Black, Sandy (2008) Eco-Chic: the Fashion Paradox. Black Dog, London. ISBN 9781906155094
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In a comprehensive survey of this highly pertinent subject, leading academic Sandy Black examines the way the fashion industry is changing to accommodate the environmental concerns of the twenty first century. She exposes the naked truth behind the clothes we wear, exploring alternate practices and assessing their feasibility.
Using case studies of designers from the catwalks and the high street, including Katharine Hamnett, Marks and Spencer and Linda Loudermilk, the book illustrates how these processes are finding their way into the industry, and shows how ethical fashion has moved on from its traditional connotations of hemp shirts and rope sandals.
Fashion and environmental awareness are two concerns that do not comfortably sit side by side. Over the past ten years, high street fashion, led by global chains, has become ever more affordable and disposable. The sourcing of materials, the manufacture and the distribution of clothes have become the dirty secrets of the beautiful industry.
2nd edition published March 2011.
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Knitwear, fashion and textiles design with particular emphasis on 3 dimensional aspects of design and realisation, incorporating mathematical principles. Inter-disciplinary design in social and cultural context; Innovation in knitwear particularly 3D and seamless construction; Intersection of arts and science with design; Sustainability issues in fashion and textiles.
My current research interests seek to Interrogate Fashion - its practice and design processes. I am developing projects that integrate old and new technologies and seek new ways to approach the design and creation of fashion-related products through the relationship between craft practices and advanced technology. A key concept underpinning this research is the notion developed with the Interrogating Fashion Research Cluster during 2005 of more responsible design that takes into account the wider environmental, ethical, social and individual needs of products and their users.
Drawing on my background in both knitwear design and mathematics, I am involved in personal research which is exploring new forms in the realisation of knitwear, using advanced technologies and based on mathematical concepts of topology.
As principal investigator of the EPSRC/AHRC funded Research Cluster 'Interrogating Fashion' I am bringing together academics, fashion and textile designers, computer and material scientists, artists, musicians and researchers to discuss future ideas and changing paradigms for fashion and accessories in the 21st century. With a focus on practice, process and presentation , the research cluster will explore, through workshops and events during the current year, three overlapping themes:
• Digital Fashion? from craft to mass customisation
• The Fashion Paradox: transcience and sustainability
• Fashion in Context: presentation and display, audience and engagement
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||Fashion, Design, Textiles, Sustainable Design, eco-fashion, ecological|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion
Research Centres/Networks > Centre for Sustainable Fashion
|Related Websites:||http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/research/staff/professorsandyblack/, http://www.theecologist.org/reviews/books/859246/eco_chic_the_fashion_paradox.html|
|Date Deposited:||18 May 2010 14:02|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 21:13|
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