Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present, and Future


Jennifer Farley Gordon and Colleen Hill
London: Bloomsbury, 2015

Sustainable Fashion provides a unique and accessible overview of fashion ethics and sustainability issues of the past, present and future. This book is the first to situate today’s eco-fashion movement in its multifaceted historical context, investigating the relationship between fashion and the environment as far back as the early nineteenth century.

Employing an expanded definition of sustainability that also considers ethical issues, Jennifer Farley Gordon and Colleen Hill explore each stage of the fashion production cycle, from the cultivation of raw fibers to the shipment of the finished garment. Structured thematically, each of the six chapters is dedicated to the discussion of one major issue, from recycling and repurposing to labor practices and the treatment of animals.

Including interviews with eco-fashion designers, Sustainable Fashion will appeal to students and scholars of fashion, as well as students of design, history and cultural studies.

Exhibition Schedule

Eco-Fashion: Going Green
Fashion and Textile History Gallery
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
May 26–November 13, 2010