Christina Fassbender & Matthias Louwen on Circular and fashionable luxury design

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Christina Fassbender

Christina Fassbender is founder of the namesake fashion label, which stands for sustainable and affordable luxury. As a passionate fashion industry veteran, she and her brother founded Fassbender in 2017. Today, she has joined forces with New York-based creative director, Matthias Louwen, and got the brand onto international stages, like the Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Matthew Louwen

Before taking the position of Co-Creative Director at Fassbender, Matthias has been heading the design and runway teams of well-known fashion houses, such as Diane von Fürstenberg and Alexander Wang. With his creative hand-sketching skills, he is predestined for runway and MTO designs. At Fassbender, Christina and him follow a holistically sustainable approach guided by circularity and innovation.

Your course

Christina and Matthias explain how fashion labels can live up to a holistically sustainable vision. They talk about their personal challenges and experiences within the sustainable design process and explain what alternative ways they have discovered. Find out how to integrate the approach of circular economy into your design pieces by applying new technologies. Finally, Christina and Matthias provide first-hand advice on how to design timeless collections and runway shows more responsibly.

What's waiting for you

06 Why circularity matters

This is why circularity is an opportunity to learn how to deal more sustainably with the entire product lifecycle

10 Case study – Timeless collections

Find out how to develop timeless and evolving collections and how to design iconic it-pieces

01 Introducing Christina Fassbender

Get to know Christina Fassbender and her moment of change

02 What will you learn

Christina tells you what she and Matthias are going to talk about in this course

03 Defining responsible and fashionable luxury

Understand the dilemma, why established brands fear to adopt sustainable methods and why sustainable brands neglect their identity

04 Key challenges to create responsible fashion

Christina gives her view on the three biggest challenges for responsible fashion

05 Getting inspired

How to get from sketch to pattern and why vintage is an underestimated source of inspiration

06 Why circularity matters

This is why circularity is an opportunity to learn how to deal more sustainably with the entire product lifecycle

07 Finishing inspiration

Christina and Matthias tell you what has helped them to develop their own philosophy

08 The circular design process

Understand how to start a circular design process and what you need to consider along the way

09 Case study – Circular fashion

Learn how Christina and Matthias are overcoming the challenges of alternative raw materials and how to apply innovations

10 Case study – Timeless collections

Find out how to develop timeless and evolving collections and how to design iconic it-pieces

11 Ethical issues in the fashion industry

Christina calls out grievances and explains three ways to remediate worker issues for your brand

12 Planning a fashion show

Mattias provides his current perspective on the state of runway shows and what he does to plan them more responsibly

13 Conclusion

Christina's plea to develop valued products, permitting to self-gift and indulgence

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