V&A: Fashioned from Nature – Edwina Ehrman & Emma Watson
Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature—from sumptuous silks and floral patterns to the spectacular creations of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior—the two have always been entwined. Yet, in spite of this reverence for the natural world, fashion also seems destined to harm it. Spanning the 17th century to the present, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on nature for materials and the devastating impact of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, and exotic feathers.
Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have taken things to a new level and this book discusses the need for a more conscious fashion cycle. But which has greater environmental impact—a leather handbag or a white cotton T-shirt? Considering the effects of land clearance, insecticides, and water consumption—not to mention washing in hot water after every wear—the answer may not be as clear as it first appears. No fashion choice will ever be without impact, but this book will stimulate debate and empower readers to question their role as consumers.