Laura Morgan Exhibiting research at Expo 2020 Dubai: What will we wear?

Expo 2020 Dubai (United Arab Emirates) is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. The theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is about the power of collaboration and partnership to create a better world. Expo 2020 Dubai aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come, both locally and globally.


A growing body of research has shown the social and environmental impact posed by the clothing industry. Some of the most influential minds from all corners of the fashion and retail world will come together to explore how an industry that relies on consumption and novelty can become sustainable whilst remaining commercial. Exploring how technology, social change and the climate crisis will shape fashion in the future: They will consider how technology is transforming the way clothes are designed and sourced and how consumer habits need to change to safeguard our future.

Global questions the programme will explore include:  Do we really care about who makes our clothes? Can we deliver a circular business model for fashion? ; How do we ensure that the clothes of the future are ethically sourced and created? ; What will the consumer want from their clothing in the future? ; What impact will technology have on the future of fashion?

From 22 – 23 October, 2021 as part of the ‘What Will We Wear?’ programme, the ‘Future of Textiles’ exhibition curated by De Montfort University will feature technology, interactive displays and digital content enabling visitors to discover exciting developments within the textiles industry. The exhibition will be held at the UK Pavilion during Expo 2020 Dubai. Laura will be exhibiting a collection of textile samples and supporting information that showcase a range of laser-based techniques for sustainable coloration, design and 3D finishing of textiles, developed as part of the AHRC funded Lebiotex project (AH/J002666/1).

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