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LEEDS – A fashion industry conference which will take place in the UK in September at the University of Leeds has announced a number of new speakers. The Emperor's New Clothes will take place at the University of Leeds in the North of England and include a keynote address by Kate Fletcher, a professor of sustainability, design and fashion at London College of Fashion. Kate has written more than 50 scholarly and popular publications in the fashion field.

Also talking will be Nik Engineer, global partners lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Nik leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's relationships with its global partners, each of whom are pathfinders within their respective industries, exploring the potential of the circular economy as a source of value creation.

Dr Alison Gwilt, reader in fashion and sustainability at Sheffield Hallam University is a fashion design researcher, author and consultant who explores and promotes a range of innovative design methods and approaches that seek to enable the fashion and textiles community to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices.

Professor William Young is professor of sustainability and business, and co-director of the sustainability research institute at the University of Leeds. William's research is focused on consumer behaviour around sustainability issues. He will be talking about the mainstreaming of sustainability issues in consumer attitudes along with some behaviours and how retailers and consumer-citizens are filling the void being left by slow government action.

The conference is organised by researchers from the School of Design at the University of Leeds and will host speakers and attendees from a diverse range of backgrounds: industry and academia, design and technology, micro enterprises and industrial giants.

Taking inspiration from the tale of The Emperor's New Clothes and the little boy who points out what no-one else dares to admit, the conference aims to offer an open platform for discussion. It will enable participants to explore points of difference, challenge myths and preconceptions, and consider alternative approaches for a more sustainable fashion and textiles future.

This conference will take place on Thursday 8 September at the University of Leeds.
Delegate fees: £75 (£60 early bird)
Student fees: £25 (£15 early bird)
Early bird prices are valid until 30 June 2016.
Online booking will open shortly. 

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