Fixing Fashion to Save the Planet

December 02, 2016

Fashion is the second largest industrial polluter on the planet. The University of Cambridge’s Centre for Study of Existential Risk (CSER) investigates threats to humanity posed by technology and human activity. At the top of their list, climate change firmly rests as the greatest self...

The Pioneering Fashions of Lady Duff Gordon

In this guest edition of The Interview, James Blake Wiener talks to author Randy Bryan Bigham. In the late 19th and early 20th century, one woman broke multiple social barriers to become the leading designer of haute couture: Lucy Duff Gordon (1863-1935). While her name is virtually unknown...

The Rise of “Islamic Chic” and Hijab Haute Couture

July 16, 2015

As Islamic fashion is becoming a global industry, plenty is happening on the couture front. The characteristic scent of Arabic perfumed oils linger around the entrance of Selfridges, a high-end Central London department store, where abaya-clad women from the Arabian Peninsula can often be seen...

Developing Nations Dependent on Sweatshop Wages

June 23, 2015

Is it ethical to buy clothes produced in a sweatshop? They’ve become political hot potatoes, often making tragic headlines. They are a symbol of what campaigners say is wrong with capitalism and the multibillion-dollar clothing industry. Mass-production textile factories in developing nations...

Myanmar is the Latest Destination for Fast Fashion Producers

May 29, 2015

As Myanmar opens up after decades of isolation, cheap labor is drawing a rush of garment manufacturers to the former pariah state.  Just five years ago, Myanmar was isolated from the rest of the world. Considered a pariah state, the...