A new project by Westminster Menswear MA student Priya Ahluwalia showcases both her graduate collection, and the urgent need for change in the way we manufacture clothes.
Fashion has a colossal waste problem. The western world’s reliance upon fast-fashion -- high-speed, low-cost production of cheap clothing -- has created a beast that no one is quite sure how to tame. The production of just one T-shirt, it's reported, creates roughly the same carbon footprint as driving a car for ten miles, and uses 2,700 litres of water in the process. Combine this with the genetically modified cottons and toxic chemicals used in clothing production, and you’ve got yourself an industry that accounts for ten percent of global carbon emissions, second only to oil in polluting the world.