London College of Fashion recently invited students across the country to join them at the House of Lords to take part in the ‘I Stood Up’ event, allowing students to use Fashion to voice their opinions and ideas about many different social issues.
Macclesfield College Fashion student Imogen Pruthi attended the function and took part in the activities. Imogen, who is on the first year of a University of the Arts London (UAL) Extended Diploma course in Fashion Design at Macclesfield College, commented, “A very interesting debate took place at the event which highlighted how social issues such as housing and problems surrounding the living wage can affect the fashion industry and sustainable fashion – especially as it’s often perceived that the art world, and specifically the fashion industry, are more removed from these issues that other industries.
“It was also great fun to get an impromptu tour of the Westminster Hall, the crypts underneath and the halls between the House of Lords. It was fascinating to learn about the history surrounding the building and I especially liked viewing the paintings depicting pivotal historic events."
She added, "The whole experience was incredible and I really enjoyed taking part in the event with so many stimulating people sparking debates about the many important issues we are faced with today.”
Angela Devoti, Course Leader for UAL Fashion at Macclesfield College, remarked “I was incredibly proud to hear about Imogen’s experience at the House of Lords. Fashion has always been a great way to make a statement as it is the perfect vehicle for communication. ‘I Stood Up’ is a fantastic event to bring people together and voice their opinions - the more we inspire and encourage others to express themselves the more we can influence change for the better that will have a positive effect on society.”
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