To many, the term “sustainable fashion designer” is an oxymoron. Considering our current climate and ecological crisis and the fact that the fashion industry is responsible for a significant (if hard to quantify) negative impact on the environment, it seems we should be urgently halting any new production.
But such black-and-white dicta don’t leave room for a new generation of emerging designers to carve a place for themselves in the economically significant sphere that is apparel. Last week during the United Fashion presentation (an exchange project carried out by a cluster of seven European fashion support associations) at ModaLisboa Fashion Week, those designers in the “green capital” battled with this internal conflict.
“I’m uneasy about what I do,” knitwear designer Archie Dickens told Fashionista. “As a designer, I find it hard to understand how