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A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

by Alison Gwilt

Alison Gwilt is a Reader in Fashion Design at the Art and Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is also co-author of Shaping sustainable fashion: Changing the way we make and use clothes (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fairchild Books, 2014
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474218559
  • ISBN:
    978-2-9404-4764-0 (epdf)

    978-2-9404-9614-3 (paperback)

    978-1-4742-1855-9 (online)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2018
A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion
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Packed with full-colour images from contributors such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Edun and People Tree, A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion is a much-needed handbook for both students and professionals in the fashion and textile industries.

Beginning with a reflection on current models of fashion design and production, this book introduces the key issues associated with the production, use and disposal of fashion clothing and gives step-by-step guidance on how to identify and evaluate the potential impacts of a garment during the design process.

Featuring industry perspectives and studio-based exercises, the final five chapters of the book explore a range of ways in which designers can reduce the negative impacts associated with the life cycle of fashion garments. Packed with innovative examples of best practice from international designers and brands, these chapters present each key stage in the life cycle of a fashion garment and explore approaches such as low-impact textiles techniques, mono-materiality, zero waste techniques, upcycling, repair and maintenance techniques and closed-loop design systems.