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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 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.

    Culture, Connection & Mentoring Indigenous Fashion Talent - Model Charlee Fraser

    Culture, Connection & Mentoring Indigenous Fashion Talent - Model Charlee Fraser

    In March 2020, Grace Lillian Lee and Teagan Cowlishaw announced Australia's first ever Indigenous fashion council - First Nations Fashion & Design. In December, they held their first fashion show - Walking in Two Worlds. But don't expect just any old runway. This is a beautiful story about reframing the fashion discourse, connecting to country, and mentoring emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion talent.

    Grace is this week's #sharethepodcastmic guest host and she's in conversation with First Nations Fashion + Design ambassador - model Charlee Fraser. Charlee is a proud Awabakal woman and a beautiful spirt. She's also a Paris fashion week favourite with multiple magazine covers under her belt. Follow her on Instagram here.

    Find First Nations Fashion + Design here.

    You can find extensive notes & links on what you hear at www.thewardrobecrisis/podcast

    Thank you to our sponsors Bendigo Art Gallery.  

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    • 41 min
    First Nations Fabulous - Australian Indigenous Fashion

    First Nations Fabulous - Australian Indigenous Fashion

    Happy new year! Welcome back to Series 5, #sharethepodcastmic

    Why are all eyes are on Indigenous Australian fashion right now? Try 60,000 years of sustainability... "We're the original fashion industry in this country," says this week's guest host Yatu Widders-Hunt of the vibrant, continuously evolving First Nations fashion and design sector.

    In this Episode, we hear from curator Shonae Hobson about her Piinpi exhibition - the first major survey of contemporary Indigenous Australian fashion to be undertaken in this country. And from designers Julie Shaw of Maara Collective and Teagan Cowlishaw of Aarli.

    You can find extensive notes & links at www.thewardrobecrisis/podcast

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    • 42 min
    Degendering Fashion - Alok Vaid-Menon

    Degendering Fashion - Alok Vaid-Menon

    Why does so much fashion still cling to strict men's and womenswear codes? Is the industry finally ready to shake off tired old binaries and embrace the trans and gender-nonconforming community? Or is Harry Styles' Vogue cover about as far as it goes?

    For this week's #sharethepodcastmic episode, sustainable fashion journalist Aditi Mayer is in charge.

    She's interviewing Alok Vaid-Menon about their new book, Beyond the Gender Binary. Alok is a gender-nonconforming poet, author, performance artist and designer.

    Up for discussion: everything from gender neutral fashion, to the limitations of  representation to what it means to truly redefine beauty. Also, fashion has been largely silent on the rising wave of transphobia, says Alok, yet continues to draw inspiration from gender-nonconforming people.

    This episode is a powerful call to designers "take it as an ethical imperative to de-gender their lines" and to "everyone, regardless of your gender, to make this an issue."

    It's time for all of us to start asking difficult questions, say Alok. "Asking our favourite brands, our favourite designers: why do you continue to gender your product? What is the purpose of this? The next piece is, how are we subverting gender tropes in our own lives? Are we dressing to fit an idea of what women or men should be, or are we dressing for ourselves?" 

    Here’s Aditi on Instagram.

    Find Alok on their website here.

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    • 46 min
    Kalkidan Legesse - Black-Owned Business & How to be an Ethical Boss

    Kalkidan Legesse - Black-Owned Business & How to be an Ethical Boss

    For this week's #sharethepodcastmic episode, Aja Barber is in charge.

    She's interviewing her friend, Kalkidan Legesse, founder of Sancho’s - a pioneering Black-owned sustainable fashion store in Exeter in the UK.

    Sancho's sells ethical and fair trade clothing, gifts and accessories from sustainable fashion brands like People Tree, Armedangels, Lefrik and Just Trade. They also really innovate with their pricing accessibility - and you'll hear all about that in this interview.

    What else gets unpacked? Kalkidan's Ethiopian roots and how returning to Addis Ababa as an adult sparked the idea for Sancho's. The million racist micro-aggressions people of colour face in the fashion industry (and everywhere else), who gets the power, and how to be an ethical leader.

    Here’s Aja on IG.

    Here’s Kalkidan’s own website. Here’s Sancho’s on Instagram.

    www.sanchosstore.co

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    • 52 min
    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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