Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Global Fashion Agenda

Gathering fashion's decision makers 

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Established in 2009, Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world’s leading event on sustainability in fashion for industry decision-makers.

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, patroness of CFS:
“Today Copenhagen Fashion Summit 7 years later is seen by some as the Davos for the fashion industry. It has become a global gathering of influential decision makers in fashion business and politics.”
A venue for everyone in the industry
As a meeting platform for the fashion sector’s decision-makers, leading NGOs, experts, policy-makers and academia, the Summit aims to create a common understanding and gain industry-wide commitment on the most critical issues facing our industry and planet.Leaders from the fashion sector, NGOs, policy and academia are gathered to partake in the important discussion on how the fashion industry can contribute to a world beyond the next season.
The Summit – a place for conversations
The Summit  presents a curated programme of keynotes and discussions and deep diving breakout sessions with leading voices who will share their experiences and commitments to inspire future action.
Design Challenge
Sustainable fashion is just as attractive as conventionally produced clothes.In collaboration with H&M and Nordic Fashion Association, Danish Fashion Institute aspires to draw attention to this. Eight of Scandinavia’s most prominent brands have been challenged to participate in the 2016 Design Challenge. The participating brands were asked to curate a sustainable wardrobe using two sets of clothes from their back catalogues. A jury of international fashion and sustainability experts have reviewed the designs and selected three outfits to receive a special mention, based on whether the styles chosen consisted of environmentally friendly/certified materials, if they were purchased in an environmentally friendly manner, if their care labels had sustainable washing instructions and whether they were cleverly packaged. 
Denim Challenge
 In collaboration with the Danish Fashion Institute, denim manufacturer ISKO invited nine top international design talents to create one complete outfit in sustainable denim supplied and produced by ISKO. The participating brands were selected by a selection committee consisting of the British Fashion Council, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Flanders Fashion Institute and the Nordic Fashion Association. A jury consisting of international fashion and sustainability experts then reviewed the denim designs and chose three outfits to receive a special mention, based on who most successfully merged environmental friendliness with cutting edge design. 
Change through education
Learning through academia is an important part of Global Fashion Agenda’s ambition to ensure the academic voice in the sustainability discussion. This voice is important to ensure the level of knowledge throughout the fashion value chain. To intensify the connection between the often-separated industry and academia, focus will be on three levels: students, educators and academia management. This will be done at three key events leading up to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit; Youth Fashion Summit, Educators Summit and Academic Leaders Round Table.

"The vision of the young is very different – they see the world as the world can be

Suzy Menkes, Vogue International Editor, in conversation withRenzo Rosso.

Commitment to change
Tangible solutions and hands-on knowledge are key to drive the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future, which is why the Summit will present both tangible outcomes and call to action. A high-level commitment based on the yearly topical focus will be presented at the Summit each year along with a toolbox making it achievable by the vast majority of Summit participants and a broad range of companies globally. Progress on the commitments will be tracked and reported back every year at the Summit to ensure that change is made.
A closer look at circular economy
 In partnership with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Global Fashion Agenda previews the first ever comprehensive study of the global apparel and footwear textiles fibres system at the 2017 Copenhagen Fashion Summit. The study is part of a three-year programme looking at fibres in a circular economy.
Call to action
Global Fashion Agenda aims to create a unified effort among fashion brands and retailers in increasing the extent to which garments and footwear are collected, reused and recycled. GFA  will call on fashion brands and retailers to lead the way and make a public commitment to industry stakeholders, policy makers and consumers that they are actively taking steps to accelerate the fashion industry´s transition to a more circular system.
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