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Spring Crushes

In my experience as an eco-fashion and textile design instructor I have always been in awe of the trend reports and style forecasting that move this growing field forward. One of the first steps designers take when starting off a new line for a season is clip what inspires them and create a “vision”, “mood”, or “inspiration” board. Here is a simple one I made with a few eco-designs that inspire me this spring:

    going clockwise:  

  1. Love tube dress by Katherine Hammett. She is a clothing activist by placing her messages in bilboard letters on tees for men and women. Very well known for her activism in the fashion industry. With her profits she worked on and commissioned research to find out the real impact the clothing industry has on the planet and discovered a complete disaster. Tens of thousands of deaths a year from accidental pesticide poisoning from growing cotton, millions with long-term acute poisoning, slavery type conditions across the industry, pollution and long-term contamination to rivers and aquifers. Katherine’s long held vision has powered into this century with new campaigns and these hopeful slogan tees, dresses and gear now sold on her re-invented site.
  2. Darling designs like this moon-swing top from William Good  are so cute! Go Good Will with the new initiatives to re-sell by re-vamping the reject piles that mostly go to landfills. William Good is the name for this start-up that will sell styles to the masses.
  3. Green Guess? News from style dash tells us that Guess Green will debut this April. The line of chemical dye-free denim, organic cotton tops for both sexes will include recycled paper tags with soy-based ink. This is the kind of commitment they need to make for the WHOLE organization. I am a believer in the saying “you can’t be part of the solution unless your part of the problem.” Baby steps started, the pieces mentioned hit shops in april with 10% of the profit going to the sustainability voice to the entertainment industry: Environmental Media Association

Written by Lucille Chi

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level.

Sustainability studies: &
B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science.

Contact: lucillechi (at)

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