ETHAN BURTON looks at the highlights from UCL MODO Fashion Society’s The Countdown Fashion Show. UCL MODO Fashion Society presented its first main show of the year, The Countdown Fashion Show, a collaboration with UCL Climate Action Society focusing on sustainability and the notion that ‘anything is possible.’ The palette of talent offered such designs; collections had consistently strong concepts, and each look revealed a fresh insight into the future of fashion. The clothes presented were either upcycled or produced of recycled materials, yet the garments appeared as if new. It called to remind us that we can no longer excuse our practices and lack of mindfulness towards the way we treat waste. One common theme threaded through many of the designs was a focus upon comfort. Designs all aimed to facilitate the wearer’s movement. This basis was spotted in the casual and utilitarian designs reproduced the double denim and…Continue Reading

MODO: Thread Count, Countdown

IMOGEN GODDARD explores the role of literature in examining and predicting climate change. There is an ever-growing focus on humanity’s impact on the environment— and rightly so, given the alarming rate at which climate change is escalating. However, this fascination with our world’s future is by no means a new phenomenon and has been explored in literature for centuries from Biblical and Medieval writing, to modern science-fiction. This latter genre in particular has become the perfect means to examine what could potentially occur if human damage to the environment continues at its current rate. Such fiction often comes to horrifying conclusions. Perhaps it is about time that we start listening to what it has to say. Works exploring humanity’s fear of the apocalypse were common in Medieval and Renaissance writings, with contemporary warnings of terror and of the end of time often finding precursors in the Old Testament. While applying…Continue Reading

Science-fiction or science-fact?

ROISIN CONNEELY discusses the Romantic artists’ concerns for the natural environment, and how we can learn from them today. Romanticism is a literary movement which began at the end of the 18th century in Europe, and quickly spread across the globe. Its tell-tale themes are that of individualism, emotion and awe of the natural world. Its rise is often credited as a reaction against increasing industrialisation and urbanisation of the world at the time, which the Romantics believed threatened their beloved landscapes and wildlife and these fears emerge strongly in their writing. At a time when the environment is at risk more than ever, could we learn a thing or two about respecting nature from the heroes of Romanticism? When you think of Romantic poetry, William Wordsworth is a name likely to spring to mind. His poetry is in many ways characterised by feelings of isolation from an increasingly modern…Continue Reading

Romantic Conservationists