Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future

Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future

by Jennifer Farley Gordon, Colleen Hill

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ISBN-13: 9780857851871
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/30/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,047,827
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Jennifer Farley Gordon is a PhD student in the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program at Iowa State University, and serves as a graduate research assistant in the Textiles and Clothing Museum. From 2008 until 2013, she was an assistant curator at The Museum at FIT, New York City, USA.

Colleen Hill is Associate Curator of Accessories at The Museum at FIT, New York City, USA.
Jennifer Farley Gordon received her PhD in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design from Iowa State University, USA, and serves as a graduate research assistant in the Textiles and Clothing Museum. From 2008 until 2013, she was an assistant curator at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA.

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Repurposed and Recycled Clothing and Textiles - Colleen Hill

Secondhand Clothing: A Brief History

Repurposed Clothing

Eighteenth-Century Materials

Nineteenth-Century Materials

Twentieth-Century Materials

Recycled Textiles


At a Glance: Vintage Clothing

At a Glance: Make Do and Mend

Chapter Two: Quality of Craftsmanship - Colleen Hill

The Eighteenth Century

Technological Advancements

The Nineteenth Century

The Jacquard Loom

Dressmaking Techniques

The Sewing Machine

The Twentieth Century

World War II and the Golden Age of Couture

The 1960s and 'Disposable' Fashion

Contemporary Fashion


At a Glance: Fast Fashion

Chapter Three: Material Origins - Colleen Hill

Natural Fibers




Manmade Fibers




Synthetic Fibers




At a Glance: 'Futuristic' Materials of the Past

Chapter Four: Textile Dyeing - Jennifer Farley Gordon


Synthetic Dyes

Poisoning People

Poisoning the Environment

Past Meets Present in the Search for Solutions


At a Glance: Lowering the Impact of Dyeing Processes

At a Glance: Indigo

At a Glance: Greenpeace

Chapter Five: Labor Practices - Jennifer Farley Gordon


Textile Mills

Garment Factories


History Repeating: The Resurgence of Sweatshops, Subcontracting, and the ' Runaway Shop'

Awareness and Action: Combating Poor Labor Practices

At a Glance: Madeleine Vionnet, Elizabeth Hawes, and Max Meyer: Historical Perspectives on Labor Practices

At a Glance: Labels: Advocacy and Awareness

Chapter Six: Treatment of Animals - Jennifer Farley Gordon


Nineteenth-century Feather Debate

Fur in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Fur Trapping
Fur Farming
Rise of the Anti-Fur Movement
Sustainable Alternatives
At a Glance: Tortoiseshell, Ivory, and Reptile Skins
At a Glance: Faux Furs


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