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The Sustainable Fashion Handbook

Sandy Black

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Unprecedented in scope, this is the definitive reference on all aspects of sustainable fashion


This book encompasses not only the environmental issues presented by a wasteful and fast-moving fashion cycle, but also the social impact of the global fashion industry, which employs up to 40 million people worldwide in manufacturing and agriculture. Positive in outlook, the book promotes an understanding of the complex issues surrounding modern clothing production, use and disposal, while celebrating the inherent value of fashion and the creative opportunity that the growing trend towards sustainability offers.

Sandy Black, one of the world’s pioneering authorities on sustainable fashion, has assembled a remarkable range of perspectives, ranging from designers and technical experts to academics and journalists, environmental and social action campaigners, craft specialists and artists, eco-entrepreneurs and representatives of global corporations. Each chapter presents an array of illustrated articles, including essays by leading writers and thinkers, interviews and statements from designers such as Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Hussein Chalayan and case studies on everything from the life-cycle of jeans to smart textiles and fair trade schemes.

The book is divided into five thematic chapters covering every aspect of contemporary fashion: fashion cultures and patterns of consumption from couture house blogosphere; design and innovation; working conditions and corporate transparency; the eco-footprint of the industry; and outlooks for the future and the role of technology in greening fashion. A resources section provides comprehensive listings of leading organizations involved in campaigning, advising, certifying and promoting sustainability in fashion.

Packed with authoritative facts and inspiring images and ideas, this is an indispensable reference for design professionals, students and anyone with an interest in fashion, sustainability and innovation.

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'A huge range of examples and perspectives on sustainable fashion … it isn’t just pretty pictures, with plenty of essays debating the materials and morality of contemporary fashion'

'From Katherine Hamnett printed T-shirt, to Vivienne Westwood’s stance against global warming, the author questions the sustainability of fashion and its key players'
AnOther Magazine

'With its strong visuals this book succeeds in making the concept of sustainability fashionable'

'Required reading … ultra-comprehensive'
Shop Ethica

'Perhaps the most intricately detailed and authoritative publication on all aspects of eco-fashion to date … the definitive reference on the subject'

'The book is a fascinating glimpse into how the industry is trying to change for the better, all accompanied with beautiful images'

'Packed with facts and inspiring images and ideas, this is a useful reference for professionals, students and anyone with an interest in fashion, sustainability and innovation'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Flexibound PLC with flaps (no jacket)

Size: 34.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 307

Publication date: 1 October 2012

ISBN: 9780500290569

Contents List

Introduction: Self and beauty • 1. Culture and consumption • Desire and fashion • 2. Design and innovation • Craft and industry • 3. Transparency and livelihood • Speed and distance • 4. Ecology and waste • Techno eco • 5. New fashion paradigms

About the Author

Sandy Black is Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion. She has published widely on fashion, textiles and knitwear design and sustainability, and their intersection with science, technology and craft.

Hilary Alexander is a well known fashion journalist and former fashion director of the Daily Telegraph.

List of Contributors

Hilary Alexander, Otto von Busch, Pamela Church Gibson, Emma Neuberg, Simonetta Carbonaro, Edward Barber, Nick Cambridge, Amelia Williams, Chris Jardine, Clare Brass, Gavin Fernandes

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