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The striking document by Ariel Wizman on fast fashion

For Arte, the Parisian dandy parisien co-signs a ferocious diatribe on how fast fashion has gone by the wayside. Result: fashion kills. Men, but also the planet. The good news: all around the world, activists are saying to throwable clothing and preparing the fashion of tomorrow. Phew, there is still hope.

Blood on our clothes

Flashback. On the 24th of April 2013, the Rana Plaza crumbles down in Bangladesh: 1138 deaths. Under its ruins, textile workers exploited 24h/24 to produce clothes that we buy atz Zara and consorts. Qualified by some as the 9/11 of fashion, this tragedy puts the spotlight on a super consumer system that has become crazy. The figures? Sky rocketing. It’s the second most polluting industry after petrol, fashion produces 80 billion pieces of clothing per year (700,000 in France, of which ¼ only are recycled). In terms of designers, it’s the overdose. Having become the goose with golden eggs of deluxe multinationals, couturiers in burn out mode are slamming the door of leading houses (Alber Elbaz, Raf Simmons…) when they don’t totally lose it (cf John Galliano fired from Dior).

A revolution on the go

So: ethical shopping or staying stylish? Both my captain! This document filled with infographies and fascinating interviews sets forth to meet those who are going out of their way to model fashion with a human face. Ethical but not boring. Like Daniel Harris, a young English tweed manufacturer who prones manual weaving, Sébastien Kopp the boss of Veja, green and cool sneakers, Danit Peleg, the Israeli stylist who prints clothing in 3D or Anaïs Dautais Warmel, creator of the French label Les Recyclables.

We adore: experts of the fashion ( journalists Sophie Fontanel and Alice Pfeiffer or the famous style predictor Li Edelkoort doyenne of The Parsons School in New York) deciphers for us these new trends. Such as the last hype sensation of fashion shows: the collective Vetements (founded by an ex student of Margiela) who reworks clothing fripes with couture know-how (fashion editors are wild about it!)

In short: realistic without creating anxiety, here is a document that brings a breath of fresh air and hope while proving another fashion is possible. Joyful!

 

On the 14th of september at 10h30 pm

Also discover Dior : the new documentary by Loïc Prigent.

Céline Dassonville

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