The Sustainable Fashion Handbook

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A definitive guide to the complex issues surrounding modern clothing production, use, and disposalThis sourcebook on all aspects of sustainable fashion 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 forty million people worldwide in manufacturing and agriculture.Sandy Black has assembled contributions from a diverse group with a range of perspectives: designers and technicians, ...
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Overview

A definitive guide to the complex issues surrounding modern clothing production, use, and disposalThis sourcebook on all aspects of sustainable fashion 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 forty million people worldwide in manufacturing and agriculture.Sandy Black has assembled contributions from a diverse group with a range of perspectives: designers and technicians, academics and journalists, environmental and social action campaigners, craft specialists and artists, eco-entrepreneurs and representatives of global corporations. Each chapter presents 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 projects.
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Editorial Reviews

Designers & Books
“Black’s sourcebook reinforces the notion that fashion, rather than being the most ephemeral and toxic of necessary and everyday design arts, can also be made manifest in clothing that is passed down through appreciative generations.”
Choice
“Presents a complex view that is more focused on solutions and innovations than on accusation of wasteful companies and practices. . . . Recommended.”
Protoview
“[A] treatise on the seemingly contradictory concept of sustainable fashion.”
Library Journal
The heft of this book matches its subject: the need for producers and consumers to consider thoughtfully fashion's environmental and social impact. Essays explore case studies of sustainable fashion businesses, fair labor and trade practices, textile recycling, luxury marketing and consumer desire, product life cycles in slow and fast fashion, the global secondhand clothing market, designers' philosophies on sustainability, and energy usage by manufacturers and consumers of clothing. Accessible and highly relevant to current fashion students, this book is information-dense, authoritative, and wide-ranging enough to serve as a textbook for a class on sustainable fashion. Black (fashion & textile design, London Coll. of Fashion) wrote many of the book's essays but also brought in dozens of authors representing the fashion industry, academia, environmental organizations, and the media to contribute the rest. Hundreds of full-color images add to the text, as do detailed notes for each chapter, a bibliography, and a resource list of international companies, organizations, publications, and projects working on sustainability in fashion. VERDICT This comprehensive collection of essays serves as a guide to both fast fashion and haute couture for casual readers and serious scholars.—Lindsay King, Yale Univ. Libs., New Haven, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500290569
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 687,309
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 13.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Black is a professor of fashion and textile design and technology at the London College of Fashion. Her previous books include Knitwear in Fashion.
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