Saturday, June 16, 2018
Sustainable editor at large for VOGUE Australia and ethical fashion activist.
It's not easy being green was a phrase I first heard in relation to Kermit the Frog, but it also applies to myself and countless others who are putting forth effort for a sustainable lifestyle. My focus on fashion is 2 fold.
1) I am passionate about fashion and personal style as a form of expression, language and art form.
2) The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, behind fossil fuels. FACT!
In our fast paced, disposable culture I don't know how much the average person stops to think about their environmental impact as they get dressed in the morning and/or shop for clothes.
Think about the message above today and every day!
This is not about complete anti-consumption but looking at what you have, re-style what you own, be mindful of what you consume and who you consume it from. Look at a supply chain and see if your ethics are in line with how the garments are produced. Also consider the environmental impact of your fashion choices knowing that the fashion industry is the SECOND most polluting industry in the world, behind fossil fuels who is the obvious first.
How can you make a change?
1) Shop and Wear Vintage
2) Shop Contemporary Second Hand (Thrift)
3) Re-Style what you have in your closet (get things tailored, remove sleeves, etc.) and make them "new" to you. Wear what is hanging in your closet with tags still on it.
4) Shop from ethical brands who are environmentally friendly (using sustainable materials) and who have ethical production (fair wages, good working conditions, don't use child labor, etc).
This is a great start to Sustainable Style and moving away from a throw away culture mindset.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Moire Bubble Dress - 80's Christian Lacroix
The bubble skirt or dress is something many of us associate with the 1980's. The dress was seen over and over in mini and midi lengths as well as skirts of the decade.
The bubble dress, however originated in the late 1950's. This was a popular silhouette in 1957/58.
Many designers in the 1980's drew inspiration from the 1950's with many shapes and details of the time.
It was interesting to compare 2 sewing patters from exactly 30 years apart. The 80's lost their straps but the bubbles were still as beautiful as the 1950's.
As I always say, Fashions past is always present! The bubble is BACK for Spring 2018!
Mary Katrantzou 2018
Which decade do you prefer?
Monday, June 11, 2018
Back in 2014 I met dress collector Paul Brockman in his Gardena warehouse that at the time held approximately 22,000 of his reported 55,000 dress collection. Red my blog HERE from my initial visit. With the passage of time I always wondered what ever happened to Paul and his collection. I reached out to him and his daughter in March of 2017 to check the status of the collection and see if I could help.
I visited with a proposal to help liquidate the dresses and approach this mammoth project in a new way.
Fast forward to last weekend. Myself, Paul's daughter Louise and 2 hired guys moved 495 bags of vintage dresses into a sorting facility. This is the contents of container 1 of 4!! We cannot liquidate what we don't know is there so we are sorting by era/color for now. Everything is for sale!
6am - 495 Bags
Time lapse of unpacking the second truck ..
Of course we unearthed some amazing treasures.
Shop a curated selection from the collection via Evolution Vintage with more to come daily.
Let the DRESScue mission begin ....
Are you a dealer who wants to shop in bulk? or a vintage fan ready to fill bags to the brim for a great price? email me for an appointment.