Course contents

Course Description


4 CO19SLIX8000


Sustainable Fashion


5 cr


Fashion is fascinating, forward-thinking, innovative and fast-moving. To understand, why fashion matters, it is important to understand the huge scale of fashion industry. Especially fast fashion and the fast fashion processes have massive impacts on the environment and social, cultural and economic context. This course provides the basics of sustainable fashion

The student learns to realize what impacts his/her decisions about fashion have on sustainability. He/she becomes familiar with fashion concepts in a social, cultural, environmental and economical context both locally and globally. The student understands the importance of sustainable fashion strategies based on future thinking. He/she understands the basics of sustainable fashion life cycle and fashion cycle. The student learns to work in a practical, creative and innovative way in the development of fashion concepts in a sustainable context. He/she is able to demonstrate a critical engagement in various aspects of sustainability and justify his/her proposals and decisions. He or she will learn to work in a concept design process based on both an experimental, sustainable and commercial approach.


Definitions of sustainable fashion.
Fashion in global context.
Sustainable fashion strategies and methods.
Life cycle thinking and the basics of fashion cycle
Sustainable fashion trend and market.
Developing a sustainable fashion concept.


- Active participation, complete all assignments and self-evaluation


100 % online (Moodle)

- The Moodle platform opens up for orientation and access on 20.09.2019. For to participate the course, the login is required by 30.09.2019 at the latest.
- The course and exams will open on 20.09.2019 and will be closed on 20.12.2019 at 11.55 pm.
- During 12.10. – 20.10.2019 no personal support.
- Assessment will be registered by 20.1.2020.

Grading Scale

Passed - Failed

Course material

Niinimäki, Kirsi (ed.) 2013. Sustainable fashion: new approaches. Helsinki: Aalto ARTS Books (e-book).
Global reports and researches
Other course-specific e-learning materials provided by the lecturer.


- one year/basic studies in business or design


Ryynänen Sirpa,