Internationally renowned and NY Times bestselling author Dana Thomas hosted the European launch of her latest book “Fashionopolis; The Price of Fast Fashion and The Future of Clothes” in the Fashion for Good Experience on October 8th. Managing Director of Fashion for Good Katrin Ley opened the sold-out event. Sustainable fashion journalist at De Correspondent Emy Demkes then took the stage to moderate an exclusive Q&A between the author and the key selective press, influencers and industry movers and shakers in attendance.
All copies of Fashionopolis available for the launch were completely sold-out during the event. New stock of the title has been ordered and will be available to purchase this week in the Fashion for Good Experience from the Good Shop for €19.95.
What should I wear? It’s one of the fundamental questions we ask ourselves every day. More than ever, we are told it should be something new. Today, the clothing industry churns out 80 billion garments a year and employs every sixth person on Earth. Historically, the apparel trade has exploited labour, the environment, and intellectual property—and in the last three decades, with the simultaneous unfurling of fast fashion, globalization, and the tech revolution, those abuses have multiplied exponentially, primarily out of view. We are in dire need of an entirely new human-scale model.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Katrin Ley, Managing Director; Fashion for Good, Dana Thomas, Author; Fashionopolis, Emy Demkes, Sustainable Fashion Journalist; De Correspondent. IMAGE CREDIT: FASHION FOR GOOD.
Dana Thomas has travelled the globe to discover the visionary designers and companies who are propelling the industry toward that more positive future by reclaiming traditional craft and launching cutting-edge sustainable technologies to produce better fashion.
The book features a multiple page story on Katrin Ley, Managing Director of Fashion for Good explaining the innovation platform and how the organisation is aiming to change the fashion industry by sparking and scaling innovation.
About Dana Thomas
Dana Thomas is the author of Gods and Kings and the New York Times bestseller Deluxe. She began her career writing for the Style section of The Washington Post, and she has served as a cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She is a regular contributor
to The New York Times Style section and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Architectural Digest. In 2016, the French Minister of Culture named Thomas a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. She lives in Paris.
About Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good is the global initiative that is here to make all fashion good. It’s a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. With an open invitation to the entire apparel industry, Fashion for Good convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders united in their shared ambition.
At the core of Fashion for Good is our innovation platform. Through our Fashion for Good- Plug and Play Accelerator we give promising start-up innovators the expertise and access to funding they need in order to grow. Our Scaling Programme supports innovations that have passed the proof-of-concept phase, with a dedicated team that offers bespoke support and access to expertise, customers and capital. Our Good Fashion Fund will catalyse access to finance to shift at scale to more sustainable production methods.
Fashion for Good also acts as a convener for change. In October 2018 the Fashion for Good Experience has opened: the world’s first interactive tech museum dedicated to sustainable fashion innovation. In its hub in Amsterdam, Fashion for Good also houses a Circular Apparel Community co-working space, creates open-source resources like its Good Fashion Guide about cradle-to-cradle clothing.
Fashion for Good’s programmes are supported by founding partner C&A Foundation and corporate partners adidas, C&A, BESTSELLER, Galeries Lafayette Group, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp., Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando.