The fast fashion industry affects us all so much that we even don’t remember how we have become victims of mindless, nonsensical and momentous consumption.
I find, as a blogger, I carry a certain responsibility. To create a platform that is characterized more by personal opinion, represents the inspiration and influence on and for their readers.
And so I write about a topic that really is the heart to me me touched, distressed and burdened.
The dark side of fashion. Dresden
Recently I visited a very startling exhibition at the Deutsches hygiene-Museum Dresden.
“Fast fashion – the dark side of fashion” takes the mechanisms from different angles of the fashion industry under the microscope.
Tough and honest the circumstances and backgrounds of this industry are illuminated in the focus on economics, ethics and ecology, that we subconsciously so strongly draws that we don’t remember the dramatic impact it has on ourselves and our environment.
The information shown here and works come in part from the Museum. The underlying wisdom in this post is not that the hygiene-Museum or the statement of the exhibition, but only my subjective, honest and personal sensation.
Frightening consumer behaviour
Fashion is considered “Fast Fashion”, which will be mass produced and sold at low prices. Fashion, the production of which vastly accelerated is that just Two weeks between the design and delivery of a piece.
The curators highlight the unification of fashion and the global mainstream. New collections we being marginalized as a consumer to do this, regularly to have the latest pieces, greatly accelerates the time between purchase and wear the clothes.
At the thought that in Leipzig a Primark of monstrous proportions will be opening soon, going to be sick!
Soon thousands teens are control of screeching this gigantic garage Temple in our actually so beautiful city centre to hoard as many clothes at low prices, to wear it a couple of times, and after a short time due to rapidly changing trends and lack of quality carelessly in the bin to throw.
Don’t think one after these people, as it can be at all, that an alleged Wool Sweater euros no ten?
Latest trends at the expense of people’s lives
The fast fashion industry provides disastrous working conditions for workers, wages are below subsistence level.
Low-wage countries such as China, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia are they who must produce the clothes – the number is according to exhibition at 90% – for us and suffer the terrible consequences of Western, spoiled by cheap clothes throwaway for the most part.
Each year about 1.2 million tons accumulate in Germany used clothing.
The fast fashion exhibition shows, for example, videos of a self-proclaimed Youtuberin, which boasts as for little money bags fashion latest clothes geshoppt has. While keeping their achievements into the camera, prices appear proud of blouses and trousers, which vary between four and eight euros.
This added a brightly colored caption in the image flickers: “This blouse MUST each of you in her wardrobe have!” Shaking his head, plagued by nausea and the question whether the fraction of a functioning brain slumbers in such people, I’m going to the next point of the exhibition.
On average, consumers have today 4 x more clothes than in 1980.
What mean these low prices for the textile workers? The industry while creating jobs in developing countries. But this is based on inhuman working conditions. In daily shifts of 10 to 16 hours, seven days a week, about one percent of the price of clothes for the wage of workers remain at the end.
A simple T-Shirt costs today just as much as a loaf of cheese.
So, pieces of clothing from H & M and co. have a value of 0.10 to 0.15 euros. It is not hard to calculate what’s left with a T-Shirt from five euros in sales for the seamstress. And terrifying.
How the environment suffers
An industry is created with almost fashion absolutely indifferent, cold-blooded, and saw life acts. And we support the consequences of consumers – without thinking about what that means for us and for our environment.
The exhibition shows some of the barbaric aspects of low-cost productions, which still leave me the heart at the Museum.
Site friends this cruel scenes the mouths of tiny, cracked before screams before the Angora rabbit, those alive in a most brutal way the fur from the sensitive, thin skin is torn. The Chinese workers are so Kinky unconscionable that one wonders whether even a human soul inside this rage distorted bodies.
What happens to the skin of this wonderful, innocent, tortured on the worst creatures? It ends up in an ugly cheap sweater from H & M Primark and co., to missing after two weeks due to newer “trends”, “aaah’s”, and “Oh how is the fair ‘s” the oh so fashionably conscious girlfriends in the waste disposed Loveless to be. It makes me sick!
