This month, we’re saying goodbye to fast fashion and the toll it’s taken on the world and looking to explore the different facets of the fashion industry. An extremely thought-provoking book on this subject is Why Fashion Matters by the head of London College of Fashion herself, Frances Corner. The short yet insightful publication delves into matters such as sustainability and asks hard-hitting questions about gender roles and the perceptions that we have about ourselves because of the clothes that we wear. The book is a direct (and expertly written) response to critics of fashion who view the industry as frivolous, as it explores important issues in an easily-readable manner. Read on for our favourite quotes from the book and make sure you grab your copy here.
“To some, couture is an anachronism, elitist and irrelevant. But I admire it as a system that has preserved and protected a vast range of skills and crafts, such as fine embroidery, beadwork and the decorative use of feathers or precious stones. Many of these skills are no longer practised anywhere else in the world…”
“There is so much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them.”
“What we wear tells the story of who we are – or who we want to be.”