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The ethics of fashion - roundtable debate at LSE

A roundtable discussion on the ethics of fashion will be held at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 13 May.

Although fashion is a global industry with a global reach, its work practices are often criticised and its very existence is often portrayed as a superficial activity not worthy of respect. And yet we all wear clothes, our fashion education system is possibly the best in the world, and British designers exercise a huge influence on the fashion industry.

A diverse panel of speakers from Oxfam, House of Jazz, Institit de la Mode, Paris, GQ Magazine, London College of Fashion and People Tree, who work in a variety of activities in the world of fashion, will talk about why they do what they do, and what influences them.

On the panel are:

  • Sumi Dhanarajan, policy adviser for Oxfam GB and principle writer of Oxfam's report Play Fair in the Olympics, which calls upon sportswear brands and the Olympics Movement to ensure respect for workers' rights in the sportswear industry.
  • Pablo Flack, co-founder of east London-based design company House of Jazz.
  • Pascal Morand, director of Institut de la Mode, Frances leading post graduate school for fashion management.
  • Charlie Porter is associate editor of GQ magazine.
  • Elizabeth Rouse, dean of academic development and quality assurance at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.
  • Representative from People Tree, the UK's new Fair Trade and Ecology Company.

Nick Byrne, director of the LSE Language Centre, will chair this event, which is free and open to all with no ticket required.

The Ethics of Fashion is on Thursday 13 May at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A.


To request a press ticket for this event, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


Oxfam GB is a humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation seeking to alleviate poverty and suffering. Working with partner organisations, it has provided support to workers within the garment industry who face unhealthy, unsafe and undignified working conditions in factories supplying global brands. In February 2004, Oxfam published a report Stop Trading Away Our Rights, which draws attention to how the buying practices of multinational apparel companies are causing abusive employment practices in their supply chains. In March, together with the Clean Clothes Campaign and Global Unions, it launched the Play Fair in the Olympics campaign, which calls upon sportswear brands and the Olympics Movement to ensure respect for workers' rights in the sportswear industry.

House of Jazz was set up by Pablo Flack and Hazel Robinson in the summer of 2000. They met in Shoreditch when Hazel had just graduated from Middlesex University in fashion design and Pablo, a graduate of LSE, was managing the Bricklayers Arms and clubs in the area. From small beginnings, producing one-offs for the clubs, they have developed a very independently-minded successful company and have been recent New Generation winners.

Institut de la Mode, Paris, is France's leading post graduate school for fashion management. It attracts top students from a range of French and international institutions such as HEC and Science-Po who wish to start a career in fashion management. Pascal is himself an economist, and Biblioteca Europea published his book La Victoire de Luther in 2001.

GQ is a men's magazine that addresses the people, places, ideas and issues that shape men's personal expression, development and experiences. Each issue features fashion, journalism, contemporary fiction and service articles on fitness, grooming and health.

London College of Fashion is the only specialist college for fashion in the UK, London College of Fashion has an international reputation for design, consultancy and research. Elizabeth Rouse's educational background is in anthropology and the cultural history of clothing and fashion.

People Tree, the UK's new Fair Trade and Ecology Company, work with more than 70 different producer groups in 20 countries around the world, working in partnership, paying them a fair wage, giving regular orders, and providing design and technical support.

30 April 2004