This week my wonderful local bookshop, Avid Reader in West End, hosted a fabulous evening with Clare Press who has just launched her book “ Wardrobe Crisis – How we went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion”. The discussion between Alison Kubler and Clare Press was lots of fun and informative at the same time. Here is a snapshot of the discussion and some interesting facts from Clare Press’ book.
- Clare Press loves fashion – she works as Editor-at-Large for Marie Claire – and she doesn’t want us to stop shopping, just shop wisely for the planet’s people and environment.
- Do you know who made your clothes? Fashion Revolution wants us to ask this question when shopping so it becomes a normal deciding factor for the consumer, thereby compelling the brands/manufacturers to share their makers’ origins.
- Ask yourself how your new jeans can possibly retail for $20 after import, tax, marketing and store mark-ups?
- If you buy new, look for locally made/ethical manufacturers, organic & natural fibres.
- Clean second-hand clothes are not nasty, just be discerning when you shop.
- Shop less, buy better.
- Clothes are increasingly designed with disposability in mind.
- Each year Australians send $500million worth of clothing to the tip.
- Oxfam says 9,513 garments are thrown into British landfill every five minutes!
- 92% of the clothing sold in Australia is manufactured overseas.
- High volume brands are starting to make changes, due to consumer pressure so keep them accountable.
- Clare Press does not like plastic. Plastic clothes in particular i.e. polyester, nylon, polypropylene etc but that does not mean some of her retro vintage buys will be discarded, but will be lovingly worn… away from a naked flame.
The book is so worth reading, funny and filled with lots of fashion facts that I found enlightening, shocking and curious about the current status and future of fashion.