Can AI Save the Fashion Industry?
Artificial intelligence is rapidly making its way in many different forms into the apparel industry. There are a lot of signs that point to its success in helping the industry to be sustainable. Today we’ll dive into where it’s being used now, where the industry is headed, and what challenges and risks lie ahead.
Speakers, Panelists and Moderators
LJ RICHInventor, BBC "Click" PresenterBBC NewsWorld-renowned presenter LJ Rich is part of Click, the BBC’s flagship technology show. Since reading music at Oxford, she’s predicted tech trends and monitored emerging concepts in consumer electronics for over a decade, with particular interest in audio, AI and art. Her regular music show #ljtunes now has nearly 800,000 likes on Twitter’s live streaming service Periscope, and she’s performed live at some of the most prestigious venues on the planet. During her recent breast cancer treatment, LJ decided to make a video diary of her own chemo sessions to demystify it for others, which hit the top spot on the BBC website.
ALEASHA MCCALLIONOperations ManagerMonash Sustainable Development InstituteAleasha McCallion has worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years. With background training in textiles and agricultural science, and a Masters of Fashion (Entrepreneurship), Aleasha's career encompasses fashion retail and operations management, buying, styling and sustainable fashion design, as well as teaching ethical and sustainable fashion business. She sees collective interdisciplinary expertise and capability as critical to tackling the sustainability challenges facing the textiles sector. That's why her research is investigating what is required to transition the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry to a circular economy model. Most recently, Aleasha has co-founded the Circular Textiles Economy Program at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), a world leader in interdisciplinary research and education in sustainable development. MSDI brings together researchers, practitioners, and students to catalyse systems transformation to advance the wellbeing of both people and planet. As a primary sponsor of the UN's AI for Good Summit, the Monash Data Futures Institute is proud to present Aleasha McCallion as a leading proponent of the use of AI in reducing textile waste from fast fashion, and advancing the circular economy and its foundation principles of sustainability. The Monash Data Futures Institute represents one of the largest cohorts of data science and AI researchers in the Asia Pacific region, driving through leadership and interdisciplinary research in AI for social good.
BETH ESPONNETTECo-founder, Chairman and Chief Product OfficerunspunBeth Esponnette, a scientist and designer, cofounded fashion-tech startup unspun in order to solve big, sticky problems in the fashion industry. unspun is building an inclusive and sustainable fashion industry through custom-fit, on-demand manufacturing (read: body scan jeans made with 3D weaving robotics), and has been recognized as a Best Invention by TIME Magazine, Best of What's New winner by Popular Science, and Global Change Award winner by H&M. Before unspun, Beth developed products in the outdoor apparel industry, instructed at a machine shop, helped design robot-human soft good interfaces, and taught product design as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. Throughout her career, she's been fascinated by nature's obvious yet overlooked knack for circular manufacturing. She serves as a SBIR proposal reviewer for the US National Science Foundation and received a BS in Fiber Science & Apparel Design from Cornell and an MFA in Design from Stanford.