Practices associated with growth of natural fibers or the manufacture of synthetics result in some of fashion’s most environmentally destructive consequences.
For example, the cultivation of cotton can be especially damaging, often employing dangerous chemicals and pesticides that belie the fiber’s natural reputation. ~Eco-Fashion: Going Green
Fashion may seem so frivolous to some, yet we all wear clothes…well at least most of us, most of the time. Ok, so you’re naked reading this, but you should still know fashion also has its impact on the environment. At one time fashion was handmade. Fast forward to today and fashion’s usually mass produced, which has led to harmful impacts on animals, people and the planet.
Currently on display at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is Eco-Fashion: Going Green. The exhibit promises to explore fashion’s relationship with the environment including both bad and good ecological practices of the past 250 years.
Not only are there designers out there like Rapanui working with not only a planet friendly business model but making planet friendly fashions. From textile manufacturing and the treatments that give your new jeans that worn look to cruel treatment of workers and animals we may not consider the impact of “being in fashion”.
The exhibit features more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the mid-18th century to the present.
It examines both positive and negative environmental practices over the past two centuries, providing historical context for today’s eco-fashion movement.
These are the 6 major themes they’re looking to explore:
* the repurposing and recycling of materials
* material origins
* textile dyeing and production
* quality of craftsmanship
* labor practices
* the treatment of animals
At sofreshandsogreen.com we’re looking to explore those issues in the future too.
Eco-Fashion: Going Green On View at The Museum at FIT in New York May 26 Through November 13, 2010
For more info visit fitnyc.edu