Have you heard of Slow Fashion? You may be familiar with the Slow Food Movement and such things as the 100 Mile Diet and the burgeoning interest in Local Food. Slow Fashion is closely related to those movements and is in direct contrast with the idea of disposable fashion; buying cheap clothing that doesn’t last and puts a huge strain on the environment, not to mention the cheap labour standards that goes along with it, to keep up with the ever-changing fashion trends, to emulate runway and celebrity style, and to continue our out of control consumer spending. And yes, you can argue that in these economic times people are not wanting to spend as much on clothing, but I have to ask, is that part justification for frivolous spending, and that in the long term, buying clothing that is poorly made and in fact designed to fall apart after a season or two is really not as cost effective as spending the little bit more for quality and longevity. Not to mention consignment and thrift stores, and to not fear wearing your clothing more than once. Slow Fashion is all about the process; the designer takes care and skill into creating something that is beautiful and conscientious.
Well! If you’re interested in the idea of slow fashion and sustainability, there’s a great workshop coming up on April 16th!