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What does sustainability mean in the context of fashion?
I think sustainability in the context of fashion means prioritising the earth over our wallets, instead of thinking oh should I be spending this money on a particular item instead, what’s the cost for the earth. How is this one item going to affect our surrounds, that’s much more important than making money, than deciding on spending an extra $100 on something that is much more well made.
Australians are the largest consumers of new clothing per capita (behind the U.S.), how does that stat make you feel and what advice would you give around re-thinking how we buy our clothes?
I think its terrifying and something that definitely needs to change. I’ve been spending a lot of time in Europe lately, and its really interesting I realise they have a lot of culture around their clothes and fashion, especially in Italy, they are taught from a young age to invest in things and care about what they are wearing and they have a special coat they’ll just wear for years til they grow out of it.
I don’t think we have that culture here, and that’s what we need to be teaching people, is that we should be putting more time and thought into what we are buying, it shouldn’t just be this fast season to season race, trying to keep up with trends, we should be thinking what we really want to wear, and actually spending on pieces that will last us 10, 20 or 30 years or longer than that, and it is possible. I hope people can realise they can make a difference in what they are wearing.
Do you have a love story in Wardrobe? If so, what is it?
I do, I love my collection of earrings, it’s very special to me and because I travel so much, its just something I carry all the time, I don’t take them off. I have hoops and studs from my Aunty, a lot of those are the leftovers of a pair that she’s lost. I love that she’s had them for decades and now I have got them. And I have some special pieces from New Zealand designers, like my Cowrie Shell earrings which is really important to me while I am overseas, its just having a piece from NZ with me.
DID YOU KNOW?
Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and others. Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 35..
(source: 'Why do we need a Fashion Revolution?', https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/why-do-we-need-a-fashion-revolution/)