Sewing your own clothes allows you to take back ownership of your wardrobe. You can start making clothes that suit you, made from fabrics you choose, rather than being shaped by what retailers tell you you want... The first step to improving the ethical quality of the fashion industry is yours to take.
The industry is changing, slowly, and at last consumers are starting to demand change - especially through glorious campaigns like #FashRev and #WhoMadeYourClothes. Really the only way to change the big bad industry is to talk through our purses. If we all start to consume more ethically, and less, then big businesses will have to take notice.
Worn on the right person, it is beyond words (although I shall continue to try and capture the essence of this garment using such linguistic containers; limited though they are). Think of Audrey Hepburn in her black turtle-neck in Funny Face. Nothing expresses a sense of gamine joie de vivre better than her in that outfit. She made that sweater iconic.
Gloves are so much more to hands than socks are to feet. A mislaid sock is a perennial thread in the web of wardrobe nuisances, but, classically, a mislaid glove is suffused with poetic symbolism. There is even something vaguely poignant about it, for the glove is an encasement for our hand, and what other outer garment is so full of intimacy?
I should come out and say first of all I've never had dreads, nor wanted them. I'm white and I've always loved reggae, but never wanted to symbolise that love with my head. And perhaps I don't have any right to speak on this subject given my race. But then I think this question goes far beyond me.
This week marks the beginning of Fashion Revolution Week, but how can you be a fashion revolutionary? For the first time, a global online event will take place which anyone in the world can take part in: the Fashion Revolution Wall.
Three years ago who would have imagined how Fashion Revolution and The True Cost movie would galvanize that much interest and action from consumers and businesses? On the environmental sustainability side Greenpeace Detox campaign has forced companies to reduce the most toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of clothing.
I have a theory. It's just a small one, but in drawing and sketching so many women - of all kinds of beauty and sexiness (or not so much), I've learned that there is just one thing that makes a woman feel and exude gorgeousness. And that's what she feels about herself. Self love.
Then there are images that draw us in, over and above aesthetics. I wondered how the new generation of photographers, those with a timely political agenda, make a place for themselves at the visual pulpit?
Before we can rediscover a 'moral sense of beauty' on falling in love with a new dress, we need to know that there is equity behind its beauty. To know that there is equity, we need transparency.
While automation would likely ensure the end of garment worker exploitation the major social and political implications of displacing so many people by machines would need to be considered.
I first came across this concept of a fusion of industries at the Ethical Fashion Forum's annual summit in June 2015 and didn't come away with any truly meaningful understanding of it.
'Fashion comes from Eastern Europe' - the newest trend that has been picked up by major fashion publications and editors lately. 'Eastern Bloc', 'New Eastern Europe', 'post-Soviet' - these references have been spreading around fashion (and beyond) titles from Vogue to WGSN, to The Guardian, to fashion bloggers like a virus of a cool factor.
My brand, Tom Cridland, is an international fashion label that specialises in making luxury clothing accessible to more people and fights fast fashion through sustainability. Our garments are built to last and we're leading a new trend towards protecting our natural resources by making truly durable clothing.
Time and time again I meet clients who haven't got a clue on how to furnish their homes or make them look aesthetically pleasing to the eye. You don't need a three year course in interior design to get this right, you actually just need to use a bit of knowledge and a lot of common sense.
From Susan Sarandon to Rihanna, Taylor Swift to Theresa May ripping women apart for their appearances is nothing new. And whilst judging a woman based on her outfit choice is puke-inducing at the best of times, at the worst it can be something far more unpleasant.