With huge demands on resources and high environmental impacts, the fashion industry needs to change. Over 100 students from all across the world will gather in Copenhagen during May 2016, to explore how the next generation of designers and business leaders may meet the challenges of over-consumption that we are facing today and speak their minds about the industry they would like to inherit and how sustainability in fashion can best be achieved.

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As humans, we adapt and evolve. Constantly. Furthermore, we are good at it. We can change our behaviour, we learn to speak new languages and we learn to use new technology. However, It becomes slightly more difficult as we age. This is why the established fashion industry will never be completely detached from the current unsustainable paradigm of heavy polluting and resource intensive fashion and textile industry we have today. But the next generation of designers and business executives will be, which is why the new voice of fashion is so important. The next generation holds the key to a sustainable fashion future. The main purpose is to form an alliance with a variety of upcoming decision makers and like-minded individuals, who, a few years from now, will be making the decisions that shape the industry. This is what the industry needs to survive - a gentle push from the next generation.


    The Youth Fashion Summit was originally initiated to give the next generation a voice and an opportunity to influence the decisions that will be made today, but whose effect will mostly be felt tomorrow. As a part of the world's largest and most important conferences on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, students are given easy access to CEOs, top designers, politicians and decision makers.


    Bringing talented young people from all over the world together shows that the real strength comes from the power of networking. The participants come with different experiences, qualifications and cultural backgrounds and when they leave Copenhagen they have formed and fused a network that will be powerful enough to change the world of fashion.

The Danish Fashion Institute, in partnership with KEA and some of the world-leading schools and universities, will host the third Youth Fashion Summit in May 2016 and we would like you to join us. The application form to join the event is now available. If you would have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.