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THE LATEST — FASHION

In 2016, I spent $6500 on fashion. In 2017, I bought only Australian-made clothes. In 2018, I spent $9 on a pre-loved outfit, but otherwise, bought no new clothes. Yep, I tried the minimalist thing and bought nothing for 365 days.

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When hundreds of people sit in the same room for the same reason, our differences disappear. We come together to enjoy fashion, to connect, to shape our own fashion futures.

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Presented by The Fashion Advocate, IDENTITY is a culmination of our national design story. Through fashion and design, we advocate for social justice, environmental sustainability, and global equality.

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Jane Milburn's book, Slow Clothing, sits on my desk as a daily reminder. Stacked on top of titles from Clare Press and Lisa Messenger, Jane's book is a sustainability bible, and it comes in handy when I'm looking for new ways to mend or reuse something I've outlived or fallen out of love with.

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Working with sterling silver and rose gold elements to communicate her love of Mother Earth's majesty, Aimee Fairman employs multi-sensory immersive installation, kinetic sculpture and photography to engage with ideas of psycho-geographical landscapes.

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I am Aboriginal. I am also English, Australian and a little Eastern European according to Ancestory.com, but my great, great grandmother was Aboriginal, and she was born in Tasmania.

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Online shopping is great, but plastic packaging is not. Only 14 per cent of plastic is recovered from landfill for recycling in Australia and the rest is buried or accidentally washed out to sea. 

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When I met Ms Press at the Melbourne launch of her most recent book, Rise & Resist, she was exactly as I thought she’d be. She was beautiful, she was very English, hilarious, honest, and nonchalant about her celebrity status.

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Fast fashion provides jobs for thousands of women who don’t have employment options in disadvantaged countries. When a fast fashion CEO earns a garment workers lifetime wage in just four days, there is a serious problem with the logic of this argument.

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Elena Antoniou is a reformed shopaholic. It takes guts to say that after years of binging on H&M and Topshop, but she’s now a loud and proud ethical underwear advocate.

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If you've been trying to start an ethical fashion label in Australia and you're facing roadblocks, the solution is simple: invest in your knowledge and find the right people to help you piece together your supply chain.

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This entire outfit has made by a woman who I’ve known for more than half a decade. She has children, she is passionate, she is incredibly talented, and she has never swayed from her values, remaining ethical and Australian made. 

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With every online purchase at The Fashion Advocate, we donate to three Australian charities through i=Change, empowering hundreds of women around the country.

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Bees are amongst the most important creatures to humans on Earth and they pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 human food crops.

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Harlow is a fashion label that ticks all the boxes. It is sustainable, Australian owned and made, size-inclusive, ethical and accessible.

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A truly sustainable wardrobe is one that you can mix and match, wear year-round, layer, and live in, and that's swimwear included.

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In between meeting Carla Zampatti and talking all things sustainability with Ronni Khan, these three golden nuggets of advice stuck with me the most.

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The Kangan Institute Rags to Runway showcase proved that through collaboration and the right motivation, sustainability is genuinely possible for the fashion industry.

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In the 90s, we were blonde and skinny bombshells. Today, we are empowered, diverse and determined – and none of that has anything to do with what we look like.

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Now that Melbourne’s last artisan pleater is threatened, it’s clear the Australian fashion manufacturing industry is feeling the pinch.

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Vintage fashion is the antitheist of fast fashion, and buying preloved clothing is a sustainable way to shop. If it’s not something you’ve ever done before, now is the perfect time to dip your toes in a world of all things yesteryear.

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The Raisin Dit It now in its fifteenth year of operation, but it’s been a unique slow fashion label with a vintage-inspired twist from the very beginning.

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Values are what make us human. Values are what connect us, but they’re also what separates us. I value ethics and sustainability, and Burberry values their ‘reputation’, which is why they burn their end of season stock.

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Margaret Mead was the one who said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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