Ethical Fashion

Graduate Fashion Week 2017

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I am still buzzing from last Sunday where Siam Colvine, Hope Miller and I spent the day at Graduate Fashion Week at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London. GFW is a showcase of the work of hundreds of fashion graduates from all over the UK, from womenswear and menswear to communication and marketing, with a vast exhibition space fille with portfolios, sketchbooks, samples and CVs on display for the industry to browse through, and a packed schedule of runway shows, career support, presentations, performances, awards, workshops and live talks.

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The Hypocrisy of Ethical Fashion

ruth-urbanity-fashion-bloggerFast fashion is a troublesome industry full of hypocrisy and lies. Are you feeling ugly and unsuccessful? Buy this dress, it will make you happy. Oh, but buy a different one next week, as that happiness won’t last. Do you wish you could afford designer fashion but don’t have the budget? Buy these cheap shoes, but of course they won’t last, so buy more, and more, until you can’t afford your rent. Do you equate fashion to glamour and fame? Well, the underpaid, overworked seamstresses in Bangladesh might disagree.

Ethical fashion aims to combat these problems by creating more envirnomentally and socially friendly products. But unfortunately, as more and more ethical fashion brands are formed, this creates yet more, arguably pointless, stuff, which ultimately puts more pressure on the world’s resources. I call this new kind of hypocrisy ‘the buying more stuff matrix’. Read on to find out why.

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The Best Ethical Fashion Resources

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When it comes to fashion, an industry that changes constantly and rapidly, you can never stop learning. I think to write about fashion, and in this case ethical fashion, I’ve got to stay educated, above and beyond my university course, so I thought I’d compile here some of my favourite ethical fashion resources, including the best book, film, magazine, blog, podcast and Ted talk. Stay tuned until the end, where I have some very exciting ethcial fashion news of my own!

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Ethical Fashion Event Edinburgh: Fashion Revolution Week 2017

As I write this, I’ve just come back from the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) after an insanely eventful event all about celebrating all things ethical fashion during Fashion Revolution Week with Colour Elements, at which I spoke on a panel of experts after a film screening of Slowing Down Fast Fashion. This picture shows one of the Scottish sustainable fashion brands that showcased at the night, Cloh, a new contemporary menswear label that utilizes quality re-purposed textiles, like ‘linen’ made from plastic bottles used to make stunning oversized shirts.

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Green Is The New Black

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For the first time in history, a pair of jeans can cost you less than the price of a sandwich, and you can buy them from the same shop too. In a culture of supermarket fashion, we have become so far detached geographically and mentally from the people who make our clothes that we have forgot how much it actually costs to make them. The images in this post are from my latest ethical fashion obsession, Studio Five.

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