Friday 5: Five Stories That Changed The Way We Think About Fashion

Every week we put together our Friday 5 -five stories that compel us to read the lead sentence to the last sentence of an article. Here are our top 5 this week.

How Valuable Is Trend Forecasting In The Post-internet Age?

Not just a Label writes: “It is romantic to think that beautiful garments are spun from the creative imagination of the designer but in reality this is often far from the case. In an era of recession, commercial viability remains an unavoidable necessity for most designers. Trend forecasting agencies have become like secret weapons to many big brands but how valuable are they to emerging designers? What role does trend forecasting play in a post-internet age?”

Read the full article here.

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Iris van Herpen, who, with her runway designs, challenges common fashion norms and beliefs.

Can technology help fashion clean up its act?

Suzanne Mancini, Senior Critic at RISD Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design writes on The Conversation:

“Chemical waste, mass production and consumerism are all byproducts of an industrialized global economy.

The fashion industry is no different. Technology has helped the industry meet growing demand by making production more efficient. But vast overproduction – propelled by fast fashion’s demands for new styles – has led to a host of additional problems: increased chemical waste during production, along with thousands of tons of waste from worn, discarded or donated clothes…Fashion designers, however, are now utilizing technology to create new, environmentally conscious clothing. Though generally relegated to the catwalk, these designs offer a glimpse of the future – and a critique of an industry that will soon be forced to address some of the problems created by mass production.”

Read the full article here.


Fashion calendar revolution: ‘A bit of hype and a bit of wait-and-see’

Glossy writes: “A giant question mark looms above the fashion calendar.

Fashion designers and labels are increasingly unpicking the seams of tradition and are choosing when, where, and how they show collections to best suit their business needs,  as opposed to being confined within the traditional fashion calendar. The idea of seasons, and whether there’s a need for separate men’s and women’s shows are being questioned and challenged while see-now-buy-now models are explored and adopted. Designer burnout has emerged as an issue and so has the question of whether the production process can withstand the changes and be squeezed into a shorter time frame…”

Read the full article here.


Burkina Faso abandons GM cotton

DW writes on how Burkina Faso is phasing out genetically modified cotton. It says it produces a poor quality crop which fetches low prices. This hasn’t stop other African states from using genetic technology, or trying it out.

“Burkina Faso’s “white gold” was famous. For years, the cotton grown in the West African country was regarded as the best on the continent until the harvests were destroyed by pests and drought in the 1990s, ruining the livelihoods of thousands of cotton farmers. The US agricultural seed manufacturer Monsanto promised Burkina Faso a remedy: genetically modified cotton seeds that would be resistant to a changing climate, simplify pest protection and produce bumper yields. Burkina Faso’s government signed a deal with Monsanto in 2003 and six years later genetically modified seeds were distributed to cotton farmers. Soon 70 percent of cotton fields were sown with genetically modified seed.

Recently, there has been a change in policy…”

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How To Talk To Your Teen About Ethical Fashion

The Note Passer’s Elizabeth Stillwell writes: “As a teacher, I know students appreciate honesty, even around difficult discussions. Without the truth, it’s impossible to change. Having been through the information myself, I know that changing something as behemothic as the fashion industry can feel hopeless, but knowing you have power over some of the changes helps tremendously. Hope can be found in the advancements of technology and awareness forcing positive changes everyday.

Use the information and resources below to help you talk to teens about fast fashion, ethical fashion, and how it all relates to them.”

Read the full article here.

Image: NJAL, Iris Van Herpen, Geralt, Mariaa,