Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion
Edited by Kate Fletcher, Mathilda Tham
Routledge – 2015 – 400 pages
The clothing industry employs 26 million people globally contributing to many livelihoods and the prosperity of communities, to women’s independence, and the establishment of significant infrastructures in poorer countries. Yet the fashion industry is also a significant contributor to the degradation of natural systems, with the associated environmental footprint of clothing high in comparison with other products.
This comprehensive Handbook recognizes the complexity of aligning fashion with sustainability. It explores fashion and sustainability at the levels of products, processes, and services and takes a truly multi-disciplinary approach to critically question issues of:
• Fashion in a post-growth society
• Fashion, diversity and equity
• Fashion, fluidity and balance across natural, social and economic systems
The first part covers economic, political, socio-cultural, and material systems. The second part is informed by multiple and plural perspectives ranging from business and branding to the role of media in fashion and communicating sustainability; from consumption to feminism; from ethics to technology. The third part looks at ways to move from fashion as a ‘problem’ to fashion as a ‘resource’ through multiple prisms, such as activism, community, power, and new materialism.
The Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion is a unique resource for a wide range of scholars and students in the social sciences, arts and humanities interested in sustainability and fashion.
1. Introduction Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham 2. History Sasha Wallinger Part 1: Setting the Scene 3. Natural systems John Ehrenfeld 4. Economic Systems 5. Political Systems John Thackara 6. Socio-Cultural Systems Joanne Entwistle 7. Material Systems Ann Thorpe Part 2: Multiple Perspectives – Experimenting with Ideas 8. Fashion as Industry 9. Business and Branding Simonetta Carbonaro and D. Goldsmith 10. Media/Communication/Social Media Diana Viede Nieto and Else Skjold 11. Fashion Design Dilys Williams 12. Design for Sustainability Jonathan Chapman 13. Fashion Education Mary Hanlon 14. New Technology and Computing Philip Delamore 15. Science and Technology Richard Blackburn 16. Wardrobe Ethnography Ingun Grimstad Klepp 17. Sociology/Anthropology Sophie Woodward 18. Human Geography Joe Smith 19. Workers Roles and Rights Liz Parker and Doug Miller 20. Feminism Angela McRobbie 21. Spirituality and Ethics Sue Thomas 22. Consumption Kate Fletcher Part 3: Multiple Approaches – Experimenting in Practice 23. Activism Jonnet Middleton 24. Engagement Otto von Busch 25. Speed Carolyn Strauss 26. Scale Lynda Grose 27. Community Lizzie Harrison 28. Power Amy Twigger Holroyd 29. New Materialism Timo Rissanen 30. Forecasting/Future Studies Mathilda Tham 40. Conclusion Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham
Dr Kate Fletcher is Reader in Sustainable Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UK. She is author of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles:
Design Journeys (Earthscan: 2008).
Dr Mathilda Tham is a Visiting Professor of Fashion at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm, Lecturer and Researcher in Sustainability at Goldsmiths University of London. She is a member of the board of Mistra, the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden.