Ethical Fashion and Textile Design, Summer School topic (Summer School)

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The award
Summer School

How long you will study
4 weeks

Domestic course fees
GBP 3850 per total

How you will study
find out

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 3850 per total

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About Ethical Fashion and Textile Design, Summer School topic at University of Southampton Summer School, University of Southampton

Learn to incorporate ethical practices at the process of design.

About REEM

The hallmark of an item by Reem is integrity and originality - Reem has managed to put together the most surprising elements and somehow, they always work.

Mixing metaphors is Reem's signature style and it is often almost impossible to tell if the clothes are antique or original. In 2009, at London Fashion Week, Reem broke all the rules and signposted a revolutionary new way of showing, working and selling a fashion collection by combining two seasons on one runway. The collections shown on the runway were re-cycled and sustainable collections which was an innovation at the time. This hands-on practice has allowed Reem to share her expertise with her students here at Winchester School of Art as well as develop her scholarly activity.

'As a fashion and textile practitioner I am able to use my experience and develop my research accordingly. The signature on all Reem's clothes is artisanship and handcrafted excellence. I apply the same magic to salvaged and re-worked clothes as I do to ready-to-wear and couture pieces'.

Reem's expertise in sustainable and ethical design is fundamental to future generations of fashion and textile students.

'I consistently deliver the message of sustainability, which is underpinned by our university's collegiality and fundamental values. These play a leading role in the debate nationally about teaching and learning policy, methods and practices.'

Ethical and Sustainable Solutions

Learning to incorporate ethical practices at the process of design will give you a competitive advantage and encourage smart sustainable design. You will certainly be inspired by Reem's experience in retail sales, visual merchandising, brand enhancement and trend forecasting. This course will give students hands-on experience of designing an ethical and sustainable fashion or textile collection.

Using recycled garments provided by WSA, you will be encouraged to research your ideas and source up-to-date information to inspire you in designing your collection.

On a practical level, by the end of the course you will leave with a completed zero waste collection and a sketchbook full of inspirations.

A field trip a London antique market will be an inspiration to your collection.

The course is taught by Reem Alasadi and an assistant with the combined experience of more than 25 years' working in sustainable fashion. Above all, they share a passion for changing the future of fashion waste.

Topics covered include:

  • research field trip to London flea market
  • textile fibres and sustainable alternatives
  • textile-based design methods
  • design a fashion sustainable collection
  • design a textile/knit sustainable collection
  • waste clothing (life cycle analysis) seminar

Join us for a summer of British culture and explore our world-leading research.

When you join the International Summer School 2018, you will study up to six exciting topics across the four weeks you are with us. Each topic is delivered by an internationally-recognised member of academic staff at the University of Southampton working in partnership with one of our many enthusiastic postgraduate research students. Across three engaging and interactive classroom sessions, they will introduce you to their topic of choice, explaining why it is important to them and offering you an insight into the world-class research environment they work in.

You will find each topic is a friendly and engaging experience: you will normally study in groups with around 15 – 20 fellow students, allowing you to form good working relationships and have the opportunity to contribute and discuss in class.

Each topic includes a guided trip or excursion to an important cultural site which is relevant to the studies you are undertaking, helping you to put the knowledge you have gained into a real-world context.

You will receive supporting materials in advance of the topic so you can feel well-prepared and you will be provided with a pack of information so you can continue to explore the topic and develop your interest afterwards.


At the end of the course, all students will receive a certificate of attendance.  You can choose to complete the assessed exercises for the International Summer School.  If you complete the assessments, you will receive a transcript from the University of Southampton worth 5 ECTS credits.  The assessments will test your engagement and understanding of each topic you choose to study, and confirm that you have engaged with the cultural experience of joining us at Southampton.  Though subject to confirmation, it is likely this include a multiple choice test, completing a reflective log, and taking part in a group presentation. You should speak with your university to confirm that the ECTS credits can count towards your studies at your home university.

Availability and Choice

The topics available on the summer school are indicative of rich and varied curriculum you will engage with at Southampton. Due to timetabling constraints, some topics will not be available in combination with each other. To ensure a positive experience, spaces on each topic will be limited and places allocated on a first-come-first-served basis after receipt of deposit and response to request for information. No commitment can be made that a particular topic will be available; if you have particular concerns about this, please get in touch using the contact information provided.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardSummer SchoolHow you will study find outHow long you will study4 weeks
    Course startsJulyDomestic course feesGBP 3850 per totalInternational course feesGBP 3850 per total

Notes about fees for this course

A deposit of £500 (Pounds Sterling) is required to reserve a place and this payment is non-refundable.

You will be contacted by email with the information about making the finial payment of £3350, including a place in hall accommodation.

The remainder of the costs must be paid up to a month before the Summer School.

Please note you must be 18 years of age or over at the start of the Summer School

Entry requirements

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