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OWYN RUCK (MANGER/CO-FOUNDER, TEXTILE ARTS CENTER)

In 2013, I predict a shift to more local and collaborative actions that stem from the larger conversations that have happened over the years. We will see that in smaller groups we can actually start to do things, rather than waiting for a larger, untouchable industry to change.

Our society's general consciousness will continue to shift. People have been waking up to notice their own habits, realizing the difference between what we need and what we desire, and who we want to be as consumers. A slow and painful process. However, after major news events in 2012 bringing to light the realities of the fashion industry I predict larger conversations will happen about social justice and the social impact of fashion/the fashion industry, rather than just about "what is sustainable fashion?"

Instead of panel discussions, there will be round-table talks and collective meetings about what to do next. And this can and will be through many things: more collaborative efforts between artists and designers, as well as between small and large companies; more online/digital outlets for designers to sell, as well as an increase of local fairs, pop-ups, and brick-and-mortar shops supporting their local makers; and, most importantly, changes in manufacturing. I predict that we will see major advances in manufacturing models on a local scale, in both garment and textile production, that provide simpler ways for designers to produce and offer transparency to the public. The "made in the U.S.A." trend will start to become a reality for this country again.

In order for this to happen effectively for the long run, research and education will become a bigger focus. I hope to see more research and development in three-dimensional printing, which the average consumer will start to have better access and exposure to.

Research in recycling natural fibers will continue, so these processes can be used on a larger scale. Education will always be key in bringing change. I predict that with all the various outlets for non-traditional education opening across the country, people will see the value in self-educating through local classes, books, and online resources, and carefully questioning how they spend money on education. I hope this leads to more support for trade-oriented and vocational programs, which will be needed if we want a shift to manufacturing locally.

ECO-FASHION ORACLES

1. Lucy Siegle (The Guardian, Green Carpet Challenge, To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?)

2. Summer Rayne Oakes (Source4Style)

3. Sass Brown (Fashion Institute of Technology, Eco Fashion)

4. Li Yifung (Greenpeace)

5. Elizabeth Cline (Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion)

6. John Patrick (Organic)

7. Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart (Vaute Couture)

8. Gretchen Jones

9. Tara St. James (Study NY)

10. Karen Stewart and Howard Brown (Stewart + Brown)

11. Carrie Parry

12. Meghan Sebold (Afia)

13. Timo Rissanen (Parsons The New School for Design)

14. Leah Borromeo (Dirty White Gold)

15. Owyn Ruck (Textile Arts Center)

16. Bahar Shahpar

17. Anthony Lilore (Restore Clothing, Save the Garment Center)

18. Anjelika Krishna Daftuar (A.D.O. Clothing)

19. Angelina Rennell (Lina Rennell, Beklina)

20. Abigail Doan

21. Adriana Herrara (Fashioning Change)

22. Bob Bland (Brooklyn Royalty, Manufacture NY)

23. Joshua Katcher (The Discerning Brute, Brave GentleMan)

24. Britt Howard (Portland Garment Factory)

25. Christina Dean (Redress HK)

26. Anna Griffin (Coco Eco)

27. Amy DuFault

28. Starre Vartan (Eco-Chick, The Eco Chick Guide to Life)

29. Johanna Björk (Goodlifer)

30. Emma Grady (Past Fashion Future)

One Response to “30 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2013”

  1. Brulee says:

    I think that one of the main ethical questions should be over the lack of choice in skincare/make up brands unless one chooses to shoponline at places like Naturisimo or LoveLula where only non animal tested products are sold? In Department stores and Boots many brands especially the ‘high end’ designer ones still use the cruel and unreliable draize and force feeding methods rather than the more reliable alternatives, even ingredients linked to skin irritation and cancer are still used. This is less likely in BUAV approved non animal tested products as natural alternatives, higher quality are often preferred?

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