Just a buzz word? What sustainable fashion means today

Looking at sustainable fashion through transparency, innovative design and ethical practices, plus what we can all do to dress more sustainably.
Image is of a man in a red shirt holding to the poles of a carousel. Gown by Kate V M Sylvester made from deconstructed t-shirt for We the Makers Sustainable Fashion Prize 2023. Image: Supplied.

‘We have enough clothes for the next six generations,’ says Kate V M Sylvester, whose work My Favourite T-Shirt was selected as a finalist of We the Makers Sustainable Fashion Prize 2023.

She continues: ‘Sustainable fashion, for me, is about an industry that has more transparent protocols regarding the circular life of the clothing that we make. Everything we could ever need for clothing already exists.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.