More quotes about eco-fashion, sustainable clothing, and ethical clothing … along with a few fashion quotes from some of the fashion icons that have shaped the world of fashion. Eco-fashion has merged into mainstream thinking. The upcoming “green” issues of Elle and Vogue bless eco-fashion and sustainable clothing as a bonafide fashion trend … at least for the moment. Eco-fashion represents the merging of style with environmentally sensitive fabrics, manufacturing and production processes, and ethical concerns.
“We aim to give eco glamour legs, a fabulous look and a slammin’ attitude that stops traffic and shouts the message: eco can be edgy, loud, fun, playful, feminine (or not) and hyper-cool.”
Speaking on how people react to her eco haute couture collections:
“First it’s the clothes; then it’s ‘Why does this feel so good?’ And then they notice the hangtag. Our company motto is to smash old ideas of what you thought ‘eco’ was.”
Speaking on her move to sustainable and eco-friendly fashions:
“I have so much more serenity now, knowing I am trying to make a difference.”
Eco fashion and haute couture designer Linda Loudermilk on her upscale line which she has dubbed “Luxury Eco”. Linda Loudermilk uses fabrics made from bamboo jersey, soybeans, recycled soda bottles and wood pulp.
“It’s definitely something we’re going to continue toying with. People often perceive the fashion world as superficial, so it’s great to work with materials that are actually good for the environment. I had my doubts, but when we actually saw the fabric swatches we were blown away. They were gorgeous, and it wasn't hard to design with them.”
Heatherette designer Richie Rich. Richie Rich (a former Ice Capades skater) and Traver Rains (a former rodeo rider from Montana – “Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys”) created Heatherette - a campy punk trash and flash fashion line that is currently hot with all the trash and flash chic celebs such as hip hopper Foxy Brown, Lil’ Kim, Gwen Stefani, Shirley Manson, Paris Hilton, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, and Britney Spears.
During Fashion Week 2005 in New York City, Earth Pledge teamed up with clothing retailer Barneys to sponsor FutureFashion, a special runway event intended to educate and demonstrate to the fashion world that there are sustainable fashion alternatives to the increasingly unsustainable and unhealthy chemical nanotechnology fabrics being used in conventionally produced fashions and apparel lines. For FutureFashion, 28 leading fashion designers were given the opportunity to create fashion using renewable, reusable, sustainable and eco-friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, organic wool, soy and corn fibers, eco-friendly biopolymers, and natural and low-impact dyes. They demonstrated that sustainable fashions can be as sublime … or as silly ... as fashion using unsustainable fabrics.
Remy Chevalier speaking of a Victoria’s Secrets fashion gala in NYC about the suppression of fashion models that had environmental concerns by designers and modeling agencies in the 1980’s and 1990’s:
“It’s not easy being ‘green’ when you are dressed in feathers and treated like a toy.”
Remy Chevalier, Founder of Lü - a green fashion magazine and long time crusader for green projects and initiatives
“The origins of clothing are not practical. They are mystical and erotic. The primitive man in the wolf-pelt was not keeping dry; he was saying: "Look what I killed. Aren't I the best?"”
Katharine Hamnet, leading British eco-fashion designer and manufacturer for the Katharine E Hamnet line, with the “E” for environmental and ethical. Katharine Hamnet’s web site has published an excellent article “Clean Up or Die” summarizing the environment impact of the clothing, shoe and textile industry and what consumers can do to force environmental and ethical improvements.
“Fashion is not something that exists only in dresses. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Coco Chanel, a dominant force in shaping women’s fashions and even how women thought about themselves in a social context. Often taking everyday, common fabrics and styles usually associated with men such as suits and jersey cloth, Coco Chanel created feminine styles that were elegant and sophisticated yet in touch with the consciousness of the average working women.
“If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?”
Linda Ellerbee, journalist, television producer, author, mother, grandmother and cancer survivor. Linda Ellerbee has an exceptional gift for being able to communicate directly to young children with respect, insight, and intelligence.
“I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.”
Euripides, who lived from 480 – 406 BC and mostly wore a sheet.
often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the
most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty,
sex appeal, simplicity -- all I hope for in my clothes.”
“Fashions fade, but style is eternal.”
“It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion.”
Yves Saint-Laurent, considered by many in the fashion world to be the greatest fashion designer of the last century and the inventor of modern fashion. Yves Saint-Laurent is credited with changing the way women dressed by combining elegance and sophistication with a more wearable and practical style. He introduced styles such as pant suits and “smoking jackets” for ladies that tended to blur gender style stereotypes. In the early 1970’s, Yves Saint-Laurent posed nude for ads for YSL perfume and jeans to force the question of why it was more acceptable for women to pose nude in ads than men. Yves Saint-Laurent is also credited with creating a new business model for fashion.
how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes?
Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.”
“Fashion is more powerful than any tyrant.”
“Fashion is not about being outlandish, it is about being you – yourself. Anything that you are comfortable in is fashion.”
Priyanka Chopra, winner of the Femina India – World 2000 title and the Miss World 2000 pagent. Hemant Trevedi designed many of her gowns.
Hemant Trevedi speaking upon fashion and the role of the designer:
“You don't need an idiotic designer telling you what to wear. We are just helping hands. We are there to guide you. Ultimately, you are the one buying the outfit, you are the one wearing it. Not me."
Speaking about cruelty-free and ethical fashions and his
support for PeTA:
“I’m now using cruelty-free synthetic materials instead of leather. No one has the right to use a fashion show as a public platform to air one’s grievances or to justify the so-called ‘progress’ of the Indian leather industry, especially when there is a cause that is so much greater and needs to be brought to the notice of the public.”
“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol 1928 - 1987
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