Anything But Sustainable Fashion

Anything But Sustainable Fashion

Dilys Williams: a voice for radical change in the fashion industry

The Centre for Sustainable Fashion established in 2008 by Dilys Williams, is an interdisciplinary research centre whose main focus is to use fashion as...

The real point of difference: EDUN and sustainable fashion business

Sustainability is a paradoxical topic in fashion; at once a trendy marketing tool and the biggest economical and environmental elephant in the room, that is easiest to just ignore. It is not atypical to see brands dedicating collections to certain kinds of sustainability like global warming awareness or animal rights, advocating for green or no-fur policies while completely omitting other prevalent factors such as factory working conditions and problematic or exploitative distribution systems. Not the most sexy topics perhaps, which is why we are seeing a sort of pseudo-engagement with sustainable practice across the continents - in spite of the fact that it has never been more urgent to consider sustainability than now.

Anything but sustainable fashion: Investigative journalist Tansy Hoskins dishes the industry’s...

Do I have to say that it’s beyond me why studies in sustainability and ethical production haven't yet been made a fixed part of...

Anything but sustainable fashion: CSM’s Kevin Germanier wins Ecochic Award

When Swiss Kevin Germanier was asked: “What is your dream school? Do you want to make cheese in a factory?” he had quite a clear...

Anything but sustainable fashion: Harro! Do you know who made your...

I have a confession to make: I find Abercrombie & Fitch quite fascinating. The long queue of girls and boys going crazy for the hunky shirtless male models during the opening of their Hong Kong flagship store back in 2012, is a picture that is truly hard to forget. As a design student, I find it bizarre how much my peers are willing to pay for these crappy clothes (I apologize for my bluntness); as a marketing student however, I have a certain respect for their (once) effective marketing strategies. I remember what my tutor said to us at the beginning of our second year: “When you graduate from this course, you should be able to sell your work, even if it’s just a collection of white t-shirts.” For Abercrombie & Fitch, it is the good old all-American sex sells trick, but sadly it still works!

Anything but sustainable fashion: One company’s waste is another student’s treasure.

If you are aware of the news and conversations around the environment in the last decade, you must know that industry is the main adversary to sustainability. Its wastes are dumped untreated into waters; its processes deplete finite resources ravenously, and its toxic airborne byproducts raise the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. All of these destructive consequences have offered us a one-way ticket to global burning. What’s more, according to author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion Tansy Hoskins, the garment industry is a major culprit.

Anything but sustainable fashion: Orsola de Castro

As we focus on sustainability in fashion this week, which all started from the recent collaboration between second year Fashion Design with Marketing and Fashion Journalism students, we decided to find out more about the term itself. So when Rozalina told us that she was going to visit Orsola de Castro's studio in North London to pick up a few materials to upcycle in her final collection, we decided to tag along. We had heard a few stories about a strongly opinionated Orsola, who co-founded London Fashion Week's Estethica programme, initiated Fashion Revolution day and who has been running her own label From Somewhere since '97. When we started discussing 'sustainable fashion', a small infuriation arose about using this specific term...