Slow Fashion? Isn’t Slow
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You may have heard this term “slow fashion.” What is behind a label that takes this process to heart? Do you understand what it means. Is it slow? The term originated by Kate Fletcher of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UK, in 2007, and is more than a movement – it takes a very serious look at the use of fashion and the clothing we wear everyday as an important “whole” process. It’s one step above the thought “if you want something to wear make it yourself.” Which, is exactly what the poor, middle to lower upper class used to do (right up until the 20’s) verses the upper class who had an in house dressmaker.
Trends of clothing and the latest runway show broadcast through the heightened media continuously set off a storm of desire for certain new seasonal look. Then mass production has had to meet this overwhelming global demand for a garment (primarily set by large retailers to entice shoppers to constantly keep up with the Jones’). However, quality and labour standards dropped significantly as “fast fashion” became a way for more affordable to the western world so shoppers found something cheap, but this was happening at a price and made only a few men very wealthy. “No matter the cost” became a world wide issue with destructive methods to our environment and poverty in production amassed.
Slow fashion is actually an term to explain that clothing takes time, that there is a cost to each step and the actual time in producing a garment fairly without setting the system off balance. Slow fashion, is often made local, or in your country, or made in a safe and fair wage facility offshore, and made with fabrics of quality, reducing the likelihood of continuing the negative, waste-not-want-not trend of “disposable fashion.”
How long do you think it takes to buy the fabric, cut and sew a single pair of pants?
Here are a few links we found helpful:
Open your eyes to the True Cost of fashion.
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