World-Class Lessons on Zero Waste

12 years ago Stephanie Rosenbloom wrote an article for New York Times that featured my then doctoral research and the class I developed for Parsons on zero waste fashion design. I’d worked at the illustrious fashion school for eight months then, and I was unprepared for the attention that followed. Less expected outcomes were getting mentioned on a gay porn blog, although if I recall correctly, in posting a photo they confused me and a well-known Finnish theatre director alsoRead more

recent thoughts on fashion and sustainability

Often when responding to journalists (or students) via email, my rawest thoughts come to the surface. Even when those thoughts don’t make the cut to the final piece, they’re worth sharing, both for my own memory and in my hope that they trigger a reader’s thinking. Here are questions and answers from three recent exchanges with journalists, and one with high school students. The first of the articles was published in the student newspaper of The New School. — WhatRead more

Wardrobe Crisis

While in Sydney for the UTS Library artist residency, I had a great conversation with Clare Press. Clare is the author of Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion and Fashion Editor-At-Large of Marie Claire Australia. The podcast is now out and available HERE. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it!Read more

Conscious Chatter

A few days ago I had a great conversation on zero waste fashion design with Kestrel Jenkins, founder of Awear World. The podcast is now available for listening. It was a joy to be Kestrel’s guest, as I’ve been a Conscious Chatter listener for a while – I joke that Kestrel is my gym buddy even though we’ve never met.  You can subscribe here: iTunes: Conscious Chatter: more

Recap: Holly McQuillan at Parsons School of Design

Thank you everyone who came to the book talk on Thursday night; it was a packed house and Holly and I really appreciate it! Amazon now lists our book as the #1 release in Fashion and Textile Business so thank you to all who have purchased the book! Feedback is already coming our way and we welcome all of it. On Friday and Saturday Holly led a two-day workshop on zero waste fashion design with School of Fashion faculty atRead more

Zero Waste Fashion Design

The book Zero Waste Fashion Design is now out in the UK and will be released in the rest of the world in January. My awesome co-author, Holly McQuillan, and I, will do an event together in New York in February – stay tuned. We will also be at the Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting hosted by the University of Huddersfield, also in February. All feedback welcome! The book is available directly from Bloomsbury as well as Amazon.Read more

2014 Vaughan Lecture at ROM

In September I have the honour of collaborating with Dr Alexandra Palmer, on the 2014 Vaughan Lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, titled Metamorphosis – Transformations of Fashion. Dr Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles & Costume at the ROM, and a Co-curator of BIG, the latest exhibit in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume. She is cross appointed and teachesRead more

Zero-waste in Financial Times

Thank you Lucie Muir for highlighting Shingo Sato, Julian Roberts, Juliana Sissons, Thomas Mahon and I in the Financial Times yesterday. Reading the article has left me reflecting on what it is that we collectively do. Of course I cannot speak for my esteemed company, but the kind of fashion design that dominates – the illusion, the myth – of a fashion designer producing a sketch, artist-like, which then is translated into a garment by mostly invisible hands, has neverRead more

Fashion Thinking: Creative Approaches to the Design Process

Last week saw the launch of my colleague Fiona Dieffenbacher’s book, Fashion Thinking: Creative Approaches to the Design process, published by AVA Publishing. Fiona is the Director of the BFA Fashion Design program at Parsons The New School for Design. A Q&A with me is included as one of the academic perspectives in the book. Thank you Fiona; I feel honored to be featured alongside Gabi Asfour of threeASFOUR and Professor Frances Corner of London College of Fashion. More importantly,Read more