Fashioned From Nature

V&A 21 April 2018 – 27 Jan 2019 The V&A’s next eagerly awaited fashion exhibition opened today. Claiming to be the first UK show to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature. Examining the period from 1600 to the present day, Fashioned From Nature will focus on sustainability and a growing ethical awareness both…

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Inside the wool industry

The word ‘natural’ is often associated with products that are pure, better for us and have less impact on the environment. When it comes to natural fibres, this is often the case but not always. Natural knitwear still comes with its fair share of ethical and environmental issues. Natural fibres tend to be far more…

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How ethical is vintage fashion?

The popularity of vintage fashion is easy to understand, and there are many reasons for wanting to have at least some vintage pieces in your wardrobe. It appeals to the collector, to the ethically minded and, perhaps more traditionally, the thrifty. Before the 1950s and 60s, there was no vintage clothing market. Old clothes were…

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Fragrant, warming laksa

  From the Peranakan culture, laksa fuses Chinese and Malay influences. Found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore this beautifully aromatic dish with its rich layers of punchy flavour is a family favourite. You can buy premade laksa paste from most supermarkets, but nothing beats making your own from scratch. Once made, the paste can be…

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