Prada becomes first luxury brand to sign loan tied to sustainability targets

Prada has signed a £42.9 million loan with banking group Crédit Agricole, with repayment terms conditional to meeting key targets around the sustainability of its products and operations. According to Prada – which also owns subsidiary brand Miu Miu – this marks the first time that a luxury brand has procured a sustainability-linked loan. In […]

The Met’s Costume Institute announces time-travelling theme for Spring 2020 exhibition

Fashion “flashbacks and fast-forwards” will be the theme of next year’s major fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, with exhibition design by Es Devlin. Called About Time: Fashion and Duration, the spring 2020 exhibition at the Met’s Costume Institute will explore the nature of time. It will form part of […]

Sun Lee reworks traditional Korean craft into clothes made from paper

South Korean designer Sun Lee has created a six-piece collection of clothing from traditional Korean paper which has been cut, torn and rolled by hand. Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Lee developed the fashion collection, called Consumption of Heritage, after seeing the amount of clothes waste thrown away at the end of every season. “This collection is based on […]

Charlotte McCurdy creates “carbon-negative” raincoat from algae bioplastic

New York designer Charlotte McCurdy has fashioned a water-resistant jacket from a plastic made of algae, which captures existing CO2 from the atmosphere. The garment is made from a bioplastic material McCurdy developed that consists entirely of biopolymers derived from algae. “The jacket is carbon-negative because it is made of marine macro-algae that expands our […]

Bodice clothes are for the women “challenging conventions” in Indian society

Fashion designer Ruchika Sachdeva’s label Bodice is developing a “new language of modernity” for women in India who want a minimalist alternative to traditional garments or designer formalwear. Sachdeva set up Bodice after studying in the UK at the London College of Fashion, and undertaking internships with designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Giles Deacon. […]

Nike React Infinity Run is designed to reduce runners’ injuries

Nike‘s new running shoe could prevent the chance of injury by 52 per cent, helping solve the problem that most often takes runners out of the game. The React Infinity Run was created by Nike Running as part of a seemingly impossible “moonshot” project to ensure that no runner gets injured. “One of the biggest […]

Benjamin Benmoyal makes garments from recycled cassette tapes

Central Saint Martins fashion student Benjamin Benmoyal drew on his years in the Israeli army to design this collection of “utopian” garments, hand-woven from fabrics made of recycled cassette tapes. The fashion collection, called It Was Better Tomorrow, comprises a range of structural garments patterned with colourful stripes and complete with boxy wigs, all boasting […]

COS unveils fashion collection based on Bauhaus design principles

Fashion brand COS has created a 13-piece collection of clothing and accessories commemorating the Bauhaus movement and its affiliated artists and architects. The release celebrates a century since the design school’s founding in Weimar and exemplifies its enduring impact on creative disciplines today, as explored in Dezeen’s Bauhaus 100 series. Six menswear and six womenswear items as […]

Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia uses moths to transform unwanted clothing into “precious” bio-waste material

Central Saint Martins graduate Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia has proposed a method for improving the textile recycling process by using moths to break down the natural fibres in discarded clothing. Pisapia, who says she is “interested in sustainability related to fashion, textile recycling, bio-design and the circular economy“, wanted to find a more efficient way to […]

Re:newcell prepares to launch “world’s first clothes made from circular cotton”

Swedish company Re:newcell is aiming to disrupt the fashion industry and save natural resources by creating garments from Circulose – a new material made from recycled cotton clothes. Circulose was developed in response to the issue of waste generated by the fashion industry, which sees the vast majority of unwanted or worn out garments end […]

Native Shoes creates trainers from single piece of algae-laced foam

US brand Native Shoes has developed a sneaker that is entirely made from one continuous sheet of algae-enriched EVA in a bid to clean up the footwear industry. EVA, short for ethylene-vinyl acetate, is a flexible, rubber-like plastic often used to form the cushioning midsole of trainers or, as in the case of Crocs, even […]

Rihanna’s lingerie show set design is an architectural “mash up”

Canadian designer Willo Perron created a a “mash up” of architectural iconography for the set design of Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show at New York Fashion Week. Singer-turned-businesswoman Rihanna presented her fashion show as an hour-long music and dance performance on a stage filled with exaggerated architectural elements. As creative director, Perron took his cues […]

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 […]

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