Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion, and The Sustainability Equation: Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Fashion

Congratulations to Francesca Granata and Sarah Scaturro for last night’s panel, The Sustainability Equation: Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Fashion. The room was packed, lined with people standing, and the insights from Julie Gilhart, Senior Vice President and Fashion Director at Barneys New York, Mary Ping of Slow Steady Wins the Race and Caroline Priebe of Uluru were diverse and fascinating. As an unexpected delight, I bumped into Janet Hethorn, one of the editors of Sustainable Fashion: Why Now? ItRead more

Reminder: Pratt Manhattan Gallery tonight

Update: Just got an email, the catalog is now available. At $10, thanks to a generous grant from The Coby Foundation, it’s a no-brainer. This is on tonight, I hope to see you there: “The Sustainability Equation: Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Fashion” 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 Pratt Manhattan Gallery 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Read more

BBC article on waste

An interesting read on waste ‘trends’ in the UK that draws from an EFRA Committee report; kudos to the authors for referring to the ‘Primark effect’. Yes, it’s a good thing; the more exposure for the term, the more likely some changes are likely to begin taking place. Of course it is a worry that while the overall amount of household waste has decreased, the amount of textile waste has in fact increased. And while recycling is better than landfilling,Read more

Sample sale Friday 29 January 2010 at Tribeca Grand Hotel

[Updated Monday 25 January- see bottom of post; thank you Deanne of Dream Sequins!] A group of fashion, jewelry and homewares designers, some of whose design practices are fundamentally informed by sustainability, is having a sample sale at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. The details are: Date: Friday 29 January 2010Time: 5-9pm The designers: ULURUBliss LauDoo.riH. FredrikssonIdeeënKim SeybertMary MeyerMeg CohenRistoSectaStudy NY by Tara St. James My thoughts on these things? By finding a treasure or three at sample sales such asRead more

for those in London: MA Fashion & the Environment at SHIFT

MA_10 /EXHIBITIONMA FASHION & THE ENVIRONMENT MONDAY 1 FEBRUARYPRIVATE VIEW & PRESENTATION TO PRESS, INDUSTRY, TUTORS AND STUDENTS / 13.00 – 16.00 FRIDAY 29 JANUARY – MONDAY 1 FEBRUARYPUBLIC VIEW / FRIDAY 17.30 – 22.30 / SATURDAY – MONDAY 12.00 – 16.00 You are invited to see, hear and participate in creative provocations by graduates of MA Fashion and the Environment. Work offers a dialogue around the ecological, social and cultural dilemmas of fashion in our time.This exhibition is broughtRead more

Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion

Tomorrow I’m checking out Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery at 144 West 14th Street, on the second floor. The exhibition is curated by Francesca Granata and Sarah Scaturro, and features work by Bodkin, Alabama Chanin, Susan Cianciolo, Kelly Cobb, Loomstate, Rogan, Max Osterweis/ Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, SANS, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Uluru, and Andrea Zittel and Tiprin Follett/Smockshop. (I’m not 100% sure about the accuracy of the links; if I’ve made aRead more

New York Times follow-up

It turns out Jim Dwyer from the New York Times followed up his earlier story on mutilated new clothes. More on the New York City Clothing Bank on their own website. An inspiring story. I have an exciting meeting today related to this; when the time is right, I’ll post more here.Read more

H&M shame

For most people this is old news – a week old – but I wasn’t paying much attention last week, what with looking for an apartment and getting to know my way around. The New York Times published an article about the practice of companies destroying brand new, out-of-season clothes. The thinking behind the practice, I believe, is that donating unsold garments to charity, for example, would damage the brand. Apparently the best thing to do is to destroy theRead more

Red Carpet Green Dress

The Red Carpet Green Dress only came to my attention today; moving continents tends to make one not notice stuff. If any aspiring fashion designer out there wants to enter, as long as you’re 18 and have $50 to spare, you can. I love that you don’t need to be enrolled in a course to enter, so often a condition in competitions, but I do not love the fee. Of course I am completely clueless as to the the financialRead more


So, I managed to change the profile just before I flew out of Sydney: I am indeed in New York now, and started a new job this week. I’d like to pass my heartfelt thanks to colleagues at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), for seven amazing years. I’d also like to pay tribute to Val Horridge, who left at the same time as me, after 22 years at UTS. Val taught me (and most of the Sydney fashion industry,Read more