“I love fashion. I’ve never said it was the end of fashion. I said that it is the end of the fashion system as we know it today and an opening towards all possible areas of reinvention.”
— Lidewij Edelkoort.
As pretty much everyone acknowledges, France is the world's leader in what's cutting-edge in fashion. Whatever Parisian girls are wearing today, in five years the rest of the world will be wearing, too. That's common knowledge. What was more surprising for me to discover is that France is also the leader in anti-fashion.
Antifashion is a new movement in the fashion world, because the old system is no longer working. Antifashion, or slow fashion, doesn't mean people against fashion. Not at all! The opposite is true! You can be involved in antifashion and still love fashion. Rather, it's a movement reimagining concepts and practices surrounding fashion. Instead of a mindless pursuit of labels and status and consumerism, antifashion is about loving fashion to bits but with a more life-enhancing and sustaining approach to fashion--not only for the sake of the planet, animals, and the workers in the textile and manufacturing side of it, but also for the sake of the consumer, who might have lost a sense of wonder, having replaced "marveling at the world" in Stéphanie Calvino's words on Chiffon, a fashion podcast, "with television" and with endless shopping.
In a more concrete sense, instead of ten, cheap shirts, antifashion asks us to consider buying three well-made ones. And by well-made, antifashion asks us to consider how the shirts were produced and made.
More information about antifashion can be found at www.anti-fashion-project.com
If you're exceptionally busy like me, a mother of two toddlers and three rescue animals, then consider shopping secondhand. You can still purchase higher quality items with zero impact on the planet, and, just as life-enhancing as anything else, you'll easily save a lot of money as well.
My neverfull Louis Vuitton tote is secondhand from Tradesy. Because it was monogrammed "GXY" it was even cheaper! I call it my "GalaXY" bag, because it's as big as one. My jacket is Vince, size 2, and will be up for sale in my new shop as I can't close it over my new mom boobs and probably won't ever wear it again for that reason. Follow my ongoing minimalism & upcycling project @IsabellaDavidVintage on Instagram. My faux-leather jeans are Current-Elliot from Housing Works in NYC. My boots are made by Swedish Hasbeens, a sustainable fashion company that uses vegetable dyes to process its leather and pays its workers a living wage.
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