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WARDROBE CRISIS is a fashion podcast about sustainability, ethical fashion and making a difference in the world. Host Clare Press was the first VOGUE sustainability editor, and each week she interviews international guests about the big issues facing the fashion industry. Get to know their personal stories, and be part of the change.
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WARDROBE CRISIS with Clare Press Clare Press

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    • 4.9 • 290 Ratings

WARDROBE CRISIS is a fashion podcast about sustainability, ethical fashion and making a difference in the world. Host Clare Press was the first VOGUE sustainability editor, and each week she interviews international guests about the big issues facing the fashion industry. Get to know their personal stories, and be part of the change.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Back to Nature - Plant Dyes at Chelsea Flower Show

    Back to Nature - Plant Dyes at Chelsea Flower Show

    Fancy wearing a dress coloured sunny yellow by daffodils or a shirt dyed blue with woad? This week we're talking natural dyes and the magic of textiles derived from plants for a special episode produced with Fashion Revolution and guest-hosted by Carry Somers.
    Carry's talking with garden designer Lottie Delamain and natural dyes expert Kate Turnbull. Together, they've created a garden for Chelsea Flower Show "to inspire visitors to re-imagine the link between what we can grow and what we wear, showcasing creative possibilities and innovative thinking around how we can use our resources to create more sustainable solutions."
    They say: "Throughout history plants have played a fundamental role in fashion – as dye, as fibre and floral motifs, connecting us to a place or culture. In our global world this connection has been lost. Today our clothing is likely to be created using fossil fuels and toxic chemicals, damaging human health and nature’s ecosystems."
    We say: we love the power of plants!
    Find out more about the garden here.
    Follow Carry on Instagram here, Lottie here, and Kate here.
    Don't forget to let us know what you think! As usual, further links are on www.thewardrobecrisis.com


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    • 50 min
    Power Dressing with Costume Designer Jessica Worrall

    Power Dressing with Costume Designer Jessica Worrall

     
    What comes to mind when you hear the phase: power dressing? In the 1980s, it was big news in the corporate world - with woman in big-shouldered designer suits, showing the men who was boss. But using clothes to communicate your status goes back as far as fashion does. In Ancient Rome, it meant the right to wear purple. If you were a courtier at Versailles, it meant the finest brocades.
     Today, you might think that if you can afford it, you can have it, but as Kim Kardashian proved at the Met Gala last week - it’s still complicated. There remain many circumstances when other people try to tell us what we can and can’t wear, and what is appropriate.
     “There’s always been a way of using clothes as a powerful tool,” says this week’s guest, British costume designer Jessica Worrall. In her work costuming theatre and film productions, she uses clothes to signify what characters stand for and how they fit in to the storyline. Her latest project uses digital collage art to mash up Old Masters with high fashion runway. Have the power dynamics of fashion today changed since Elizabeth I of England’s sumptuary laws dictated how who wore what? You decide.
     
    Check out Jessica’s work here.
    Tell Clare what you think here.

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    • 47 min
    Earth Day! More Trees Please, with Dr Greg Moore

    Earth Day! More Trees Please, with Dr Greg Moore

    Earth Day is not about buying eco-friendly stuff. This year, we challenge you to put your feet in the grass or the ocean, and your credit card away (unless you’re using it to donate to an environmental charity). Let’s make Earth Day about raising our voices for better government policies to protect biodiversity and act on the climate crisis. Let’s make it about communing with the birds, insects, animals and the trees.
    Start here! Meet Dr Greg Moore - a botanist and 'plant mechanic' at the University of Melbourne with a specific interest in arboriculture. His passion for trees is centred around understanding how they operate and cope with their environments, and appreciating the benefits trees provide in urban spaces. In this Episode, Clare and Greg take a walk in the park to talk about the genius of trees. And you’re invited.
    Find all the links and further reading in the shownotes at thewardrobecrisis.com/podcast
    Tell us what you think on Instagram @thewardrobecrisis @mrspress

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    • 59 min
    Money, Fashion Power and Good Clothes, Fair Pay - Ineke Zeldenrust

