Green Designers

Jaida Hay Creates Fluid Ethical Garments Inspired by...Sumo Wrestling?

SUMO LIKE IT HOT Hay, whose interest was piqued after she watched a movie about the sport, observed that sumo’s painstaking ceremony masked its less savory aspects. Its parallels…

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CFDA, Vogue Team Up With NRDC to Clean Up Toxic Fashion Industry

Photo by Shutterstock The Natural Resources Defense Council has gained two formidable allies in its quest to clean up the fashion industry: the Council of Fashion Designers of America…

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Decay: A Series of Sweaters That Anticipate Their Eventual Deterioration

WORN OUT Bourlanges had many sources of inspiration to draw from, including the work of writer-biologist Midas Dekkers (quotable quote: “Decay is indestructible. So it’s not a…

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Carrie Parry Enlists Regular Women to Model Bauhaus-Inspired Fall Line

ALL THE REAL GIRLS Parry was inspired by the clean lines and geometric shapes of the Bauhaus movement, as well as the unbridled colors of Holi, a Hindu festival that celebrates the…

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NZ Designer Samantha Murray Turns Fruit-Scented Liquids Into Couture

CANDYLAND Getting a solution to behave like a solid wasn’t easy, of course. After researching the spray-on fabric Fabrican, Murray invented her own “low-tech” version…

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Made Right Here: Potential TV Series That Explores American-Made Goods

Joseph Gannon and Max Wastler of All Plaidout have released a seven-minute teaser for a potential TV series about products that are still made in the U.S.A. In Made Right Here, the duo…

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"Queen of Upcycling" Orsola de Castro's Tips for Emerging Designers

Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of the 2012 EcoChic Design Award If you haven’t heard of upcycled clothing, you will soon. Just last month, the International Herald…

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Burning Torch Upcycles Army Uniforms, Silk Lingerie Into Eco-Luxe Fashion

OLD NEW WORLD Craven sources her fabrics the hard way: old-fashioned legwork, a tack that has taken her all over the globe. “It is much harder, that’s true, but the idea of…

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Hila Martuzana Translates Cycles of Nature Into Stunning Tyvek Dresses

TURN, TURN, TURN Although the pieces appear delicate, Tyvek is extremely durable. Pioneered by Dupont, the material is also moisture-, chemical-, and tear-resistant, which explains…

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Carrie Parry Talks About Winning Green Fashion Competition, Future Plans

When Carrie Parry flew home from Amsterdam International Fashion Week, the Brooklyn designer didn’t return empty-handed. Winner of The Green Fashion Competition’s Category 2…

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Sh!t Dame Vivienne Westwood Says: Greatest Hits Edition

ON TRAVEL AND ART “I try to concentrate on quality clothing and accessories that are worth having, and to get my people to take less trips by air and stay longer each time they…

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Inspired by Braille, Laure Paschoud's Ethical Garments are a Tactile Treat

TOUCHY FEELY To create her “Braille” collection, Paschoud experimented with two- and three-dimensional volumes that she restructured to flatter the human figure.…

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IOU Project's Kavita Parmar Offers New Business Model for Ethical Fashion

Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of DIY With IOU. Enter now at Source4Style to become the IOU Project’s next ethical designer! The IOU Project isn’t just another…

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Dame Vivienne Westwood: People Look Ugly Wearing "Disposable Crap"

“People have never looked so ugly as they do today. We just consume far too much.. I’m talking about all this disposable crap. What I’m saying is buy less, choose…

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Mara Hoffman's Shaman Cowboys Ride at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

BLAZING SADDLES Wearing oversize “Magic Carpet” print scarves and wide-brimmed hats by MLE Hagen, the models slink past a celeb-filled front row that includes reality-TV…

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Leanne Marshall Dreams of Glaciers at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

ICE, ICE BABY Indeed, you won’t find a lick of wool in Marshall’s fall lineup; organza, chiffon, duchess satin, bamboo, shantung, and charmeuse have complete dominion,…

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Lauren Moffatt Goes Back to School for Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

HOT FOR TEACHER If only our own halls of academia had been half as charming as Moffatt’s. There’s a classroom with blackboards, school desks, and a wall of Bunsen burners…

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Titania Inglis Channels '90s Grunge at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Inglis describes her look as “grunge gone medieval,” citing medieval armor and the marine-life illustrations of Ernst Haeckel as influences. A mix of…

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