Ones to Watch 2019'.

Tim Cooper is Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University and Academic Lead for its Sustainable Futures strategic research theme. A graduate of Bath University, Tim was an industry economist prior to posts at the New Economics Foundation and Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests are multidisciplinary, embracing design, consumer behaviour, business models and public policy, all in the context of environmental sustainability. He specialises in research relating to product lifetimes.

Contributing Editor of 'Longer Lasting Products', his recent work has focussed on the clothing and electronic goods industries. Since 2011 he has led four projects on clothing for WRAP, served as consumer behaviour advisor for its 'Valuing Our Clothes' report and developing its Clothing Industry Protocol. Most recently he led a research project for Defra entitled 'Strategies to improve design and testing for clothing longevity' and the creation of an industry toolkit, the 'Clothing Durability Dozen'.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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