Diagram by Magali An Berthon, © Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design, 2016.

The fashion and textile industry is an intricate business. Do you know how it works? From fiber to fabric, fabric to garment, to purchase, use, and ultimately the disposal of the garment, this complex chain of production involves multiple processes, which all are highly energy-intensive and produce different kinds of waste.

Fletcher, Kate. Sustainable Fashion & Textiles: Design Journeys (First Ed.). New York: Routledge, 2008, 47.
Gwilt, Alison. A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion. New York: Fairchild Books, 2014.

About the Author

Magali An Berthon is a textile researcher and designer, focusing in particular on world textile crafts and sustainable fashion. After an MFA in textile design in Paris, she studied textile history at the Fashion Institute of Technology NY on a Fulbright fellowship in 2014. Since June 2015, she is a curatorial fellow at the Textile Department at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Scraps Stories

This post is part of the blog series Scraps Stories dedicated to exploring sustainable textiles and fashion, in relation to the exhibition Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse.

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