A further object description let us freeze. This, it was said that an undercover PETA United States 2014 research found out, that in Australia, the world’s largest wool exporter, sheep are being tortured by the workers during the shearing in a perverse way.
They are beaten, kicked, is trampled on them, they are being bandied about, mutilated, killed. The short video sequence this barbaric brutality, who was waiting on us at the entrance to the exhibition, I will probably never again be out of my head.
I myself own a piece of clothing items with faux fur. Several times I’ve been researching it, whether it is really artificial fur. Tragically are many garments as fur marked, although the fur comes from real animals.
We live in a time in which no animal more for fashion to die must. Everything can be produced artificially. Please look closely! , As you recognize real fur can you find good instructions here.
The pictures of the General environmental impact have dumbfounded and depressed left us after visiting the Museum.
Approximately 7,000 (!) different chemicals are used in the cultivation of cotton in China.
So the Aral Sea, a former giant Lake in Central Asia and one of the largest lakes of the Earth is enormous by enormous resources dried up. The comparison of aerial photographs of the last decades reveals the present water as a sad puddle.
How bad must the nature are abused, that man manages to create one of the largest waters of the Earth dry? And why must the nature only completely destroyed are rethinking takes place to slow?
What happened to us people, that we are capable of such cold-blooded, reckless acts?
Slow fashion: Views which give hope
Hope the backlash is the fast fashion industry, whose Entwicklungen also presented in Dresden, Germany.
The “Slow Fashion” movement more responsibility towards people and the environment demands from producers and consumers. This produced fashion sustainable, environmentally friendly and fair.
Slow fashion, regional origin, a short chain of production and abandonment of harmful chemicals make a wonderful alternative.
Great developments are about non-violent silk, the silkworm Caterpillar naturally may slip in their production, the cultivation of linen and hemp, which is creating environmentally friendly biodegradable productions and materials, resource-conserving crop of Brown algae or chemical-free dyeing of textiles with micro-algae.
What you can do actively
It’s a long way to a new, improved and environmentally-conscious consumer world. But even the smallest steps can contribute a piece to fair production and considerate dealings with man and nature.
- Stay true. Fashion wear the only friends you likeand which you will stand behind even after months, as trends come and go.
- Not to buy after the first impulse. Just as a woman it is so quickly excited by a piece of clothing, buys it, and wonders weeks later what has to search for it in the Cabinet. Think after a day on the purchase, whether you really need the 20 jeans in the closet!
- Minimize your wardrobe. How many parts of the masses of the dress you really use? According to studies, at least 60% of the pieces only unworn lands on the stack. The system of the “capsule wardrobe”, where to buy only clothes which is combined with each other is perfect however. Has a wonderful post on this subject Madlén Bohème here written in her inspiring blog.
- Buy quality fashion. Must it be really pair of shoes for $5 at Primark? These hold no week and form only perfect plastic waste after a short time! Even if friends about handmade fashion from smaller labels seems too expensive: If you buy cheap, buy twice! But how beautiful it is, if you accompany garments of years of your life!
- Use second hand stores. At the moment, wonderful small and large second hand shoot boutiques from the floors of the cities. A great example is the chain of “Humana”, which has several times in Leipzig. There you will find special pieces, the only YOU own will! By the way, also there you can make clothes no longer in use.
- Wear vintage fashion. Also dazzling vintage pieces, especially from the 40s to 60s, can today easily rise in the various locations and online. Where you get it, let me tell you under this section.
- Fixing minor errors. A torn seam or a missing button are no reason to sort out pieces! If you need help, there are wonderful Schneider in every city, who are friends for little money. Adjust perfectly the items at friends, if something is no longer 100 percent!
- Learn how to sew. I know it is a complex and time-intensive work, to sew clothes for themselves. But what is there better to wear even made fashion and to know it was created from my hands work? Sewing is again on the rise, and I think it’s wonderful. I have give me also a sewing machine, and am now busy at practice. For example, the blog Beswingtes of all sorts of great inspiration provides you.
