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Fashioned from nature / edited by Edwina Ehrman.

Contributor(s): Ehrman, Edwina [editor.] | Victoria and Albert Museum [issuing body,, host institution.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : V&A Publishing, 2018Description: 192 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps (some colour) ; 32 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781851779451; 1851779450.Subject(s): Fashion -- History -- Exhibitions | Nature (Aesthetics) -- Exhibitions | Fashion -- Environmental aspects | Textile industry -- Environmental aspects | Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs.DDC classification: 391 Summary: Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature - from sumptuous silks and floral patterns, to the spectacular creations of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior, the two have long been entwined. Yet this reverence is sometimes combined with a damaging need for raw materials. From the seventeenth century to the present day, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on the natural world and the devastating effect of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, skins and exotic feathers. Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have a different impact on the world around us, and this book discusses the need for a more responsible fashion cycle. But which has the greater environmental impact - a leather handbag or a white cotton t-shirt? Consider the effects of land clearance, insecticides and water consumption - not to mention washing after every wear - and the answer may not be completely clear. Fascinating and beautifully illustrated, this book will stimulate an important and timely debate-- Provided by publisher.
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Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature - from sumptuous silks and floral patterns, to the spectacular creations of designers such as Stella McCartney and Christopher Raeburn, it is a centuries-old seam running through the clothes we all wear.
In spite of this reverence for the natural world, fashion seems destined to harm it. With essays spanning the 17th century to the present day, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on the natural world. The impact of certain trends has been felt for centuries, with sometimes devastating effect as seen in the demand for ivory and exotic feathers. Past generations were not immune to fads the sudden ubiquity of reptile skin accessories in the 1920s had obvious knock-on effects. That said, the current era of intense consumerism and fast fashion has taken things to a new level and this book discusses the need to develop a more responsible fashion cycle in which both producers and consumers have a stake.

Which has greater environmental impact in the world today a leather handbag, or a white cotton t-shirt' Considering the effects of land clearance, insecticides and water consumption not to mention washing after every wear at 140F and the answer may not be as clear cut as it first appears. No fashion choice will ever be without impact, but this book will stimulate debate and empower readers to question their role as consumers.

Published to accompany the exhibition Fashioned from Nature at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London from 21 April 2018 to 27 January 2019.

New photography by Robert Auton, V&A Photographic Studio.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-187) and index.

Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature - from sumptuous silks and floral patterns, to the spectacular creations of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior, the two have long been entwined. Yet this reverence is sometimes combined with a damaging need for raw materials. From the seventeenth century to the present day, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on the natural world and the devastating effect of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, skins and exotic feathers. Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have a different impact on the world around us, and this book discusses the need for a more responsible fashion cycle. But which has the greater environmental impact - a leather handbag or a white cotton t-shirt? Consider the effects of land clearance, insecticides and water consumption - not to mention washing after every wear - and the answer may not be completely clear. Fascinating and beautifully illustrated, this book will stimulate an important and timely debate-- Provided by publisher.