The shapes of fashion are ever-shifting. There were the waist-whittling corsets of yore, which defined — and redefined — women’s beauty standards for centuries. Then came the androgynous drop-waists of the Roaring Twenties, the mini dresses of the 1960s sexual revolution and the breezy silhouettes of the hippie movement. Throughout the ages, our clothes have shrunk, expanded, flared, narrowed and billowed to coincide with social movements, to facilitate new ways of living, to reflect values and attitudes. The clothes have shaped us, quite literally. But more interestingly, we have, and continue to, shaped our clothes in a way that reflects us and the world we live in.
Now, our clothes are being designed to show our values. This change is incredible. The sustainable fashion movement and process of fostering change to fashion products and the fashion system towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. This means dealing with interdependent social, cultural, ecological, and financial systems. We are all showing that we care and want to be part of change. After all, there is no Planet B.