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''Optimistically shows how the industry is changing, with both cutting-edge designers and high street shops trying to clean up fashion's dirty image.'' --The Times
''[Black] shows us how informed consumers who read labels and make ethical decisions can push manufacturers into making clothes that are green and fashionable.'' --Elle Canada
"[...] an insightful tome dedicated to unraveling the complicated threads of what eco fashion is all about. The book is as attractive as it is informational, filled with vivid photographs of one breathtaking piece after the next and case studies of designers including ecofabulous favorite Linda Loudermilk." --Ecofabulous Blog
About the Author
Sandy Black is the author of Fashioning Fabrics (Black Dog Publishing, 2006) and Knitwear in Fashion (Thames & Hudson, 2002) and has contributed to numerous other publications including Fashion and Function: Factors in the development of protective clothing (Woodhead, 2005). She is currently a Professor of Fashion Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion.
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10 April 2012
I ordered this book on the strength of other reviews on here and I must say, I found it very disappointing. It's written in a dry and academic style - perhaps useful as a textbook for a fashion student but hardly fun for the average reader. The author is also obsessed with fashion and this book reads like an apology for it, and as if she will find any excuse for manufacturers and wearers of fashion. For a far better considered view of what fashion is really doing to the planet and the people on it, and where we might reasonably go from here, read Lucy Siegle's To Die For, which mentions - for instance - the terrible problems Katharine Hamnett had with her Tesco venture, which are thoroughly glossed over in this book. The production of the book also leaves a lot to be desired, with a hard-to-read sans serif typeface used throughout, and a structure that is hard to understand - the real book doesn't begin until about page 45. I am gutted, as this ought to be a worthwhile read, but it seems to me that the author swallowed wholesale any excuse made to her by the clothing manufacturers. I give it two stars because the pictures are nice.
30 November 2012
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Excellent book -Sandy Black is an authority on all aspects of fashion and the industry. I first read it when it came out in 2008 ( this is a 2nd edition of a very successful book)- it was one of the first books to be published on the subject of sustainable fashion. It is both informative and easy to read and a great resource for fashion students. Comes highly recommended
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27 February 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
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3 people found this helpful.
The first and still the best book on eco fashion, not clothing, not apparel, not mixed in with interior design, but eco fashion. THE must have book on the topic and the standard all others are judged by.
Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox
9 October 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
As a graduate student I am using this book as a foundation for my research on sustainable fashion. It is an excellent resource that covers a range of topics related to the fashion life cycle and the fashion industry as a whole. This book is packed with information but easy to read. I am also using Sustainable Fashion: Why Now? by Janet Hethorn and Connie Ulasewicz along with this book.Sustainable Fashion: Why Now?: A Conversation Exploring Issues, Practices, and Possibilities
12 November 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
7 people found this helpful.
This book is a great introduction to the industry at large and all the channels and players involved. It gives well researched descriptions of strategies and initiatives taken on by various designers and entrepreneurs. It also has great resource listing at the back that will lead you to more current information. It's a must for fashion designers and industry professionals. I'm using it as a starting block for my thesis on sustainable fashioning.
27 August 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Excellently presented book that covers all aspects of sustainable and ethical fashion. Does not baulk at some of the complexities of the subject. Well researched.