Metropolis: Fashionably responsible

We're careful to select clothes on the basis of fashion, form and fit - but who's keeping check on the cost of our wardrobe to the environment and human rights, asks Lisa Brady.

5th May, 2012
Helen Fletcher: 'It's hard to envisage it now, but the mass consumerism that dominates today is not the only kind of society that exists.'

She doesn't look much like a schoolmarm, but Helen Fletcher has carved out a career from educating the big fashion brands in sustainable design, and instructing Joe Public on responsible fashion consumption.

Through her studies in textile design and technology, Fletcher founded the 'slow fashion' movement 15 years ago.

"It's hard to envisage it now, but the mass consumerism that dominates today is not the only kind of society that exists," says Fletcher. "Up to 30...

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