Fashion, design & sustainability // teacher / researcher / designer

Women as armchairs

Lately I’ve been reading William Morris’ views on the fashions of Victorian women. He loathed the garish colours of the new synthetic dyes, and described the women of his time as “upholstered like arm-chairs” in their yards of petticoats and padding. (1) Jane Morris and other women of the Pre-Raphaelite artistic circle dressed counter to the …

Fast fashion in geological time

Much of what we call fast fashion took eons to reach us.  Let’s say you buy a new frock. It’s made from polyester, a plastic derived from petroleum. That petroleum is a hydrocarbon, formed from minerals and marine animals, chemically-transformed over millions of years. (1) Most petroleum deposits are found in rocks from the Mesozoic …