To Die For. Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? By Lucy Siegle.

to die for

“Uzbekistan is one of the largest exporters of cotton in the world. According to the Ethical Fashion Forum, every year the government shuts down schools in the autumn and forces children as young as seven to pick cotton in the fields. Meanwhile, the Aral Sea in central Asia has shrunk to 15% of its former volume. “


Does it end with the eco-fashists?: a conversation on sustainability and fashion with Rana Oezturk

“in Germany there is still this ‘bourgeois class’, middle-class who is willing to pay for such products.. that’s why I used the term eco-fashists , it’s a form of distinction, in Bourdieu’s terms, this is one part, on the other: in Berlin I believe there is a growing community interested in eco-clothes, I remember a couple of years ago I tried to convince everybody of eco-food ;) , now many friends buy largely eco-food, even if not all, because as students, young workers we cannot afford it; i believe there can be a similar trend towards other eco-products, and people are fed up also with everything being new and replaced all the time, too many products etc. I do believe there is a movement, and i think it’s growing”


The research report of the EDUfashion project “OpenWear. Sustainability, Openness and P2P production in the world of fashion” is on-line.

We are proud to announce that after nearly one year of research and discussions the research report of the EDUfashion project “OpenWear. Sustainability, Openness and P2P production in the world of fashion” is finally on-line. We hope that it will ignite discussions, actions and further researches about sustainability, sharing and micro-economies. You can download the .pdf here. It is released under Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. So download it, read it, and share it. We are looking forward to hear your opinions.


Little black uniform

The uniform has always been considered to be utilitarian but Sheena Matheiken has proved that it can be extremely inspirational and creative. She decided to wear the same dress, the famous little black one, for a whole year. You may find it boring but it was the contrary. Every day she reinvented the dress with all kinds of accessories and accounterments found in vintage shops or donated by fans or designers. The dress (actually there were 7 copies of it) was made out of breathable and durable cotton and designed so it can be worn both ways, front and back and also as an open tunic.

Sheena’s project is a very inventive exercise in sustainable fashion by showing that we don’t need a new dress every time we want to look trendy ad fashionable. It’s the creative approach and a touch of personal style that makes our outfit look contemporary and fresh. A simple action project which raises questions and shows alternative options to deal with mass consumption and the agressive fashion industry which forces us to constantly buy new, fashionable products.


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