Wednesday 28 October
Regenerative Fashion: There can be no Other
This first Whataboutery elaborates on the ideas and perspectives offered in Sandra Niessen’s latest work ‘Regenerative Fashion: There can be no Other’. In this text, she explores what is needed for fashion to become truly sustainable. Her conclusion:
The fashion system has to change, de-link from its economic system, and acknowledge the validity of other systems that have been negated and erased. We need to eliminate fashion racism. This opens the radical possibility of regenerative fashion: a qualitative step beyond reducing the negative impacts of the fashion industry and working towards clothing production that is restorative for both nature and cultures.
In a 90-minute long conversation led by moderator Stephanie Afrifa, the participants in this first Whataboutery build a bridge between Niessen’s intellectual framework and the state of fashion in different parts of the world. They explore questions such as:
How can we de-link the fashion system from the global economy?
How can we value indigenous systems of dress?
How do we learn to see beyond the world that fashion delimits?
What will Niessen’s concept of ‘redress’ mean for us all?
This Whataboutery introduces you to the voices that are being systematically silenced and erased by the fashion industry. We invite you to join us and enrich our perspectives together.
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The Whataboutery - the stories so far
Short doc by Stephanie Afrifa
For the intervention Introspection, Stephanie Afrifa will produce a short documentary/triptych that gives a clear insight into the state of fashion in different parts of the world. Voices that are structurally silenced and erased tell their story and show us how fashion systems influence their work and livelihood. Some of them struggle to stick to authentic craftsmanship, while others find alternative ways to work while upgrading their surroundings. During the Whataboutery, Stephanie will share her motivation and story behind this work in progress.