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21 October - 17 November
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You are what you wear

Can you dress well, feel good and save the planet at the same time? Have your say

Drawing of a pile of clothes - seemingly discarded

Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

Come and join Katerina Fotopoulou (Professor in Psychodynamic Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis Unit Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, Brain Sciences, UCL) and her team from University College London, and the Textiles Circularity Centre who’ll run an interactive workshop exploring how a textile circular economy can serve our wellbeing, while also saving the planet. 

The session focuses on the psychology of wellbeing revealing that while narrow, hedonic interpretations of wellbeing are partly responsible for our culture of fast fashion and fast ecological destruction, alterative concepts of eudaimonic, and ‘long-term’ wellbeing can be leveraged to pursue sustainability in fashion.

What’s it about?

More and more people care about the ethics of fashion and saving the planet through responsible consumption. However, we also care about how clothes make us look and feel, and what they are costing us. How do all these considerations about our and the planet’s wellbeing relate? Do we have the knowledge and opportunities required to serve all these needs? What can the psychology of fashion, novel technologies of co-design, smart clothes and the sustainable brain teach us?

This is a participatory lecture where the answers of the participants about their own experiences, knowledge and relation to fashion, psychology and sustainability will be projected ‘live’ onto the screen and discussed in combination with existing research studies. A live quiz will also take place!


Who’s leading the event?

Professor Katerina Fotopoulou (Professor in Psychodynamic Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis Unit UCL Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology and her UCL team

Open to

Anyone who cares about the environment and wears clothes!

Event booking deadline

Attendees can book right up till the time is scheduled to start, subject to availability