When the Rana Plaza factory collapsed over 1,129 people were killed. Horrific manufacturing conditions aside, the way fashion is marketed to women is damaging to say the least. Through images we are taught that as women our looks our everything and the best way to look is skinny young and white.
The dress will digitally display data which will show the impact of climate change on our physical world. It will show our planet, both as we know it now and as it will be if we DON'T DO ENOUGH.
One may argue that sweatshops or as they call them factories in countries such as Cambodia contribute to their economical wellbeing where clothing manufacturing industry is one of the biggest export industries.
I talk with people who both buy and sell used clothes a lot and often discuss the role of preloved clothing in conscious and ethical consumerism. Quite often people tell me that they feel used clothes are ethical & sustainable by their nature. Here is why I think this is both true and false.
When people ask me what I do, I am sometimes loathed to admit that I work in fashion. It is not the glamorous industry it sells itself as but rather a vast and reckless monster, bulldozing its way through the seasons.
On Wednesday 11 November 2015, we brought together more than thirty fashion designers, leading journalists and CEOs of major brands, retailers and manufacturers at the UK Houses of Parliament to discuss how sustainability can be taken to scale in the fashion and textiles industry and how the new Mysource.io platform will make that possible.
I am not especially fashionable, never paid fashion a great deal of attention - if it doesn't involve jeans and a t-shirt, more often than not with a pair of deck shoes thrown in there's a strong chance that I'm not going to be very engaged.
Have you ever wondered where that leather belt or bag came from? Eight-year-old Rebecca did, and when her mother couldn't tell her for sure, she made a point of finding out. That's the premise of "Labels", a new PETA video created by Catsnake Studios.
Don't get me wrong; I also enjoy fashion and the high of a well-timed buy but at the expense of my dignity and your safety? No, just no. How no one received a coat hanger to the eye, a stomp on the neck or choked on a Balmain bead dislodged from its host jacket is mind blowing.
The fast fashion high street can F off. Here is my guide to getting all the clothes you need, with what ever budget you have and not screwing over the planet and people (all be it ones you don't have to see or think about) in the process.
Often I am part of discussions on the best way to 'fix fashion'. How do we move such a massive industry from the unethical, environment destroying beast that it is, to one in which sustainable fashion is just the industry standard? You know the drill - clean and clever and kind business.
Throughout my ten years of working in fashion and sustainability, I've seen some incredibly inspiring things. There are thousands of professionals and businesses changing the way business is done, and creating products that have a positive impact. I've seen some of our industry's most creative minds tackle the challenge of sustainability and come up with gems.
With an explosion of gender neutral lines for kids & babies* have you ever wondered who these clothes are really benefiting? There is it turns out a dirty truth in the supply chain of some 'gender neutral' clothing: the empowerment of girls in the west on the back of the misery of the world's poorest women and girls.
After a decade of long, anti-social hours in digital communications, we both began to feel the same unrest with our situation. A desperate and innate need to do something more creative. Something with a 'physical product'. And something that generally bought back some balance to our lives.
Amongst the sustainable stylings on offer this LFW were brands that stem from the Esthetica fold, alongside innovative new labels that are carrying the torch for the next generation of conscious brands. Here's my pick from London Fashion Week S/S16.
Today, it couldn't be more different. The town hall is full of the hum and excitement of art, music, theatre, dance and workshops, and for local people, it still feels thrilling to be able to just walk in and access their local architectural heritage.