Style Surfing

Human beings have always used their appearance as personal advertising – a calling card signaling who we are and where we are at. As our world grows ever more complex and fragmented, the importance of appearance grows ever greater: our visible differences and similarities facilitating interaction and relationships. Extracts from the book Style Surfing © … Continue reading

Vivienne Westwood’s Ethical Fashion Africa collection

‘s Ethical Fashion Africa collection After the success of the first capsule collection, Ethical Fashion Africa Project, Vivienne Westwood renews her commitment with a new and larger collection of handbags and accessories also dedicated to men. The new models for him and for her were realized using recycled materials- electric cables, discarded aluminum and plastic bags, otherwise destined to … Continue reading

Lethbridge College has revamped its fashion design program to include an emphasis on sustainable mass production.

 (Originally posted in Lethbridge Herald) BY CAROLINE ZENTNER czentner@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge College has revamped its fashion design program to include an emphasis on sustainable mass production. The new program, Fashion Design and Sustainable Production, replaces the former Fashion Design and Marketing certificate program. Last April, amid funding cuts from the provincial government, the college shut down both … Continue reading

South African govt approves R200mn for textile cluster

Originally posted in Fibre2Fashion The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Government of South Africa, has approved a R200 million (approx. US$ 19 million) Grant Fund and a 5-Year Plan for the establishment of a Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (SASTAC), according to a DTI press release. The National Cluster would help the … Continue reading

  • Fashion is increasingly a visual part of our global reality. the studioArena explores moving fashion beyond the development of European mercantile capitalism, commodity fetishism, and the politics of production (the way fashion emphasizes consumption at the expense of production.
  • Fashion has always played a leading role in constructing images and meanings during periods of rapid social, economic and technological change. It can act out instability or loss, or it can stake out the territory of new social and sexual identities.