Sri Lanka Design Festival: Quote/unquote - Part II
Some more thoughts from Sri Lanka's first Ethical Fashion Symposium, organised as part of the inaugural Sri Lanka Design Festival.
"No-body knows how the green economy will work. I don't, you don't and god bless him even Stuart Rose doesn't," John Thackara, leading voice in sustainable fashion.
"There's a mass of confusion over what is ethical and what isn't ethical. And with that in mind terminology is a huge issue. If you go out to the general public and say 'ethical fashion,' you'll find the majority don't have a clue what you're talking about, even today. We need to raise consumer awareness," Elizabeth Lasker, founder and director of the Ethical Fashion Forum.
"In terms of social values, one of the challenges we face is educating the educators if we are to change the mindset of the next generation," Professor Jackie Guille, associate dean, School of Design, Northumbria University.
"We need to remember that offering something unique and different happens through design. If designers can work with manufactures, or if you've got designers coming through your community who can offer something different, you won't be worried about customers going down the road where it's 50p cheaper - because you are offering something different through design," Dilys Williams, director at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion.
"Are we simply not producing too much clothing? It should be about more people working on less product that has a better authentic value about it through creativity," Bruce Montgomery, Professor of Design Craftsmanship at Northumbria University.
"This industry [clothing] has a bad record of looking inwards. But all industries are the same; they're so involved they don't have time to look at the bigger picture. Don't beat up fashion, all industries have contributed to the problem: food, fashion, shelter, housing," John Thackara, leading voice in sustainable fashion.
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