BoF Voices, 2018.
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27.11.2018

Business of Fashion (BoF): When Biology Becomes Technology

By Magdalena Obmalko

Voices is The Business of Fashion’s (BoF)annual multi-sector gathering exploring disruptive ideas for the fashion industry. This year, Faber Futures founder Natsai Chieza will join other exciting speakers, including designer Stella McCartney, whistleblower Christopher Wiley and founder of Gal Dem collective Liv Little, to share her perspective of emerging intersections between technology, culture and fashion.

The conference is curated around key thematics, and in addition to that, more intimate salon-style conversations :

Session 1: The Wider World; Session 2: Inside the Fashion System; Session 3: Technology and Innovation; Session 4: New Consumer Markets; Session 5: Live Your Best Life.

The salons are hosted by industry leaders and experts, exploring subjects as diverse as the future of AI in fashion, inclusivity, sustainability and workers rights.

At Faber Futures, we are developing design-driven protocols with pigment-producing microorganisms that provide both technical and aesthetic solutions for textile production, while reducing water use and eliminating toxic finishing chemicals. We believe that an approach that integrates design thinking at the start of the innovation process promotes a holistic path towards circular biodesign in fashion. Natsai’s talk will share how R&D at Faber Futures is informing a bottom-up innovation process that fundamentally challenges the present systemic failures of a heavily polluting, resource extractive, and inherently wasteful fashion industry. Natsai’s talk will be live-streamed (for Business of Fashion professional members only) during Day 1 Session 3: Technology and Innovation.

Natsai’s talk is now available to view here.

Natsai Audrey Chieza backstage during BoF VOICES on November 29, 2018 in Oxfordshire, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
Natsai Audrey Chieza speaks onstage during BoF VOICES on November 29, 2018 at Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
Natsai Audrey Chieza speaks onstage during BoF VOICES on November 29, 2018 at Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
Natsai Audrey Chieza speaks on stage during BoF VOICES on November 29, 2018 at Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
Natsai Audrey Chieza attends the gala dinner, in honour of Stella McCartney, winner of the Global VOICES Award for 2018, during BoF VOICES on November 30, 2018 at Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Kate Gilmore (Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations).
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Rohan Silva (Co-founder Second Home) moderating a panel with Shamir Sanni (Activist) and Katherine Hamnett CBE (Designer, Katherine Hamnett, Activist & Sustainable Fashion Pioneer).
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Bethan Hardison (Fashion Advocate), Patrick Robinson (Founder & Chief Executive, Paskho), Laquan Smith (Designer, Laquan Smith), Kerby Jean-Raymond (Founder & Creative Director, Pyer Moss).
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Stella McCartney (Creative Director Stella McCartney) in conversation with Lucy Siegle (Writer & Journalist).
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Alber Elbaz, (Designer).
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Tim Blanks (Editor-at-Large, The Business of Fashion) in conversation with Michèle Lamy (Entrepreneur & Producer, Owenscorp).
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Deray McKesson (Activist, Author & Educator).
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Imran Amed (Founder & CEO The Business of Fashion) in conversation with Sinéad Burke (Fashion Consultant, Sinéad Burke).
Our highlights from BoF VOICES 2018: Casey Gerald (Author & Entrepreneur).
McKinsey & Company and The Business of Fashion (BoF) joint Annual Report, published for BoF VOICES 2018.
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