Reading List – To Die For : Lucy Siegle

I finally bought Lucy Siegle’s new book today, called ‘To Die For – Is fashion wearing out the world’.  I’ve had my eye on this book since it was released. I took part in a discussion on ethical fashion a few years ago with Lucy Seigle as one of the main speakers, she was truly inspirational and really understood the issues surrounding how best to engage with consumers.

I look forward to reading it and will report back soon! Feel free to share your views on the book, or any other recommended reading, in the comments below. I will be posting a few book reviews in the coming months of books that have influenced me in my work and my approach to design/fashion.

About the book:

An expose on the fashion industry written by the Observer’s ‘Ethical Living’ columnist, examining the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear.

Coming at a time when the global financial crisis and contracting of consumer spending is ushering in a new epoch for the fashion industry, To Die For offers a very plausible vision of how green could really be the new black.

Taking particular issue with our current mania for both big-name labels and cheap fashion, To Die For sets an agenda for the urgent changes that can and need to be made by both the industry and the consumer. Far from outlining a future of drab, ethical clothing, Lucy Siegle believes that it is indeed possible to be an ‘ethical fashionista’, simply by being aware of how and where (and by whom) clothing is manufactured.

The global banking crisis has put the consumer at a crossroads: when money is tight should we embrace cheap fast fashion to prop up an already engorged wardrobe, or should we reject this as the ultimate false economy and advocate a return to real fashion, bolstered by the principles of individualism and style pedigree?

In this impassioned book, Siegle analyses the global epidemic of unsustainable fashion, taking stock of our economic health and moral accountabilities to expose the pitfalls of fast fashion. Refocusing the debate squarely back on the importance of basic consumer rights, Siegle reveals the truth behind cut price, bulk fashion and the importance of your purchasing decisions, advocating the case for a new sustainable design era where we are assured of value for money: ethically, morally and in real terms.

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