How can we evolve the fashion industry to reflect a more sustainable and ethical approach? Authors Jennifer Farley Gordon and Colleen Hill set out to answer this very question in Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present, and Future. The book, taking inspiration from the exhibition Eco-Fashion: Going Green, provides a glimpse into the unique world of the fashion industry in regards to ethics and sustainability. These practices represent a movement based on issues of the past, present, and future. And although reading much like a textbook, it still possesses a great appeal to an audience much larger than in the world of academia.
Adopting a similar framework, the book reflects the “visitor friendly” ideology of the exhibition. This in turn truly creates a book that appeals to the masses, although specifically aimed towards students and scholars of fashion of course. Sustainable Fashion explains a movement that seems so far removed from the general public, yet relates it back to the general consumer of fashion. As such, it places the reader into a mindset, regardless of academic background or interests, of how to make sustainable and informed decisions in one’s clothing selections. The book capitalizes on making the eco-fashion movement seem attainable to the general public, as well as an issue everyone should acknowledge as a consumer.
Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present, and Future takes a comprehensive look into how the fashion industry and the environment coexist- seamlessly weaving all aspects of fashion production from textiles to production and beyond.
The book includes topics such as:
- Repurposed and Recycled Clothing and Textiles
- Quality of Craftsmanship
- Material Origins
- Textile Dying
- Labor Practices
- Treatment of Animals
Each topic provides a context in which to place eco-fashion based on the past and ends with taking a look into what the future holds for the industry. It includes interviews with leading influencers in the eco-fashion movement such as Bob Bland of Manufacture New York, Adam Baruchowitz of Wearable Collections, and Kate Brierley of Isoude. Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present, and Future looks to reintroduce the fashion industry in an environmentally conscientious way based on the historical context of the movement dating back to the nineteenth century. The book does just that through discussions of eco-fashion and laying groundwork which takes the past and encourages the continuation of innovative new solutions and research to evolve and expand the movement.
Looking at the past, how do you see the eco-fashion movement evolving throughout the 21st century? Do you subscribe to only purchasing sustainable clothing? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments area below.
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