Author, Model, Womens Rights Activist
Tell us why you are passionate about the Fashion Revolution campaign?
Fashion needs a revolution.
Fashion is one of the big polluters and we need to be able to do better.
We have to do better for the environment, the future, our kids and the people in the garment industry who are making the clothes we are wearing. We need to make sure they’re treated fairly and given respect and fair working wages.
What does sustainable fashion to mean to you?
Sustainable fashion should be exactly what it sounds like, something that doesn’t have a negative impact on the environment and the planet that we all share. So if I buy something that claims to be sustainable I want it to be exactly that. Something that can be made without causing damage, without exploitation, and without ruining the environment that we share.
How important do you think it is for fashion brands to help tackle poverty and climate change (please explain why/and or how you think this can be achieved)?
Fashion brands need to be transparent so consumers actually know what is going into the garments that they are considering purchasing. I know I personally want that from brands. If I am going to be something that’s new rather than second hand or something I’m making myself, I want to know why I should purchase from that brand. What went into the textiles, what kind of dyes were used, how were the garment workers treated.
These are all things that the industry in general needs to pick up on and do more of. The brands that are making real efforts to be more ethical and sustainable should be rewarded by the consumer.
How important do you think it is for Fashion Brands to share where their garments are made from and the source of the raw materials they use?
It’s extremely important for brands to be transparent about where they source their products, who was involved in that chain and actually go back to the making of the textiles, the dying of the textiles. I want to know about that whether that’s for fabrics for fashions that I’m making at home – as a home ‘sewist’ or as a consumer that is sometimes going to be buying something from a shop. I want to know where it came from and who made my clothes.
Do you have a love story in your wardrobe? If so, what it is?
I love vintage and things that have a history and we have so many beautiful things from the past that aren’t being appreciated now. We have warehouses and attics full of clothing and other usable objects and things that will help out lives but we’re not using them. I’m big on buying vintage, buying second-hand, recycling and up cycling whether it’s old clothes or other objects. Every bit of my wardrobe is a love story.