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Description - Fashioned From Nature by Edwina Ehrman

Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature-from sumptuous silks and floral patterns to the spectacular creations of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior-the two have always been entwined. Yet, in spite of this reverence for the natural world, fashion also seems destined to harm it. Spanning the 17th century to the present, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on nature for materials and the devastating impact of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, and exotic feathers.

Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have taken things to a new level and this book discusses the need for a more conscious fashion cycle. But which has greater environmental impact-a leather handbag or a white cotton T-shirt? Considering the effects of land clearance, insecticides, and water consumption-not to mention washing in hot water after every wear-the answer may not be as clear as it first appears. No fashion choice will ever be without impact, but this book will stimulate debate and empower readers to question their role as consumers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781851779451
ISBN-10: 1851779450
Format: Paperback / softback
(320mm x 230mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: V & A Publishing
Publisher: V & A Publishing
Publish Date: 9-Apr-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Edwina Ehrman

Edwina Ehrman is a Senior Exhibition Curator at the V&A and a specialist in 19th century fashion and the history of London fashion. Her current project, Fashioned from Nature, opens at the Museum in April 2018. Her previous exhibitions include Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear and Wedding Dresses 1775-2014. From 2009 - 2013 she was the lead curator for The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion. Her publications include Undressed: a brief history of underwear (V&A Publications, 2016), London Couture 1923-1975: British Luxury (V&A Publications, 2015) of which she is co-editor and a contributor, and Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions (V&A Publications 2011, 2014).

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