2015 Fashion Revolution Day: Who made my clothes?

Fashion Revolution Day is a day of international mobilisation to improve the way our clothes are made. Last year I asked fashion brand L’Herbe Rouge who made their clothes. This year I asked the same question to ethical fashion brand People Tree.

I have the same cardigan as the character on my drawing. She is also wearing a dress from the Orla Kiely for People Tree collection.

drawing of a woman wearing a printed dress and a cardigan inside out for Fashion Revolution Day

So I asked People Tree who made my cardigan and they sent me detailed information on their supplier:
My cardigan was made at Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills in India.
Rajlakshmi uses mostly Organic and Fair Trade cotton and works to ensure Fair Trade is practiced throughout the supply chain right down to the cotton farmers from Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
Rajlakshmi also supports its tailors with different social schemes, for example contributing to medical insurance for employees and their families, reimbursement of education fees for children…

Brands like People Tree show that it’s possible to have a traceability of clothes. Fashion Revolution Day’s goal is that all fashion brands set up traceability systems for their products to prevent abuse by some subcontractors.

Here is how you can get involved in Fashion Revolution Day:

Post a selfie wearing an item of clothing insideout on all social media and ask the brands: Who Made My Clothes? with the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes

Fashion Revolution Day is an opportunity to tell brands that their clients ask for more transparency.

For more information:
Fashion Revolution website
People Tree website

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Gina Rodriguez wearing a blue gown at the 2015 Academy Awards

Every year, I watch the outfits on different red carpets. I spot my favorite outfits and I try to spot the most beautiful ethical or vintage outfits too.

At the Academy Awards, I found that actress Gina Rodriguez outfit was a success. The gown was designed by Manon Gabard for Red Carpet Green Dress. The backless cobalt blue long gown is made from organic peace silk*. I especially like that her dress is as gorgeous from behind as from the front.

drawing of Gina Rodriguez wearing a backless cobalt blue long gown at the 2015 Academy Awards

* Peace silk is produced without killing the pupae

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White dress with grey braid at Chanel 2014 Fall Couture Fashion Show

The white jacket with black braid is a Chanel signature. There have been many variations of this cardigan-jacket. This year, the idea has been used for a white short sleeve trapeze dress at Chanel 2014-2015 Fall-Winter Couture Fashion Show. There is a grey vertical line in the middle of the dress. Other horizontal lines emphasize the high waist, borders and pockets. The result is a geometric and minimalist dress that I would gladly wear.

drawing of a white dress with grey braid from Chanel Couture 2014-2015 Fall-Winter collection

You can see all the pictures of this Fashion Show on Style website.

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A red cape coat at Armani Privé 2014 Fall Couture Fashion Show

I spotted this outfit at Armani Privé 2014-2015 Fall-Winter Couture Fashion Show. It reminds me of the Little Red Riding Hood because of the cape coat. But a modern Red Riding Hood who wears formal shorts, court shoes, short gloves and a businesswoman bag.

Drawing of a red cape coat from Armani Privé Couture 2014-2015 Fall-Winter collection

You can see all the pictures of this Fashion Show on Style website.

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Slow Streetstyle look in black and white

In my October favorites, I wrote about the #SlowStreetStyle Challenge initiated by Consciously Sartorial and So Good So Cute blogs. To take up this challenge, you have to create a complete look using ethical clothes. So here is a black and white look I have imagined with the Winter clothes I have spotted.

drawing of a woman wearing a shaded white to grey jumper, black trousers and white sneakers

Slow streetstyle look: shaded white to grey jumper, black handbag, black trousers and white sneakers

(1) Misericordia jumper in alpaga, shaded white to grey. Ethically made in Peru.

(2) Pampa & Pop leather handbag. Ethically made in Argentina. Tannery wastewater is recycled.

I have recently discovered Pampa & Pop colorful bags. This black handbag is more plain but it still has a fancy printed lining.

(3) Ekyog black trousers. 98% organic cotton, 2% elastane. Ethically made in Madagascar.

(4) Veja white sneakers in eco-tanned leather. Ethically made in Brazil.

In real life I would take Veja black sneakers but here I have chosen the white ones as nobody will step on my drawing’s feet ^^

You can create a look and join the #SlowStreetStyle Challenge until November 30th. Everything is explained on Consciously Sartorial blog.

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Fifties day outfits

I have drawn several fifties outfits at the 50s Fashion exhibition in palais Galliera in Paris. This article gathers my drawings of day outfits. There will be an article with evening dresses illustrations later.

In the fifties, cinched waist and calf-length were fashionable. This ‘New Look’ began with Christian Dior first fashion show in 1947. At the show, models were wearing full skirts but at that time women also used to wear pencil skirts such as the ones I have drawn.

illustration of a black day suit by Balenciage. 1950 Spring-Summer collection

On the first drawing, a woman is wearing a 1950 black day suit by Balenciaga with a calf-length pencil skirt. The jacket has a small waist and round hips.

illustration of a fifties lime green coat by Madeleine Vramant

This lime green coat by Madeleine Vramant widens from waist like a full skirt.

illustration af a black afternoon dress by Jacques Fath. 1954 Fall-Winter collection

This is a 1954 black afternoon dress by Jacques Fath with a pleated top front. I’m still wondering what could be the difference between a morning dress and an afternoon dress ^^

coloring picture of a woman wearing a New Look coat

I have also drawn a coloring picture of the New Look coat by Madeleine Vramant. Click on the picture to enlarge and print it.

