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2021 Responsable Fashion Series
October 20, 2021 - October 22, 2021
Can fashion save the world?
We are presently in a crisis that is nothing like anything we have ever faced before and we were reminded of our Antwerp experience from the beginning of the 1990s. Then, we were facing in Europe important societal changes, increasing globalization, an escalation in migration and the breakthrough of populist parties all over Europe. Antwerp became in 1993 the cultural capital of Europe and ran with the ‘tagline’: “Can the arts save the world?” What Antwerp 93 wanted to stimulate was a reflection and debate about the societal role that Arts and Culture (including fashion) could play and thereby offering innovative approaches through arts and culture as a utopic remedy. The crisis today might need something similar? Thus, accordingly, we update our offer: can fashion save the world?
Many of you might quickly agree that fashion can be known for its disruptive potential and therefore ahead of his time or alternatively you might see it differently, rather that it is symptomatic of today’s problems? We claim that no other field of study and practice embraces change like fashion and here in Antwerp fashion designers have for a long time been known for their creativity and disruptive imagination. Therefore, we ask:
Might Creatives play a greater role in a changing world?