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Condé Nast launches The Sustainable Glossary in partnership with Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Written by L Constantinou
Published date 20 May 2020

Condé Nast has announced the launch of the Sustainable Fashion Glossary, in partnership with LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. It is the first global resource on sustainable fashion and the industry’s role in the climate emergency.

The Glossary forms part of the company’s commitment to becoming a voice for change, and is designed to strengthen and develop sustainability literacy, by providing guidance on key terms and emerging topics.

Wolfgang Blau Global Chief Operating Officer & President, International, Condé Nast said:

“To raise awareness for the global climate crisis is crucial, but it is now equally important to move global climate debate forward and to focus on possible solutions. For that debate about how to make fashion more sustainable, our industry needs a shared language and a set of scientifically curated definitions we can all refer to. We will keep updating the glossary with the help of our academic partners.”

With input from a global network of academics and Vogue Editors-in-Chief, who identified the need for stronger editorial guidelines and educational resources for coverage on sustainable fashion, the glossary will be published as a digital resource, open to all and regularly updated.

The Sustainable Fashion Glossary by Condé Nast is:

  • An easy-to-use guide, divided into categories which relate to sustainability in fashion: its cultures, materials, production, buying habits and care practices.
  • Written with over 250 terms, fully referenced for further reading.
  • Broken down into four key themes: climate emergency; environmental impacts of fashion; social, cultural and economic impacts of fashion, and key elements of fashion and sustainability, plus 10 sub-themes that cover must-know aspects of fashion and sustainability.
  • Regularly updated with new definitions to reflect the evolving debates about climate emergency, fashion, and societal change.

Dilys Williams, Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, commented:

“What we stand up in, should reflect what we stand up for. It’s time to question whether we are being well represented, as well as whether we are well presented. We can create a new era of beauty and style borne out of an understanding and intimate connection with our most precious asset; the earth, the greatest designer the world has ever known. By working with the world’s leading fashion Editors-in Chief at Vogue, we have been able to develop a vital glossary of terms, a trusted reference point, regarding fashion as a means to exemplify our interdependence with nature and each other.”

The Sustainable Fashion Glossary by Condé Nast can be accessed here.