A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

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By (author) Alison Gwilt

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  • Publisher: FAIRCHILD BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 228mm x 14mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 2940496145
  • ISBN 13: 9782940496143
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour illus
  • Sales rank: 184,393

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Packed with full-colour images from contributors such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Edun and People Tree, A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion is a much-needed handbook for both students and professionals in the fashion and textile industries. Beginning with a reflection on current models of fashion design and production, this book introduces the key issues associated with the production, use and disposal of fashion clothing and gives step-by-step guidance on how to identify and evaluate the potential impacts of a garment during the design process. Featuring industry perspectives and studio-based exercises, the final five chapters of the book explore a range of ways in which designers can reduce the negative impacts associated with the life cycle of fashion garments. Packed with innovative examples of best practice from international designers and brands, these chapters present each key stage in the life cycle of a fashion garment and explore approaches such as low-impact textiles techniques, mono-materiality, zero waste techniques, upcycling, repair and maintenance techniques and closed-loop design systems. A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion offers an overview of the following topics: garment design; sourcing and selecting fabrics and techniques; pattern making and toiling; garment construction; distribution; clothing care and maintenance; reuse and re-manufacture; and material recycling; and it also covers the following sustainable design approaches: design for empathy; using mono materials; zero waste techniques; design for durability; engaging with local communities; design for need; reducing laundering; design for repair; upcycling; and design for closed-loop systems.

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Author information

Alison Gwilt is a Reader in Fashion Design at the Art and Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is also co-author of Shaping sustainable fashion: Changing the way we make and use clothes (2011).

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A well structured resource for teaching which demonstrates a breadth of approaches to sustainability. -- Jade Whitson-Smith, University of Huddersfield, UK

Table of contents

1. Rethinking fashion design The supply chain The key issues Developments in sustainable fashion The future of fashion? Spotlight on: Katharine Hamnett; Exercise 1: Reflecting on sustainable fashion 2. The life cycle of a garment Life cycle thinking Activities and impacts Assessment tools and models Sustainable design strategies Spotlight on: Stella McCartney; Exercise 2: Comparing two garments 3. Design Garment design Spotlight on: Designing for Empathy Exercise 3: An approach to designing for empathy Selecting fabrics, materials and techniques Spotlight On: Using Mono Materials; Interview: Annika Matilda Wendelboe 4. Production Pattern-making and toiling Spotlight on: Zero-waste techniques Exercise 4: Working with geometric shapes Construction Spotlight on: Design for durability; Interview: Susan Dimasi, materialbyproduct 5. Distribution Suppliers, makers and producers Spotlight on: Engaging with local communities Retail Opportunities Interview: Isabelle De Hillerin Retail Spotlight on: Designing for need; Exercise 5: Designing for inclusive fashion 6. Use Patterns of use Spotlight on: Reducing laundering Repair and maintenance Spotlight on: Design for repair Exercise 6: Designing modular garments; Interview: Lizzie Harrison, Remade in Leeds 7. End-of-Life Reuse and remanufacture Spotlight on: Upcycling Exercise 7: A personalized approach to upcycling Material recycling Spotlight on: Closed-loop production Interview: Wayne Hemingway, Hemingwaydesign Appendix; Conclusion; Glossary; Online resources; Student resources; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements and credits.