Finally, my review of the 50s exhibition in palais Galliera in Paris :

(The exhibition runs until November 2, 2014)

I liked the exhibition. The Haute Couture outfits are magnificent, in good condition and classified by theme: day outfits, beach outfits, evening wear, cocktail dresses… Some period videos show women wearing fifties outfits and there are drawings by designers or Fashion illustrators such as René Gruau.

It’s good to know that the exhibition is not big. I recommend it to you if you are interested in Fashion or History.

Fore more information, visit Palais Galliera Fashion Museum website

Other articles about Fifties fashion on this blog:

Fifties evening dresses

Fifties beach outfits

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Gisele Bündchen green Prophetik dress at Rainforest Alliance gala

As a Rainforest Alliance board member, model Gisele Bündchen was invited to the Rainforest Alliance gala in May 2014. Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization whose goal is the protection of biodiversity and forests (you may have noticed their certified seal, a green frog, on some products).

For this occasion, Gisele Bündchen wore a magic mint strapless gown by Prophetik.

drawing of Gisele Bündchen wearing a hemp green Prophetik strapless gown at 2014 Rainforest Alliance gala

Surprisingly this satiny dress is made of hemp. It’s the first time I see a hemp evening gown. I already knew that hemp is ecological because it needs little water, no pesticides and it absorbs carbon dioxide. Now I can add that hemp is chic.

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Coral silk dress

I have spotted many nice dresses in Franch brand Ekyog summer collection. Those short dresses seem comfortable and chic enough for a party or a wedding.

I’m adding this coral silk dress with a black belt to my virtual wardrobe.

illustration of a woman wearing a coral silk dress with a black belt

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Sabina in white lace dress

When I discovered Consciously Sartorial, Sabina’s blog, I fell in love with its aesthetics. This blog, written both in English and in Spanish, is an eye candy. Sabina has a gift for finding pictures, objects and clothes that are super-stylish and that are sustainable too.

Sabina has agreed to answer my questions and to pose in her favorite outfit, a white lace dress whose boho style I love.

drawing of Sabina wearing a white lace dress

Who are you?

I’m a 35-year-old language teacher, and part-time sustainable fashion aficionado. Born and bred in little Heidiland, I soon became curious about the big wide world out there. My first stop was a small island in the south of England. From there I regularly escaped to the capital, as well as to work in Holland and Italy for a while. Four years ago, my better half asked me to move back to his native Spain with him, I said “SI” and so here I am, ready for new adventures!

Could you tell me the story of your outfit?

I bought the dress in Gran Canaria, it was a last-minute buy for a local carnival night called “Eel carneval de los indianos”. The local custom demands that everyone wears white, preferably colonial-style costumes in keeping with what their people wore in South America at the time. It was possibly one of the most magical nights in my life! Everyone throws talcum powder at each other, and by the end of the night it feels like being surrounded by ghosts!

The necklace was a present from my dear cousin-in-law, friend and blog-life-saver Anita. She brought it all the way from sunny Bahia de Salvador in Brasil, one of my all-time bucket list destinations!

The straw bag comes from a small artisan workshop in Altea, a town on a hill near Alicante (Spain). Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten its name. It was a present from my husband, and holds lots of good memories (literally and non-literally).

The shoes, I have to admit, are from Topshop… They we’re the very first purchase from my first proper wage in England. I tend to wear them as little as possible, so they’ll hopefully last me for some time to come…

What are your favorite fashion shops/brands?

I live in a midsize city with little variety when it comes to shops, so I really enjoy shopping when we’re on holiday. Recently, I’ve come back to one of my old favourites, vintage clothing, I love Lotta Vintage in Madrid (http://www.lottavintage.com), and Rokit in London (they also sell online: http://www.rokit.co.uk/).

I’m a huge fan of upcycling, one of the brands that has most impressed me in this field is Wintervachtjas from Holland. They’ve just released an amazing collection made from old curtains, which may sound a little bizarre, but it totally works! Sustainable leather bag brand O My Bag is also pretty high up on my wish list – I hope my husband is reading this…!

If I lived in the US, I’d wear pretty much everything by ethical super brand the Reformation – they’re just too good to be true!

I also adore Pachacuti’s fair trade Panama hats and I’m still incapable of deciding which latest Birkenstock’s model to choose for this summer – they’re all just so great!

Your blog is specialized in Sustainable Fashion. What would you advise to someone who is interested in dressing more ethically but doesn’t know where to start?

Inform yourself about all the different aspects of ethical shopping through websites such as Treehugger, Ecouterre, or
Clean Clothes, or books, like “The Sustainable Fashion Handbook” by Sandy Black and Hilary Alexander (available on Amazon).

Twitter is also a great place to find websites and blogs dedicated to ethical fashion, some of which might tell you a bit more about what’s happening in your local area.

I also think shopping more systematically is important, if you’re in need of a wardrobe edit, you might like Project 333 and Into Mind.

Once you’re in the know, you probably want to decide on a shopping strategy according to your budget. As a student with little financial resources for example, you’re best off going down the “vintage lane” ( Rokit, Asos Marketplace etc.), start customizing your clothes (check out I Spy DIY), or organizing a clothes swap with friends (see Swapaholics UK).

However, there are many great labels out there that are quite reasonably priced and they can usually be found in big cities or online. Take for example Nudie Jeans, with their repair-system they’re a pretty good buy!

Thank you Sabina!

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