The coffee in your mug is fair-trade and the steak on your plate comes from grass-fed, locally raised beef. But how about the shirt on your back?
“What we wear on our bodies should be just as important as what we put into our bodies,” says Annie Novotny, adjunct assistant professor in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s fashion department and an advocate of the “slow fashion” movement.
Mirroring the philosophies of slow food—which promotes local, sustainable food in response to fast food—slow fashion is an alternative to the fast-fashion economy, conceived by Kate Fletcher of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion in London. “It’s about the health of the Earth and the health of the people on it,” says Jamie Hayes, a labor rights activist, fashion designer and co-owner of Department of Curiosities, a slow fashion-centric boutique and design studio that opened in Logan Square last year.
Sure, it’s easy for Alice Waters to preach “shop local, seasonal and organic” when her California farmers market is stocked with ripe produce year round. (What’s in season in Illinois when the ground’s covered with an inch of ice?) We asked local experts to break down Slow Fashion’s principles and assigned a difficulty rating to each, from 1 (no excuse not to) to 5 (easier said than done).
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