Tuesday, August 31, 2010

LAURA DAZA fashion showroom @ Miami!!!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"FASHIONING NOW-changing the way we make and use clothes"

Fashioning Now: changing the way we make and use clothes
A project from the University of Technology,Sydney

Fashioning Now project aims to investigate the way in which clothing is produced, used and discarded. The project outcomes focused on providing educational activities that comprised of an exhibition, a symposium, a project website, and a book that feature innovative research projects from Australian and international scholars and practitioners. Through these activities Fashioning Now proposes to highlight the diverse range of sustainable solutions currently being explored by researchers, designers and manufacturers, while predicting possible scenarios for a future fashion industry. Project led by: Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust. 
Fashioning Now is also supported by the University of Technology, Sydney, and UTS Gallery. NEWS: Fashioning Now opens at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia from 24th July until 19th September 2010. Seehttp://www.fac.org.au/exhibitions.aspx for more information.

Image: Romance Was Born, 
The Garden of Eden, performance at the Kaliman Gallery, 2008. Photography by Limuel Martine



YOU wear organic T-shirts. You hang your clothes to dry. You recycle your unloved suits and dresses.
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
Simon Collins, far left, of Parsons, Scott Mackinlay Hahn and Fiona Dieffenbacher with a five-pocket jean pattern.
But frankly, that’s just the tip of the green iceberg.
Today’s truly fashion-forward have a more radical ambition: zero waste.
That may sound more like an indie band than an environmental aspiration, but it’s a new focus of top fashion schools.
Zero-waste design strives to create clothing patterns that leave not so much as a scrap of fabric on the cutting room floor. This is not some wacky avant-garde exercise; it’s a way to eliminate millions of tons of garbage a year. Apparel industry professionals say that about 15 to 20 percent of the fabric used to produce clothing winds up in the nation’s landfills because it’s cheaper to dump the scraps than to recycle them.
A small but impassioned coterie of designers has spent the last few years quietly experimenting with innovative design techniques, and some of their ideas are starting to penetrate the mainstream.
Next month, Parsons the New School for Design — which inspired a generation of would-be designers through the television series “Project Runway” — will offer one of the world’s first fashion courses in zero waste. The book “Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes,” by Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen, zero-waste pioneers, will be published in February by Earthscan. And an exhibition of zero-waste fashions, curated by Mr. Rissanen and another zero-waste designer, Holly McQuillan, will be held in New Zealand next spring and in New York the following fall. Also in March, an exhibition, “No Waste/Zero Waste” will open at the Averill and Bernard Leviton A + D Gallery in Chicago, part of Columbia College Chicago.



Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Wearing unclean clothes is a social taboo. Yet behind this everyday routine there are some major resource, pollution and social problems.” (Designer Emma Rigby, Energy Water Fashion)



"Water & Oil"-Italian Vogue inspired by oil spill...

Abigail Doan, writer, editor and environmental activist behind ecco*eco, alerted us to this Italian Vogue editorial (via of Refinery29) through her Facebook fanpage. Of course, like any good editorial, the reviews have been mixed. Here are a few that stand out:
Wow, how insensitive! What next, a photo shoot inspired by the recent floods in Pakistan? A better idea would be to do a minimal photo shoot DEDICATED to the event and donate the cash that would have been spent on an extravagant shoot to the charities trying to sort the mess out.”

“I don’t think its glamorization at all…putting ourselves in the animals shoes so to speak…imagining if it were us living directly in the disaster…It’s poetically beautiful”

“Steven Meisel was successful in depicting the ugly truth of such a catastrophic event. Fashion isn’t only about the clothes; it is an idea or message that can often times stir up controversy and bring awareness to industries and people that might not otherwise not be affected.”

Earth Inc.- Gregory Unruh's seminar...

Don’t use too many fossil fuels. Don’t waste paper. Don’t over-package your goods. For years companies have been hearing what not to do when it comes to making their business practices more sustainable.

But what can you do to make your company both ecologically responsible and financially profitable?  What are the rules, ideologies, and methods that will guide your business toward sustainable practices?  How can you successfully implement ecological theory into your everyday business practices?

In this interactive seminar Gregory Unruh will show you how to embed sustainability into everything your company does – profitably. Provide prescriptive steps that will inform your business decisions, Unruh will help you launch your company into eco-minded practices.


Papery shoes...


Thursday, August 5, 2010

SOCIAL ALTERATIONS: An educational Lab for Social Responsible Fashion Design.

"The fashion industry faces major challenges in both resources and labor, but designers featured in the Eco Chicexhibition strive to change the general attitude of fashion and consumption.”(Scandinavian House, onEco Chic)

The ecological and ethical production of clothing begins with the design of a garment, and continues right through to the finished product, including the transparency of fashion companies about their production processes and materials.”(Scandinavian House, onEcoChic)

Please check SOCIAL ALTERATIONS: An educational Lab for Social Responsible Fashion Design.