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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education

For a Special Issue on
Innovation and Fashion Sustainability

Manuscript deadline
30 September 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Isabel Cantista, University Lusíada Norte - Porto - Portugal
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Silvia Pérez Bou, ISEM Fashion Business School - University of Navarra - Madrid - Spain
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Innovation and Fashion Sustainability

Innovation and Fashion Sustainability

The topic of sustainability has become increasingly relevant in the world of fashion. The economic and social development model propounded by the United Nations, in 1992, in the Agenda 21 document, and in the Report on Objectives for Sustainability in 2030 has been given a very particular impetus by the objectives recently established by both the UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action, in 2018 and the Fashion Pact, in 2019.

In a world increasingly interconnected in order to make sustainable fashion the norm, an approach that embraces the entire fashion system and its value-chain is needed: production, sales, communication, consumption. The impact of fashion on the everyday lives of billions of people, professionals, customer-consumers, and the preservation of natural resources of our planet demands this approach. The COVID19 pandemic with all its consequences has made us stop and question ourselves on how we progress towards achieving this model of sustainable fashion.

To create a new equilibrium between the global and the local, where the dignity of each human is championed, is at the core of a new fashion system based on sustainability. Such a balance is only attainable through innovation and its underlying premise of collaboration, between different parts of the system

The model of national innovation systems created, among other authors by Richard R. Nelson, which was also later developed for regional innovation systems by Scholars like Philip Cooke and Jorge Niosi can provide a reference framework for this change. Within this model, four decision areas and therefore four groups of decision makers are identified. These goups need to be able to listen to each other and to collaborate in order to build together this new sustainable fashion model. The four areas are political institutions, business, education and teaching, and the financial sector.


Research Topics

Potential themes to be addressed in the special issue include:

Political Institutions

  • How does international agreements such as the 2030 SDGs and specifically the UN Fashion Charter and the Fashion Pact influence the national agenda for a more sustainable fashion of countries?
  • Do these agreements have any influence in the fashion business? Only in particular countries, or companies?
  • What has been achieved so far by the political action or pressure?


  • How are the concepts of sustainability and circular economy present in the daily activity of business companies?
  • What are the main difficulties faced by companies which are making a transition towards a more sustainable fashion?
  • What is the role of new technologies, may they be new materials, or IT, when it comes to the development of new business models where sustainability is present?
  • How much do companies engage with their consumers in terms of offering a more transparent information about sustainability in their business?
  • Is it clear for the consumer what a sustainable fashion product is, and what is not?
  • Which are the main challenges for the new business models?


  • Is Fashion a topic currently discussed at schools, from early age, contributing for a more responsible consumption now and in the future? Is it clear the impact fashion has on the planet’s resources and climate change?
  • Many Fashion Schools at University level include in their programs the issue of sustainability. Is it clear that this is a transversal approach and that all aspects from supply-chain, to production and selling involve a sustainability stance?
  • What are the main difficulties faced when you are teaching or learning Fashion from the point of view of sustainability?


  • What is the role of Business Angels and Venture Capital when it comes to support businesses built on sustainability?
  • Does the financial community understands and knows sustainability indicators? Which ones? Does it have them into account at the time of making a decision to support financially a specific business?
  • Is it available and transparent what are the forms of financial support available for fashion entrepreneurs or fashion businesses making a transition towards a more sustainable model for the textiles and fashion sector?
  • What is the impact the financial community – under all kinds of funding forms – expects from a sustainable fashion company? What are the indicators they look at?

The Guest Editors welcome other questions which could be related to the four different aspects of a fashion innovation system as referred to, here. Authors participating at the 9th edition of the Global Fashion Conference, the 21st and the 22nd October 2021, online, from the Academy of Fine Arts, in Warsaw, are also welcomed to submit their full papers, within the defined editorial lines.

Submission Instructions

To prepare their manuscript, authors are asked to closely follow the “Instructions to Authors” of the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.

Manuscripts will be refereed according to the standards of the journal.

Manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s electronic submission system by 30th September 2021, and the Special Issue will be published in July 2022. For further enquiries, please contact the guest editors.

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