Rebellion, Riots and Revolution. Is Fashion in Turmoil?

FMCd 2nd Colloquium

FMCd 2nd Colloquium, 25th November 2021

Rebellion, Riots and Revolution

Is Fashion in Turmoil?

Or is the industry rebuilding new paradigms for a positive sustainable future?

In conjunction with The FMCd research network, Manchester Fashion Institute will host the 2nd Colloquium online on Thursday 25th November 2021.

Following the postponement of the 2020 event due to the  COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving ahead with a virtual event format for the 2021 colloquium.


The Colloquium explores the theme of riots and rebellion within our global interactions in the context of fashion marketing and consumption. We have accepted papers in any broad theme that explores the intersection of any sub topics of your research that resonates with this theme in its broadest or granular sense.

Submissions for paper presentations are now closed but we will see themes centred around (but not limited to): 

·Sustainability, Circular Economy

·Social Enterprise

·Technology and Digital



·Mobile and social media

·Retail futures

·Cultural appropriation in the fashion industry


·Consumption, consumerism, consumer behaviour


·Future landscapes

·Marketing communications


All the detail about formats and submitting final papers for the colloquium can be found here

Paper Submissions


The FMCd 2nd Colloquium will be hosted virtually.

Registration is now open for the conference. All attendees including paper presenters will need to register for the event.


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Colloquium Schedule

Full Schedule TBC 

Thursday 25th November 2021

9am – 4pm

Key Note Speakers

Leslie Holden, Founder of The Digital Fashion Group 

As a member of the AMFI board for over 14 years, Leslie was responsible for the redevelopment of the international curricula focussing on digitalisation and sustainability in fashion. Instrumental in establishing the ground-breaking “Hypercraft” minor where students immerse themselves in the world of 3D Virtual designing, and the first AMFI Master award, MA Fashion Enterprise Creation, he grew the international recognition and standing of the school as a centre of excellence for fashion teaching and research.

Leslie sits on the Steering Committee of The EU Worth Partnership Project, and is an EU expert for the creative industries. He was for many years an Executive Board member of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), and a trustee of The UK Graduate Fashion Foundation.

Ben Mears, Founder and Creative Director of Expio

Ben is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a career as a designer and CEO that spans many brands across the apparel and fashion industry. He graduated from Kingston University in Fashion/Apparel Design then went on to have a glittering fashion career working with leading brands, such as Saint Laurent as a Menswear Designer; Emanuel Ungaro as a Senior Menswear Designer in Paris; then back to London to work with Jaeger as Head of Menswear; then on to Tommy Hilfiger as Senior Design Director.  A position as Chief Executive Officer of (now no longer in existence) Chucs (a menswear lifestyle brand inspired by the classic and effortless style of the 50s and 60s so says Forbes magazine in 2016) before moving on to North Sails as Creative Director.

Expio’s purpose and mission is to ‘rebalance clothing’s impact on the world’. Expio create refined performance clothing using sustainably sourced, biodegradable materials. Ben is skilled in Trend Analysis, Luxury Goods, Technical Design, Trend Forecasting, and Fit and will be sharing with our delegates the highlights of his career and the impact he is making through the sustainability design innovations with Expio.



Managing your personal brand – Dr Samantha Lynch

Dr Samantha Lynch has designed a workshop to help academics take a more proactive approach to creating and managing their personal brand. Get more from what you are already doing and capture the attention of the audiences who you most want to connect with.

With over 15 years experience, Sam draws upon her expertise as a marketer helping businesses to raise their profiles. She explores how the same principles can be applied to academia to help you take charge of your career. Whether you are an emerging or experienced academic, the session will enable you to leverage your unique value, build upon your existing strengths and become more decisive about your academic career


Case Study Writing Workshop, supported by Bloomsbury – Hosted by Bethan Alexander and Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas

A dynamic interactive workshop to introduce you to and equip you with the information needed to write a fashion business case study for Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. Topics covered including teaching with cases and how to write a case study. FMCd Deputy Bethan Alexander and Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas will take you step-by -step through the process of writing a case and generating topics for new cases.

Register your interest for the workshops when you register for the conference, these will be available on a first come first served basis.