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Laetitia Forst

Design Exchange Partnerships 2024

Laetitia Forst is a postdoctoral research fellow at UAL.

She holds a masters degree from the Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs Paris in textiles and materials design, and completed her PhD in sustainable and circular textile design at the University of the Arts London (UAL) in 2020. Her doctoral research explored the potential of textile design for disassembly as a circular design strategy to improve material recovery and recycling. This opened up avenues to exploring how textile prototyping can design ahead of the great system changes that need to happen in the industry.

Since completing her PhD she has been involved as a postdoctoral research fellow at UAL, working on large scale collaborative projects exploring transitions for the fashion industry through design and business models (BFTT Partnership), material innovation approaches (HEREWEAR), and design for recycling (Quantifying Circularity). One of her key interests is in the effects of sustainability ‘constraints’ on the creative process, considering how they can be drivers for innovation rather than limitations.

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