    Money, Fashion Power and Good Clothes, Fair Pay - Ineke Zeldenrust

    Fashion Revolution Week 2022 begins April 18th. This year's theme is Money, Fashion, Power. Why? As Fash Rev's communications manager Ruth Macglip says in this Episode's intro: "The mainstream fashion industry is built on the exploitation of people and the planet, with wealth and power concentrated in the hands of a few. Basically, it’s time to reimagine the values at the heart of the fashion system and scrutinise what it is we’re really paying for.”
    You probably already know that the fashion industry has problems! Issues for garment workers range from low pay and unsafe working conditions through gender discrimination, bullying and intimidation, to a lack of social security or social safety nets when things go wrong. As they did - spectacularly - for so many during the pandemic.
    What’s the answer? Improve transparency and uphold rights, pay a living wage and ensure workers have a seat at the table while all this is discussed. In this enlightening conversation, Clare and her guest Ineke Zeldunrust, Coordinator of Clean Clothes Campaign, unpack how this might happen - and why it must.
    Find all the links and further reading in the shownotes at thewardrobecrisis.com/podcast
    Tell us what you think on Instagram:
    @thewardrobecrisis @mrspress
    @fashionrevolution
    @goodclothesfairpay

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    • 46 min
    Lessons from the Fashion History Books - Rachel Elspeth Gross's Fab Instagram Feed

    Lessons from the Fashion History Books - Rachel Elspeth Gross's Fab Instagram Feed

    What Can Fashion History Teach Us About Sustainability? Which fashion figures tower over the history books? Who’s fame stands the test of time, and who gets forgotten - and why? What can we learn from wartime rationing and the Make Do & Mend movement? How was life when home-sewing used to be the norm rather than exception? What new materials rocked the runways in the 1960s, and did disposable fashion originate with a faddish paper dress?
    This week, we take a look at some of the sustainability angles and moral dilemmas from fashion history’s archives, with American fashion historian Rachel Elspeth Gross. It’s a conversation is full of intriguing stories from fashion’s past, that might help make sense of the present – or encourage us to look at it in new ways.
    Find all the links and further reading in the shownotes at thewardrobecrisis.com/podcast
    Tell us what you think on Instagram @thewardrobecrisis @mrspress
    Find Rachel @rachel.elspeth.gross

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    • 54 min
    Extraordinary Invention! Could Mark Herrema's Air Carbon Change the Plastics Game?

    Extraordinary Invention! Could Mark Herrema's Air Carbon Change the Plastics Game?

    How one company is turning greenhouse gases into a plastic alternative that biodegrades.
    As Scientific American points out, "carbon is the giver of life - your skin and hair, blood and bone, muscle and sinews all depend on carbon. Bark, leaf, root and flower; fruit and nut; pollen and nectar; bee and butterfly; Doberman and dinosaur—all incorporate essential carbon. Every cell in your body—indeed, every part of every cell—relies on a sturdy backbone of carbon." Carbon isn't a monster - although it's sometimes painted that way.
    Carbon dioxide, however, is obviously causing us serious problems. We can't keep pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Reducing emissions and switching to renewables are the obvious first ports of call. But might we also be able to rethink unwanted greenhouse gases as a feedstock - something useful that we could turn into a product?
    That's what this week's guest is proposing. Meet Mark Herrema, co-founder and CEO of Newlight Technologies, the company behind Air Carbon. He’s hoping this bio-based material will revolutionise the plastics industry. And Nike agrees...
    Find all the links and further reading in the shownotes at thewardrobecrisis.com/podcast
    Tell us what you think on Instagram @thewardrobecrisis @mrspress

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
290 Ratings

290 Ratings

ell.olo ,

Get informed with Clare Press

An extraordinarily informative podcast featuring fashion and sustainability experts to provide a holistic education about our clothes, who makes them, and sustainable living generally. A rare mix of real information, coupled to inspiring action. Knowledge is power, love this podcast.

Penny D Melbourne, Aus ,

A raw treat

Carefully chosen guests and topics to expand the mind - delivered in a down to earth and enjoyable way. This podcast is a big slice of joy for those who care about the planet and also have an interest in fashion. Love it! Penny

fischofield ,

Wardrobe Crisis

II love your podcast Clare. It’s full of interesting and thoughtful conversations- thank you!

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