Sustainable fashion is partly about producing clothes, shoes and accessories in environmentally and socio-economically sustainable manners, but also about more sustainable patterns of consumption and use, which necessitate shifts in individual attitudes and behaviour. However, there are many ways for fashion companies to offer a more sustainable fashion, and for consumers to consume more sustainably. If you’re interested in going in depth with sustainable fashion, then here are some recommendations for you to read.
1. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook
This ambitious book is set to become the definitive reference on all aspects of eco-fashion. Packed with authoritative features and facts, and inspiring images and ideas, it is dramatically more in-depth and comprehensive than any previous single publication on the subject. The book is divided into five thematic chapters. It’s covering every aspect of contemporary fashion from fashion cultures (from high street to blogosphere to couture), to the eco-footprint of the current resource-hungry and wasteful system, to the fashion business, employer of up to 40 million people worldwide.
Each chapter presents an array of illustrated articles. They include essays by leading writers and thinkers. Also statements from designers such as Stella McCartney, EDUN founder Ali Hewson, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake. There are also interviews with such designers as Katharine Hamnett, Hussein Chalayan, Dries van Noten and Lorrie Vogel (Nike). After that, presenting future scenarios which set out how things could be if we do – or don’t – succeed in enacting radical change. Finally, a resources section provides comprehensive listings of leading organizations involved in campaigning, advising, certifying, footprinting and promoting sustainability worldwide. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook will take its place as the Bible of the subject.
2. Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys
Fully revised and updated, the second edition of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys continues to define the field of design in fashion and textiles. Arranged in two sections, the first four chapters represent key stages of the lifecycle: material cultivation/extraction, production, use and disposal. The remaining four chapters explore design approaches for altering the scale and nature of consumption. Including service design, localism, speed and user involvement. While each chapter is complete in and of itself, their real value comes from what they represent together. Innovative ways of thinking about textiles and garments based on sustainability values and an interconnected approach to design.
Including a new preface, updated content and a new conclusion reflecting and critiquing developments in the field. As well as discussing future developments. The second edition promises to provide further impetus for future change, sealing Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys as the must-buy book for fashion and textiles professionals and students interested in sustainability.
3. A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion (Basics Fashion Design)
Packed with full-colour images from contributors such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Edun and People Tree. A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion is a much-needed handbook for both students and professionals in the fashion and textile industries. Beginning with a reflection on current models of fashion design and production, this book introduces the key issues associated with the production, use and disposal of fashion clothing. It gives step-by-step guidance on how to identify and evaluate the potential impacts of a garment during the design process.
Featuring industry perspectives and studio-based exercises, the final five chapters of the book explore a range of ways in which designers can reduce the negative impacts associated with the life cycle of fashion garments. Packed with innovative examples of best practice from international designers and brands, these chapters present each key stage in the life cycle of a fashion garment:
– Firstly explore approaches such as low-impact textiles techniques.
– Secondly – mono-materiality.
– Thirdly zero waste techniques,
– Repair and maintenance techniques,
– And finally closed-loop design systems.
A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion offers an overview of the following topics: garment design; sourcing and selecting fabrics and techniques; pattern making and toiling; garment construction; distribution; clothing care and maintenance; reuse and re-manufacture; and material recycling; and it also covers the following sustainable design approaches: design for empathy; using mono materials; zero waste techniques; design for durability; engaging with local communities; design for need; reducing laundering; design for repair; upcycling; and design for closed-loop systems.
4. Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion provides a unique and accessible overview of fashion ethics and sustainability issues of the past, present and future. This book is the first to situate today’s eco-fashion movement in its multifaceted historical context, investigating the relationship between fashion and the environment as far back as the early nineteenth century.
Employing an expanded definition of sustainability that also considers ethical issues, Farley Gordon and Hill explore each stage of the fashion production cycle, from the cultivation of raw fibers to the shipment of the finished garment. Structured thematically, each of the six chapters is dedicated to the discussion of one major issue, from recycling and repurposing to labor practices and the treatment of animals.
Including interviews with eco-fashion designers, Sustainable Fashion will appeal to students and scholars of fashion, as well as students of design, history and cultural studies.