“We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. — E. O. Wilson

“We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. — E. O. Wilson

Back at it!

Better late than never? Well maybe… Ok back to the blog and lots have happened since the last entry. Over the past few weeks I have met some very inspiring people within the industry, whether designers, or key people to make change. All of these experiences have helped towards the growth of the research- Uniting Biodiversity and Haute Couture.

Today I was reading up on the Green Fashion Competition Manual on biodiversity and fashion. What an extraordinary piece of work! The manual covers the basics of biodiversity and really puts it into perspective for the fashion industry, from this I have just discovered the very talented designer Elsien Gringhuis. Her design principal is completely based on sustainability. Form, function, material and finishing all contribute to a maximum performance fashion product; wearable, functional and contemporary designs with a long life span due to their quality. The choice of materials consists of hand dyed silks, bamboo, wool and cotton, all with a certified eco and/or fair trade label. I am looking to interview her for the book and get her perspective!

If you haven’t seen her collection you can check it out on,

"Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean." -Satoro

"Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean." -Satoro

Quality over quantity would solve this mess! Can couture save the world of cheap and fast consumption? I don’t think if you had a custom made dress- even if it was from the 80’s with horrible shoulder pads that it would be in that pile.  

Venus of the Rags, Michelangelo Pistoletto
Tate Modern

Quality over quantity would solve this mess! Can couture save the world of cheap and fast consumption? I don’t think if you had a custom made dress- even if it was from the 80’s with horrible shoulder pads that it would be in that pile.

Venus of the Rags, Michelangelo Pistoletto
Tate Modern

Next book on my reading list. Is fashion wearing out the world?

Next book on my reading list. Is fashion wearing out the world?

A guide to shopping? Who thought that after 10+ years of shopping and going to college for fashion that I would need a guide for buying clothes? Well here goes. Peta has a shopping guide for compassionate clothing on their website- take it or leave it, but any small change can make a difference. It will make me think twice before throwing something in the bag!

I am especially excited to try alternatives fabrics such as nylon, polyester, rayon, Tencel, milkweed seed-pod fibers, and even silk-cotton and ceiba tree filaments- not to mention they can be less expensive than the traditional animal/natural fibers.

Could these new pioneers in textiles ever make it into the fabric closet in the haute couture houses? We never thought a see-through dress would walk down the runway in couture until Yves Saint Laurent pushed the boundary, breaking almost every rule in the book. Talking of colours rather than shades, creating clashes of reds, blues and greens; transforming haute couture into the oriental universe of bazaars and souks spiced with visions.

Future Fédération Fix?

While researching the many beautiful aspects of couture, today I had a realization that it has such success and seamless achievement due to the governing body behind the labels. I would like to introduce to you the true man behind the curtain, the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode (French Federation of Fashion and of Ready-to-Wear of Couturiers and Fashion Designers). It is the French fashion industry governing clothing. The Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode was founded in 1973, but started off as the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, which dates back to 1868. The Fédération’s headquarters is located at 100 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Paris 8e, and is the executive body for each of the specific industry associations.

A unique quality of the The Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode is the diversity. The membership ranges from countries including Japan, Italy, Belgium, etc. This mix reflects the growing globalization of fashion. Among the three trade associations, there are about 100 corporate members which are brands internationally known and have strong export sales. The diversity of cultures and vast number of members provides an opportunity for a common law and understanding of biodiversity to exist.

The variety of cultures, materials and understanding is a perfect ground to discuss and implement the success and safety of biodiversity- to keep what is important at the forefront of design. Where would designers be without nature and what nature supplies us with everyday? Yes you can make a dress from synthetic materials, but how often is that seen down the runway?

Respect the design, the idea and the source.

“From birds to worms to marine mammals, from high mountain ranges to jungles and to the oceans, scientists seem to have been right that climate change is a real threat,” Dr Wilson said. “We need to act now. This means cutting carbon emissions and protecting species from the other threats they face, such as habitat loss and pollution.”

Why Buy New? Found these lovely brown brogues at a charity shop in Islington this weekend. I’m so excited because I only paid £20 and found out online they’re worth over £240! They are great quality, all leather and now have found a new, loving home. Cha-Ching!

Why Buy New? Found these lovely brown brogues at a charity shop in Islington this weekend. I’m so excited because I only paid £20 and found out online they’re worth over £240! They are great quality, all leather and now have found a new, loving home. Cha-Ching!