London workshops to explore Brexit’s impact on fashion sector

Professionals in the creative industries, including lingerie designers and business owners, have been invited to take part in a series of workshops exploring the impact of Brexit on their sector.

The workshops, which will take place in London next month, are designed to provide a platform to explore strategies for post-Brexit scenarios and building collaboration between creative businesses in the UK and the EU.

Each workshop will feature talks from leading academics, designers and entrepreneurs, a participative workshop and a panel discussion, followed by networking drinks.

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Design and Brexit – Creative & Cultural Industries, which will take place on November 4, will look closely at the process of transnational networking and collaboration across a range of sectors including design, architecture, education and digital design, using case studies from existing European projects.

Design and Brexit – Fashion Focus, which will take place on November 11, will look at some of the practical challenges posed by leaving the EU, such as the location of production and of designers, as well as some of the conceptual and cultural implications of the vote to leave.

It will feature speakers including Brigitte Stepputtis, head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood, Amber Siegel of menswear brand Baartmans and Siegel, and Emmanuelle Dirix, lecturer in Fashion History at Manchester Metropolitan University and Antwerp Fashion Academy.

Both workshops will be facilitated by writer, curator and cultural initiator Ken Pratt who is currently working with a start-up developing travel app Pearlshare.

Speaking about the event, Ken Pratt said: “The EU has been the barely visible glue that has held European creative industries together and made them more robust for so long that we have forgotten what it was like before. We neglect what severing that connection means at our own peril. To not consider the implications is tantamount to negligence.”

Both workshops have been backed by the Dutch embassy, will be held at the Dutch Centre in London.

Attendance at the workshops is free but places are limited. Anyone wishing to attend should email LON-PPC@minbuza.nl with the name of the relevant workshop in the subject line.

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