Man in the White Suit, Green Week 2014, CSM

As one of a series of ‘No More Stuff’ events being staged at CSM for Green Week 2014, CSM’s Socially Responsive Design Research Group and Fashion In Film invite you to a public screening of the 1951 Ealing comedy Man in the White Suit. To be followed by a panel discussion exploring the film’s themes of dematerialisation, disruptive innovation, sustainability and industry.

The film is about a research scientist working in the textile mills of Manchester who creates what appears to be an everlasting cloth that never needs cleaning and never wears out. The ramifications of the material for entrenched commercial and social interests becomes apparent and the film finds the scientist being chased through the streets of Manchester by Industrialists and Unions alike.

This films storyline entertainingly raises some serious issues relating to the theme of No More Stuff. Particularly, the role of production and consumption of material goods as it relates to employment and entrenched commercial interests. In 1951 the Academy award nominated screenplay concluded that the textile industry wasn’t ready for No More Stuff. 63 years onare we any closer to embracing No More Stuff? Should we be? Are there alternative socially beneficial strategies to be considered? What knowledge and skills are required of designers to negotiate this changing landscape?

Panelists include:

▪   Professor Becky Earley – Textiles Sustainability and Design/Textiles Futures Research Centre, UAL

▪   Professor Barry Curtis – Critical and Historical Studies, Royal College of Art

▪   Cyndi Rhoades – Founder, Closed Loop Executive Officer, Worn Again

▪   James Wallman – Journalist, Trend Forecaster and Author of Stuffocation

Co-chairs:

▪   Marketa Ulihrova – Fashion in Film, UAL

▪   Adam Thorpe – Socially Responsive Design Research Group/Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab, UAL

The event on Thursday 13th of February will be at the Central Saint Martins, LVMH Lecture Theatre, E003, from 6.00 – 8.30 pm. Registration is required via Eventbrite.