Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion

On November 1, 2018, at the Global Fashion Conference 2018, titled ‘What’s Going On?’, Professor Lynda Grose concluded her keynote with a call to form a Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion. Mathilda Tham, Kate Fletcher and I took her literally and formed the Union with her. Since then, Otto von Busch and Tone Tobiasson have also joined the board. Please read the Union’s manifesto, and statement regarding the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, taking place next week. If the Union manifestoRead more

Vivienne Westwood A/W 2019-20

The Vivienne Westwood autumn/winter 2019-20 show took place yesterday in London. As an activist, I wholeheartedly loved the subverting of a powerful tool of commerce to deliver an urgent message. Unlike some other recent attempts of fashion-show-as-a-demontration, this one to me had substance. (And it pissed off the reviewer from Vogue, so that’s something.) As a wearer of Westwood, I adored the clothes, some of them from past collections. As a sustainability scholar, however, I am conflicted. Westwood has provenRead more

Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge, a benefit for Visual Aids, is in its 21st year, and it is my first year participating. If you’re in New York February 22-24, I hope you join us! It’s a brilliant opportunity to score an affordable ($85) artwork from a well-known artist (including Liz Collins, LJ Roberts, Tom Bianchi and many others) or a newcomer like me. (Newcomer in art – I have no illusions about being middle-aged!) And it’s for a great cause; theRead more

What will change

At The New School, I am one of the affiliated faculty of the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC), a university body comprising staff, students and faculty with a shared commitment around sustainability. In particular we are united by a shared concern about accelerating climate change and the interrelated injustices in the US and internationally. Affiliated faculty were asked to respond to Trump’s election as President of the United States; my response was posted today on the TEDC blog. IRead more

Slow Down! We are Creative!

The following is an edited and revised outline of my keynote lecture that opened the Creative Cut conference at the University of Huddersfield on February 24th, 2016. Good morning. Thank you Kevin Almond and the University of Huddersfield for the invitation to speak at this conference. Thank you all for being here this morning. It is a privilege to be with you. I am not the first to declare that fashion is in crisis. For more than a decade myRead more

Monokini 2.0 charity show

Monokini 2.0 Charity Catwalk show, Helsinki 2015 from Tärähtäneet ämmät / Nutty T on Vimeo. Monokini 2.0 is one of those projects that I still pinch myself for the privilege of having been a part of. I’m profoundly moved by all of the models, and forever grateful to Vilma Metteri and Katriina Haikala (aka The Nutty Tarts) and Elina Halttunen, who contacted Metteri and Haikala with an idea. The above video is from the August charity show in Helsinki.Read more

Fashion Revolution Day 24.4.2015

April 24 will mark the second anniversary of Rana Plaza. Fashion Revolution Day invites you to take the following action: 1. Take a selfie that shows your garment label. Turning your clothes inside out makes more of a statement, as demonstrated by me last year: 2. Follow that brand on social media. 3. Upload your photo on social media with the following message: I want to thank the people who made my clothes, @brand, #whomademyclothes? Levi’s and Calvin Klein, I’mRead more