Six fashion brands making the industry more sustainable

Consumers are waking up to the disastrous impact fast fashion has on the environment. Here are six clothing companies that are challenging it with radical approaches to sustainable fashion. Textile production releases 1.2 billion tonnes a year of carbon dioxide equivalent, making it a bigger contributor to greenhouse gases than international flights and overseas shipping […]

Creativity in fashion “doesn’t mean creating more stuff”, says Extinction Rebellion’s Sara Arnold

Extinction Rebellion staged a funeral march to close London Fashion Week. Dezeen spoke to organiser and activist Sara Arnold about the need to redefine creativity in the climate crisis, rather than making “more stuff”. Last week, climate activist group Extinction Rebellion staged a funeral procession from London’s Trafalgar Square to 180 The Strand, London Fashion […]

Simone Post combines hypnotic patterns with bubbles in African-style fabric

Dutch textile designer Simone Post has adapted a traditional wax printing technique to create a colourful fabric that combines 3D geometries with bubble patterns. Post, who is also a founder of design studio Envisions, designed the Bubble Block Wax for Vlisco, a Dutch fabric manufacturer that produces textiles for the African market. Simone Post created the […]

Gucci begins Spring Summer 2020 show with models in straitjackets

Gucci has featured models in straitjacket-like clothing on moving walkways in its latest show in Milan, with one model protesting the “insensitive” decision by the fashion house. The show began with a three and a half minute introduction that saw a succession of models in baggy white clothing with the straps and ties similar to those found on […]

Vin + Omi creates fashion collection from Prince Charles’ stinging nettles

Nettles taken from Prince Charles’ Highgrove estate were transformed into a collection of garments by sustainable design duo Vin + Omi, for a London Fashion Week show. The fashion collection was showcased as part of Vin + Omi’s Sting project, which has seen the duo develop 20 textiles and processes using stinging nettles since 2004. […]

Fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester moves into homeware with debut collection

Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester has produced her first homeware and lighting collection, which launched at Maison&Object furniture fair in Paris this week. Ann Demeulemeester – who until six years ago headed up her eponymous fashion brand –  joined forces with Belgian furniture and homeware brand Serax to launch two collections of porcelain tableware, glassware, […]

Eight eye-catching designs from Parsons 2019 graduate fashion show

Delicate beadwork, plant-stuffed plastic jackets and dangling threads flowed down the runway at Parsons School of Design‘s graduate show in New York this week, where collections with intricate details were among US reporter Bridget Cogley‘s highlights. The fashion show took place at Spring Studios in New York City’s Tribeca neighbourhood on Wednesday 4 September, to […]

Join Dezeen’s sustainable fashion chat on Twitter with #dezeenchat

Will fashion ever be 100 per cent sustainable? Dezeen’s India Block will be speaking to readers on Twitter this Thursday, 5 September, at 4pm UK time about designers’ responsibilities when it comes to fashion sustainability. Join in using the hashtag #dezeenchat. Not able to make it? Share your thoughts using the comments below and we’ll tweet […]

Allbirds crafts shoes from renewable materials including wool and castor beans

Footwear brand Allbirds uses merino wool to manufacture the textile uppers of its Wool Runners shoes, which also feature laces made from recycled plastic bottles and insoles produced using castor bean oil. Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown was disappointed with the synthetic materials used to manufacture most footwear and set out to develop an alternative that […]

WGNB designs all-black flagship store for fashion brand Juun.J

Korean practice WGNB has designed the flagship shop for fashion brand Juun.J in Seoul as a cluster of black geometric forms. Working with the motifs of circles, triangles and squares, the store occupies a black-rendered building that abuts a cafe with a steep triangular roof sweeping down to cover a glazed circular courtyard. WGNB drew on […]

Cubitts makes Redux glasses from waste materials including human hair and potatoes

Corn husks, wool and yoghurt pots are some of the materials used in a series of experimental spectacles by British eyewear brand Cubitts. London-based Cubitts is exploring more sustainable forms of manufacturing with Redux, a collection of 10 one-off frames each made from a different waste material. The range includes recycled plastics and bioplastics, with designs […]

Vollebak’s plant and algae t-shirt becomes “worm food” in 12 weeks

Tech-based clothing startup Vollebak has launched a t-shirt made entirely from wood pulp and algae, which breaks down in soil or in a composter within three months. The t-shirt itself is made from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests. Vollebak sources wood from eucalyptus, beech, and spruce trees, which are chipped and pulped before […]

Vollebak’s Black Squid Jacket reflects lights from more than two billion glass spheres

Experimental clothing brand Vollebak has created a colour-shifting jacket, which uses embedded black glass spheres to emulate the camouflage qualities of a squid. The surface of the Black Squid Jacket is made from a resin-coated polyester embedded with more than two billion glass spheres. Each square centimetre of the jacket is covered with around 40,000 […]

Competition: win a bicycle helmet by Thousand and Poketo

In our latest competition, we’re offering three readers the chance to win a vintage-style helmet with vegan leather straps designed by Thousand and Poketo. Urban-cycling brand Thousand have paired helmets in a vintage-style shape with graphic contemporary patterns from lifestyle brand Poketo. The limited-edition collection is available in three colourways: Colour Blocks, Coral Reef, and […]

Chloe Baines makes fashion collection from tents left behind at festivals

London College of Fashion graduate Chloe Baines has designed a collection of clothing and jewellery from the upcycled tents and metal pegs left after music festivals. The collection, called In Tents: The After Party, was designed in collaboration with Central Saint Martins graduate Belle Smith, who made matching earrings and rings from the tent pegs. […]

Swiss brand On moves from running to hiking with lightweight boot

Swiss running brand On has unveiled the Cloudrock Waterproof hiking shoe that is 35 per cent lighter than a regular boot. Cloudrock Waterproof is the first hiking boot made by Swiss brand On, which is known for its lightweight running shoes and is reportedly the fastest growing running brand worldwide. “Though road running is at the core […]

Jasmine Linington uses seaweed to make couture clothing

Textile design graduate Jasmine Linington establishes seaweed as a high-end fashion material with her collection of nature-derived couture garments. In a bid to address the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry, the Edinburgh College of Art MFA student looked to the Scottish shores for more sustainable materials. Every element of Linington’s Seaweed Girl […]

Ghostly Ocean Debris is an accessories collection made from discarded refugee life vests

Northumbria graduate Harry Jones has produced a collection of clothing and lifestyle accessories using the life jackets left on European beaches during the refugee crisis. The collection, titled Ghostly Ocean Debris, uses the discarded bright yellow jackets as the raw material to produce items such as flip-flops, placemats, and satchels. Rather than going to landfill, […]

Karoline Vitto’s garments accentuate the fat rolls women are told to hide

This collection of cloth and metal-wire garments by Brazilian fashion designer Karoline Vitto finds beauty in the bulges of flesh that women are encouraged to cover up. Designed as part of her masters degree at London’s Royal College of Art, Vitto’s The Body as Material collection features seven garments that accentuate the rolls and curves […]

Bio Iridescent Sequins are the green alternative for sustainable sparkles

Designer Elissa Brunato has created the Bio Iridescent Sequin, a shimmering embellishment made from trees that is more sustainable than regular plastic sequins. Instead of using petroleum-based plastic, Brunato has developed a way of making glittering sequins from the cellulose extracted from trees. The cellulose’s crystalline form refracts light and makes the sequins naturally shimmery, without […]

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