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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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    • Fashion & Beauty
    • 4.9 • 132 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.

    Aja Barber - Catalysing Ethical Fashion Change

    Aja Barber - Catalysing Ethical Fashion Change

    A note from Clare:

    Welcome to Series 5, Share the Podcast Mic. After everything that's happened this year, we wanted to shake things up and share the power of this beautiful platform with some of the BIPOC voices leading the conversation in sustainability and ethical fashion. So after this episode, I'll be passing the Wardrobe Crisis mic onto them. Each will interview a person of their choice. 

    Your guest hosts are some of the most exciting, dynamic, inspirational voices working in this space today - as are their guests. I couldn't be more grateful to them all for sharing their experiences with us, and being part of this project. 

    I'm excited to bring you this contextual episode with the brilliant sustainable fashion writer, activist and stylist Aja Barber, before I pass the mic on to her as our very first guest host next week.

    It's all up discussion today: from allyship (when brands get it wrong & how to get it right) to fashion billionaires; white fragility, the dreaded Karens, and coddling vs. discomfort. We talk about how the system is rigged but we have the power to change it. Aja's vision for a sustainable fashion future? Press play to find out.

    Find us at www.thewardrobecrisis.com

    Aja's on Instagram here.

    Follow her Patreon here.

    Can you help us spread the word about this series? Use the hashtags #sharethepodcastmic #wardrobecrisisguesthosts

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    • 45 min
    Disabled People Love Clothes Too - Keah Brown on Fashion's Inclusivity Failings, Self Love & Practicing Joy

    Disabled People Love Clothes Too - Keah Brown on Fashion's Inclusivity Failings, Self Love & Practicing Joy

    For all the talk of inclusivity finally being taken seriously by fashion, the industry is way behind on many fronts. It basically ignores entire sections of the market, which makes no sense from a business perspective, and let alone a social one.

    Adaptive fashion is both an opportunity and a necessity - as this week's brilliant guest, author Keah Brown says, disabled people love clothes too. And they're tired of having to alter things that don't work for them. Accessible, adaptive design is the future, and forward-looking brands are taking note.

    Our chat covers everything from Keah's New York Fashion Week debut and how her hashtag #disabledandcute went viral to writing her first screen play and the finding joy in the everyday. This is an enlightening, bright interview full of inspiration. What a treat to have Keah on the podcast.

    Let us know what you think. You can find Clare on Instagram and Twitter.

    Keah's website is here.

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    • 53 min
    What is Fashion For? A Conversation about Meaning with Levi's Brainiac Paul Dillinger

    What is Fashion For? A Conversation about Meaning with Levi's Brainiac Paul Dillinger

    Philosophy! The Internet of Things! Irvin Penn! From not being Mozart to designing outfits for The Muppets, as a kid... It's all up for discussion in this week's ep with Levi's Vice President of Global Product Innovation, Paul Dillinger. 

    Paul drove Jacquard by Google, so of course we talk about that, and the future of tech innovation in fashion particularly around wearables. But fundamentally, this is a conversation about why we wear what we wear, what fashion means and how we've used it across time to craft our identities. Oh, and sustainability.

    Basically, this is why we love to make podcasts. And Paul is the greatest. Enjoy!

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    • 43 min
    David Breslauer - Spiders! Mushrooms! Fashion Biotech and Bolt Threads

    David Breslauer - Spiders! Mushrooms! Fashion Biotech and Bolt Threads

    "You can't farm spiders!" says this week's guest, scientist David Breslauer.

    You can keep more them in serious numbers spinning webs off hula-hoops suspended from your office ceiling though...

    Enter Bolt Threads, the Californian biotech company behind Microsilk - a bioengineered sustainable fibre used by Stella McCartney. Find out how they did it, where the science is headed, and what’s next (hint, it's involves mushrooms). Just don’t call David Spider Man.

    Find our more at www.thewardrobecrisis.com

    Love the show? Don't forget to hit subscribe. You can contact host Clare Press on Instagram here, and follow the show here.

     

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    • 47 min
    Jeans Genius Francois Girbaud - Rebelling Since 1964

    Jeans Genius Francois Girbaud - Rebelling Since 1964

    How did denim get so unsustainable? And did it all start with stone washing? Our guest this week accepts responsibility for the industry going so hard on that.

    Francois Girbaud was there at the start, when, as he says “I was just a stupid guy” - and didn’t know about the environmental impact of stone washing. After that, of course, came acid wash, sandblasting, all the rest of it.

    So, yes, we discuss all the important environmental stuff, but this is an epic interview about Paris, the history of fashion, and the birth of cool - with a great many pinch-me stories!

    Outspoken, unafraid, and a true original, Francois Girbaud is fashion pioneer.

    Meet the man who brought denim to Paris in 1964 with his boutique Western House, who dressed Jimi Hendrix, counted Brigitte Bardot as a customer, and wanted to be a cowboy like John Wayne.

    This is a rare chance to hang out with one of the great fashion characters. ENJOY!

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    • 38 min
    Chemicals in Fashion Supply Chains

    Chemicals in Fashion Supply Chains

    What’s in my clothes? If you’re asking that question, you probably expect the answer to be about fabric content. Polyester? Cotton? Wool maybe, or silk. But what about chemicals? You won’t find these listed on your typical garment label.

    Last Series, Clare interviewed Greenpeace activist Kirsten Brodde, who led the Detox My Fashion campaign, launched in 2011, to force fashion to wake up to the toxic trail of textile production. So what’s changed since then? 

    Chemistry in fashion is still not a mainstream topic, and most people have no idea about chemical use in clothing production. But the fashion industry has made headway.

    The Greenpeace campaign succeeded in making fashion take action. Initially 6 brands got behind the formation of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme, with the aim of removing hazardous chemicals from apparel and footwear supply chains by 2020. It’s called Roadmap to Zero.

    Discover how it works, learn about the wins and find out what’s left to be done.

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

ecpresher ,

Clare is the best of the best!

Clare is lovely, and a fantastic interviewer (great listener, asks the right questions, has always done her research and really allows us to dive deeper). This is my favorite podcast!

cmm246888 ,

Great host & outstanding content

I was first drawn to this podcast because of my interest in secondhand, sustainable fashion. However, I have loved every single episode and have learned a great deal along the way. Clare is a wonderful host - she asks insightful industry questions and also engages guests on a more personal level. Highly recommended!

ShannonMWelch ,

The best sustainable podcast out there

Clare’s ability to tell stories and engage her guests in entertaining and informing conversations makes Wardrobe Crisis my favorite podcasts to listen to!

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