In this age of disposable ‘everything’, clothing is near the top of that list. In the past few decades there has been a sharp increase in clothing commerce, the manufacturing, consuming and discarding of clothing, which has come to be labelled ‘Fast Fashion’. On the other hand, ‘Slow Fashion’ focuses on the quality and durability of the clothing item, a step back to the days when your dress lasted more than a season before it was relegated to the forgotten dark corner of your closet, or worse tossed in the garbage to make it’s way to the landfill.
I debated whether to offer a Wearable Art Fashion line for this very reason. Would I be contributing to the mountains of discarded textiles? In Canada, over 12 million tons of textiles make their way to landfills; in the US it is said to be over 21 billion! Globally, 80% of discarded textiles are dumped in landfills; only 20% are reused. Add to that the environmental effects of manufacturing and transportation of goods, and I was tempted to start walking around buck-naked! But of course, that’s neither practical nor prudent.
So how did I come to terms with offering my own line of Wearable Art Fashions? I did some research.