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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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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 always been entwined. Yet, in spite of this reverence for the natural world, fashion also seems destined to harm it. Spanning the 17th century to the present, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on nature for materials and the devastating impact of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, and exotic feathers.

Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have taken things to a new level and this book discusses the need for a more conscious fashion cycle. But which has greater environmental impact--a leather handbag or a white cotton T-shirt? Considering the effects of land clearance, insecticides, and water consumption--not to mention washing in hot water after every wear--the answer may not be as clear 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.