- Go to the cleaners. A supposedly non-removable, to prominently placed spot can be cleaning often “wipe out themselves”. The local ladies and gentlemen are very well versed and know to deal with textiles! Recently I have clean a winter coat for Only 10 euro – he was like new.
- Sell clothing not worn! Let’s face it, if you can find pieces in your closet that you wore not a year, will you touch ever again? For someone else, they could be perhaps the new favorite dresses – dress top, girl Flohmarkt and co. and you use will receive even money! Also second hand boutiques are always happy about “new” goods.
Vintage clothing against the throw-away – trend
Clothing is a valuable asset
This sense of the value of clothing has been dramatically lost in our day and age. For centuries, people have their clothes maintained, repaired, and modified to. Today, the repair is more expensive than to buy a new cheap part.
The fashion of the 40s and 50s is the fashion of easy women who lovingly from lack of money and opportunities their garments manufactured by hand.
The sense of quality craftsmanship of clothes will be lost.
At each step through the street, they could be proud to wear, created by their own hands work so valuable unique to the body. Did you know the value of such pieces.
Pieces of a women in connection as this enchanting lemon-yellow summer dress, only with this installed, for which it was made. Not from a big brand, thanks to hundreds of ladies flanierten those 1:1 with the same style on the pavement.
Perhaps only this a lady that had such a magical, lemon-yellow dress, and now looks down on me from above, was happy that lives on her for years held and maintained communication with me. Because now I the Lady in the lemon-yellow dress can be.
What can we leave later for posterity, our children and grandchildren of our today’s fashion ?
Where you can get vintage clothes
The possibilities, Vintage fashion and second hand pieces to get, are becoming more diverse.
On Etsy, you can find hundreds of shops offering old originals from the 20s to 70s. You will find about GoodyGoody Berlin*, Hello vintage* or it’s jolly good vintage.*
Even individual providers have launched online stores. Several times I ordered already for the vintage Fox, where you can find every week new, great pieces, which are absolutely affordable. Auntie Annie is also a nice recommendation for originals.
Also Grandma Clara is a great project in which two young ladies sell the clothing of older ladies. Here the customer can understand even what dear Grandma came from the purchased units. A project with a lot of heart and love, which is absolutely worth supporting.
On platforms, there are dress top, dress basket or girl flea market less vintage, for this much second hand clothes. Partially still unworn since Classic Fehlkäufe probably dormant in every closet, but with new owners they can become the favorite part.
Second hand boutiques can be now found in many cities. So, Humana is already 21 times represented in whole Germany.
Vintage inspired fashion is a wonderful thing. I love the smaller labels which design with unbelievably great passion, great pieces inspired by the 20s to 60s.
On my Vintage Blog I have already presented some of the wonderful designer friends. Here you can see directly where the fashion is coming, put what heads behind and that the clothing has a long life expectancy due to their high quality.
For example, PRETTIE LANES, may be mentioned Mademoiselle Tambour, frozen hibiscus *, Indigo room, Tate Millinery*, Vienna creation, gracy Q and Vecona Vintage. * also for the gentlemen there wonderful options! I would like to introduce this in my post about the style Office Leipzig.
Us it goes well so in this world. So incredibly well, how’s, ever could go nobody else in any other era, and on any other part of the world.
There must be a rethinking, otherwise the world will perish, as we know it, by our own hands.
We should use this opportunity to make us aware that we got lucky and fight for those who themselves aren’t able to escape their cruel fate.
I’m sure if each contribute small it makes, makes something move!
Information about the exhibition “Fast fashion – the darker side of fashion” in Dresden
I can have friends visiting the exhibition close to the heart. In addition to the shocking stories on the subject of fast fashion the Museum in his “slow fashion Lab” great innovations, projects and designers presents, which counteract the industry from mass fashion and develop environmentally conscious products.
Absolutely worth seeing!