The Emperor’s New Clothes – a sustainable future for fashion and textiles

Created by ACS Green Chemistry Institute® on May 5, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom

Starts at 9:00 AM · Ends at 7:00 PM, EST (America/New_York)

  • ACS Green Chemistry Institute®

Date: June 24th, 2015 | Time: 9:00 — 17:00


a RITE at Leeds conference Wednesday 24 June 2015 University of Leeds


About the conference


The Emperor’s New Clothes sees the RITE Group return to the University of Leeds with a reenergised and refocused approach to sustainability in the world of fashion and textiles. Recognising that the industry needs a step-change in its approach to sustainability in terms of design, technology and collaborative action, the line-up for the conference is as exciting and thought-provoking as it is unique. Confirmed speakers include:


Professor Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security and expert in sustainability in agriculture, University of Leeds


Sean Cady, Vice President, Global Responsible Sourcing, VF Corporation


Dr Mathilda Tham, Professor in Design, Linnaeus University and Metadesign researcher, Goldsmiths, University of London


Dr Mats Westin, Program Director, Mistra Future Fashion project




There is a growing recognition within fashion and textiles that a step-change is required in our approach to sustainability. To date, sustainable innovation has tended to concentrate on eco-efficiency: reducing, rather than truly addressing, environmental and social impacts. This conference intends to reveal the truth about the current state of the fashion industry and ask fundamental questions – which have, to now, largely gone unspoken – relating to consumption and growth. Moving beyond prevailing assumptions, we will encourage delegates to imagine alternative textile futures, where sustainability is intrinsically applied to all aspects of fashion and textiles.


We aim to host an open discussion between stakeholders from a range of spheres: industry and academia, engineering and the arts, micro enterprises and industrial giants. The multifaceted challenge of sustainability requires a collaborative approach, and the conference will highlight the role of design in connecting technological and social research and innovation. Taking a strategically inclusive perspective, we will embrace both incremental initiatives and experimental approaches and encourage a frank debate about the scale and pace of change.


The Emperor’s New Clothes conference sees the RITE Group return to its birthplace, the University of Leeds. The group, founded in 2007, had great success in providing factual information about sustainability to the fashion industry, retailers, brands, media and government until its last conference in 2012.


Booking and practical information


Conference tickets are available at £75.00 per person. A limited number of free student tickets are also available.


To book your place, download the booking form (editable pdf) and return to Dinah Wharton, School of Design, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT.


Tel: 0113 343 3758.


Email: d.j.wharton@leeds.ac.uk.

Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom