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Webinar 27 November 10.00 -12.30 - Cultural Appropriation in Fashion

Cultural Appropriation in Fashion- Webinar
27th November 10.00am - 12.30pm

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As the fashion industry begins to shift towards a more sustainable future, it is important to recognise cultural sustainability as a key focus in this transition.
Join Fran Sheldon and a panel of leading experts as they discuss the subject of cultural appropriation, and its prevalence in the global fashion industry. 
They will assess the barriers that prevent the artisan communities being included and/or remunerated by the fashion industry when creating collections inspired by the traditional artefacts.
A special emphasis will be placed on the international legal framework applicable to intangible cultural heritage, and on the contemporary business models evident in the fashion industry that make accountability so problematic.
Fran will be joined by Actvist and Designer Carry Somers, Intellectual Property Rights expert Brigitte Vezina, Textile Conservator Emerita from New York's Met Museum Florica Zaharia, and Pier Luigi Petrillo professor of Cultural Heritage Law.

“Cultural Appropiation in Fashion” webinar is part of the “Give (Back) Credit to the Heritage Communities” project proposed by La Blouse Roumaine - IA Association, from Bucharest, Romania, in partnership with Gordana Grubjesic Etnology Fest (Republic of Serbia), National Institute of Heritage - Institutul Na?ional al Patrimoniului (România) and University for the Creative Arts - UCA Business School for the Creative Industries (United Kingdom). It aims to reset the place of traditional crafts, while promoting and preserving the specificity and skills of the craftsmen. The project will bring together designers and artisans through creative residencies focused on the iconic traditional items - the Romanian blouse (IA) and the Scottish Tartan. During the residencies, the designers will be invited to observe the authentic craftsmanship and learn about the profound meanings embedded in their craft.

The creative work will be simultaneous with the scientific work, organised around the main issues derived from “cultural appropriation” practices: the legal framework, the business models, and the possible synergies with the creative industries.
This webinar will discuss the subject of cultural appropriation, and its prevalence in the global fashion industry. Alongside leading experts and industry voices we will assess the barriers that prevent the artisan communities being included and/or remunerated by the fashion industry when creating collections inspired by the traditional artefacts. A special emphasis will be placed on the international legal framework applicable to intangible cultural heritage, and on the contemporary business models evident in the fashion industry. As the industry begins to shift towards a more sustainable future, it is important to place cultural sustainability as a focus in this transition.
This webinar is hosted by the Business School for the Creative Industries, part of University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and a partner of the Give Back Credit project. UCA is a specialist arts institution, and the highest-ranked creative specialist in the UK, with courses that span the arts, business and technology sectors. The Business School for the Creative Industries is the newest edition to the UCA community, and is ranked no.7 in the UK for Business, Management & Marketing (2021 Guardian League Tables). The Business School offers the tools and resources needed to support the global thinkers and leaders of tomorrow to achieve their creative and visionary goals.

“Give (Back) Credit to the Heritage Communities” project is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.