Books

This is a good guide by Marieke Eyskoot

by MARIEKE EYSKOOT, 2018

The book for those who want to live more sustainably, but don’t know how to. And don’t want to spend too much time, money and effort into it.

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by CHRISTIAN DIOR & ANTONIA FRASER, 2018

Christian Dior rocketed to fame with his first collection in 1947 when the “New Look” took the world by storm. This charming and modest autobiography gives a fascinating and detailed insight into the workings of a great fashion house, while revealing the private man behind the high-profile establishment.

Slave to Fashion by Safia Minney

by SAFIA MINNEY, 2017

Through interviews with men, women and children caught in the clutches of fast fashion, Slave to Fashion both celebrates the many initiatives that are taking place in order to put an end to human hardship and reveals what more needs to be done.

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by JUSTINE PICARDIE, 2017

Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements. She examines Chanel’s enduring afterlife, as well as her remarkable life, uncovering the consequences of what she covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and legend, yet keeping intact the real fabric of her past.

Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press

by CLARE PRESS, 2016

In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw.

Slow fashion by Safia Minney

by SAFIA MINNEY, 2016

This book features pioneering people and projects that will inspire you to be part of the change. With full colour photography, Slow Fashion profiles the people bringing the alternative to the mainstream: Fair Trade producers, designers, eco-concept stores across the world and campaigns that are fashioning a new economy.

Clothing Poverty by Andrew Brooks

by ANDREW BROOKS, 2015

Have you ever stopped and wondered where your jeans came from? Who made them and where? Ever wondered where they end up after you donate them for recycling? Following a pair of jeans, Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around-the-world tour to reveal how clothes are manufactured and retailed, bringing to light how fast fashion and clothing recycling are interconnected.

Stitched Up

by TANSY E. HOSKINS, 2014

Beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned designs, Stitched Up delves into the alluring world of fashion to reveal what is behind the clothes we wear. Moving between Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Marx, the book explores consumerism, class and advertising to reveal the interests which benefit from exploitation. Why does ‘size zero’ exist and what is the reality of working life for models? In a critique of the portrayal of race in fashion, the book also examines the global balance of power in the industry.

Overdressed bu Elizabeth L. Cline

by ELIZABETH L. CLINE, 2013

Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenny now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. And we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more.

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by SIMON DOONAN, 2013

After nearly a lifetime spent in the Industry, author and fashion insider Simon Doonan is ready to let you in on a little secret: his peers in this multibillion-dollar industry are just as nutty as the denizens of your local loony bin. In The Asylum, an unabashedly hilarious collection of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barneys New York, tells the real-life stories of glamorous madness and stylish insanity.

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by LINDY WOODHEAD, 2012

In 1909, the largest department store in London’s West End, designed and built from scratch, opened in Oxford Street in a glorious burst of publicity. The mastermind behind the façade was American retail genius Harry Gordon Selfridge: maverick businessman, risk-taker, dandy and one of the greatest showmen the retail world has ever known. Mr Selfridge reveals the captivating story of the rise and fall of the man who revolutionised the way we shop.

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by JANE MULVAGH, 2011

For three decades, Vivienne Westwood has been Britain’s most consistently original, outrageous, eccentric and controversial designer. In that time she has evolved from an iconoclastic outsider to an internationally revered figure, with two British Designer of the Year awards, an OBE, her own successful fashion label and an unrivalled reputation for leading where other designers follow.

Naked Fashion by Safia Minney

by SAFIA MINNEY, 2011

A guide to a more ethical, diverse and creative approach to the fabulous world of style and fashion, which has a history of exploitation on many levels. Presented as a highly visual title, this book includes stunning photography, interviews with key players who are revolutionalising fashion and examples of how people are doing things differently to create a more ethical fashion world.

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by ELLEN RUPPEL SHELL, 2010

From the shuttered factories of the Rust Belt to the strip malls of the Sun Belt-and almost everywhere in between-America has been transformed by its relentless fixation on low price. This pervasive yet little- examined obsession with bargains is arguably the most powerful and devastating market force of our time, having fueled an excess of consumerism that blights our land­scapes, escalates personal debt, lowers our standard of living, and even skews of our concept of time.

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by MICHAEL TONELLO, 2009

For more than twenty years, the Hermès Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. With a fabled waiting list of more than two years to purchase one, the average fashionista has a better chance of climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than of possessing this coveted carryall. Unless, of course, she happens to know Michael Tonello. . . .

With down-to-earth wit, Michael Tonello chronicles the unusual ventures that took him to nearly every continent—and from eBay to Paris auction houses and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs alike—on the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur and Robin Hood to thousands of desperate rich women.

To Die For by Lucy Siegle

by LUCY SIEGLE, 2008

An expose on the fashion industry written by the Observer’s ‘Ethical Living’ columnist, examining the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear. Coming at a time when the global financial crisis and contracting of consumer spending is ushering in a new epoch for the fashion industry, To Die For offers a very plausible vision of how green could really be the new black.

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by DANA THOMAS, 2008

Fashion may be fabulous, but what’s the true price of luxury? From the importance of fashion owners to red carpet stars and the seasonal ‘must-have’ handbags, Dana Thomas shows how far illustrious houses have moved from their roots. Thomas witnesses how these ‘luxury’ handbags are no longer one in a million, discovers why luxury brand clothing doesn’t last as long and finds out just who is making your perfume.

From terrifying raids on the Chinese sweatshops to the daunting chic of Paris workshops, from the handcrafting and economics of early-twentieth-century designers to the violent truth behind the ‘harmless’ fakes, Deluxe goes deep into the world of extravagance, and asks: where can true luxury go now?

By Hand by Safia Minney

by SAFIA MINNEY, 2008

In this book, Safia Minney, People Tree’s founder, sets out the case for organically grown, handwoven cotton and Fair Trade fashion, through conversations with farming cooperatives, slum-based activists, garment workers and jewellery makers in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She chronicles how she has inspired top designers and models and worked with industry giants like Topshop and asos.com to rethink what is possible in fashion today.

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by RACHEL CARSON, 2002

Silent Spring inspired the modern environmental movement, which began in earnest a decade later. It is recognized as the environmental text that “changed the world.” Rachel Carson aimed at igniting a democratic activist movement that would not only question the direction of science and technology but would also demand answers and accountability. Rachel Carson was a prophetic voice and her “witness for nature” is even more relevant and needed if our planet is to survive into a 22nd century.

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