Five tips for sustainable fashion

Fast fashion, the mass production of disposable clothing manufactured within a short period, cements the field as one of the most polluting industries in the world.

Designer and entrepreneur Roxoanne Bagano-Dizon of thriving wedding atelier Roxoanne Bagano Couture confirmed this phenomenon contributes a considerable amount to social and environmental damage.

“It exploits human labor, degrades local economies and pollutes nature,” she explained. “While the traditional model involves raw materials, fast fashion utilizes synthetic and low-quality alternatives created rapidly.”

Fashion designer, entrepreneur, and Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) educator Roxoanne Bagano-Dizon

Bagano-Dizon, an educator under the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Environment and Design (SED), likewise expounded on the importance of sustainable fashion in this issue.

“It is designing, generating, and distributing clothing with ethics in mind,” she stated. “Adopting this approach to both production and consumption can help reduce our footprint and lessen our impact on society.”

Bagano-Dizon, who is currently pursuing her master’s degree in International Business, likewise stressed the crucial role of end users in this endeavor.

Before purchasing, ask yourself twice if you really need it

To guide the general public to contribute to this movement, the expert listed the conscious choices one can consider beginning from their wardrobes:

1. Shop smarter. Before any purchases, ask yourself if you need it. Source from brands that adopt eco-friendly methods. Avoid clothes from synthetic materials. Choose organic, natural, or recycled fibers.

2. Embrace minimalism. Do not buy impulsively. Invest in timeless pieces which you can wear for a long time. Try to avoid short-lived trends. Make do with what you have.

Invest in classic styles instead of following short-lived trends

3. Thrift. Go for second-hand or consignment stores. You may find affordable and unique

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College for Creative Studies students team up with Carhartt to create sustainable fashion

During their 2022 Fall/Winter semester, students at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit had the opportunity to team up with Dearborn-based workwear company, Carhartt. Fashion Design and Color and Materials Design students were tasked with creating a story of sustainability using returned and damaged Carhartt garments.

a person with shoulder-length hair poses in an oversized green outfit with the Carhartt patch during golden hour
Face Mask Slip On shoe, designed and modeled by Shannon Berr.

Aki Choklat is the Linda Dresner Endowed Chair in Fashion Design at CCS. He says Detroit has a thriving fashion community on the rise.

“We have many companies that have already come to us,” Choklat tells CultureShift. “When Bottega Veneta came to do their show, we were all kind of freaking out. It really brought a lot of attention to Detroit.”

The course split the class into four groups, each having its own unique prompt to work with. Most of the students in the course are native to Detroit and metro Detroit and were inspired by their own communities to create clothing for people in everyday working situations.

a person with their hair pulled back sits in a workshop wearing a canvas apron with several layered pockets
Deconstructed Work Apron, designed by Nassim Haghighi, Mikayla Hoak, Mary Elizabeth James and Sofia Proen.

Choklat says this course, like so many other classes at CCS, are created to give students a real-world view of their industries.

“Anthropological field study is really important. We sent the students out there to observe… They went out there and they connected with the people in the neighborhood. So that’s a really important part of the research.”

One of the four personas the students created designs for were the urban farmers here in Detroit. They designed a pair of pants and two pairs of shoes using materials like puffer jacket samples, face masks and scrap leather.

Choklat says designers need to have a wide variety of skills to keep up with a changing fashion industry.


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How Should Fashion Schools Address Sustainability?

Faculty at top design colleges reflect on what is — and isn’t — working.

Fashion schools are facing a predicament: how to teach sustainability in the context of profound climate change, when the multi-trillion-dollar industry students will presumably graduate into is responsible for a chunk of global wastewatercarbon emissions and tragedies like the Rana Plaza (garment) factory collapse in Bangladesh 10 years ago.

As fashion reckons with its impact on the climate and people around the world, schools are also thinking about how to address it within their curriculums.

This predicament dates back to the very beginnings of mass production. The fashion industry “established its production processes back in the Industrial Revolution, and then with the Ford manufacturing model of production — quicker, faster — and de-skilling of workers, that the West in particular has dominated and exported to every other country around the world as the system of fashion… And that system no longer works,” Dr. Sass Brown, the course director of Kingston University London’s Sustainable Fashion MA, summarizes. “It’s really important that we have dedicated academic space and time to research, analyze and find new solutions.”

It’s more difficult when you consider how, even in the broader industry, sustainability has become one of the hottest buzzwords, frequently resulting in greenwashing, with brands tossing around words like “eco-friendly” or “conscious” in marketing materials without definitions.

“Sustainability is one of those terms that’s become quite problematic because of its broad-based interpretation,” Dr. Brown says. “It was in broad terms defined by the [United Nations] Brundtland Commission back in 1987.” Unspecific to any industry, the commission described it as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

It’s the job of educators to

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Turning creative vision into reality: Two young Filipino fashion designers reveal their reliable partner

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February 28, 2023 | 11:30am

MANILA, Philippines — See the dress, but focus on the woman. That came from Vera Wang and, indeed, it’s true at least for Filipino fashion designers Gavin Ruffy and Glyn Allen Magtibay. Rather than designing great dresses to be popular, they put more importance on comfort, fit, authenticity and beauty.

Brother helps them do this through versatile products like the Brother A150 sewing machine. Like Gavin and Glyn Allen, fashion designers consider Brother machines as a reliable partner in turning their creative vision into reality.

Gavin Ruffy: Chic is subtle, simple and silent

Gavin Ruffy has been designing for almost 10 years now. He remembers his first sewing machine, a Brother that was given to him as a gift in high school. “That’s what I used when I learned how to use a sewing machine,” he recalls, “I don’t remember having a hard time using it even if there was no one guiding me aside from the manual—YouTube tutorials weren’t a thing back then!”

Today, Gavin Ruffy uses the A150 Brother sewing machine. “I like that it has many kinds of stitches in one machine. It has all the functions I need so I don’t have to buy different kinds of machines,” he explains.

“It’s also portable so I can bring my work with me so when there are days I can’t visit my studio, I can work from home. I also like that it’s computerized—so easy to adjust the settings I need to get a precise and good quality stitch.”

In college, Gavin studied Fashion Design and Merchandising at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde. After working for five years in fashion retail, he started designing full-time back in 2018.

Today, Gavin Ruffy’s name has been creating a

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