November Links

How is it possible that November is over already?  I honestly have no idea where the month went.  Here’s a few things you may have missed during on the Thanksgiving prep and generally pre-holiday season mayhem:

If you missed the announcement earlier this month, the Met Gala theme for 2020 is “time.”  As always, I’m looking forward to seeing who manages to nail the theme and who very much does not next May.

There has been a lot of buzz about the Dior exhibit at the V&A, but my favorite coverage so far is this article from The Cutting Class on the toile room.

If my recent review of Fashionopolis left you wanting more, the podcast Dressed put out a great interview with the author Dana Thomas.

This BoF op-ed brings up some good points about growing clothing clothing rental industry.  While the practice has been lauded as being environmentally friendly, those claims are still largely unproven.  I also think the author makes some good points about how the way we value something changes when it is our vs when its rented.  However, I do think the author overlooks the value of rental for items that we don’t wear frequently (formal wear) or we only need during transitional periods (like maternity wear).

Having recently gotten into knitting, I am all about this article on Craft Industry Alliance about Tinkknit, a new website to allow knitters to sell their no longer wanted stashes of yarn.  It looks like they’re also working on allowing sewers to de-stash as well!

The New York Times had a nice piece on the emerging trend of women gravitating towards higher quality, classic clothing.  I’m not getting too excited yet, but I would be very happy if this attitude was starting to spread.

Whenever I’ve taught fashion at the college level I’ve always felt a little conflicted.  I love the making and designing clothing, but I have real misgivings about the way the industry works.  However, what if we could create a new generation of designers committed to sustainability by showing them the landfills where discarded fashion ends up?

Related:  I am shedding exactly no tears for this H&M CEO who’s worried that more eco aware shoppers could be bad for the fast fashion industry.