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THE LATEST — Ethical

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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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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It is one thing to make ethical and sustainable fashion but it is another to lift women up and out of poverty, helping them to rebuild their lives and supporting their positive futures.

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Leanne is one of those people who see the bigger picture, and while Burnt Country may be a small little hand-dying business, her impact is big.

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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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Ethical fashion is about the people behind it, the intent and the impact of it, and it's the kind of fashion you want to be involved in.

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Designer Tereena Lucas has a way of amazing me with every collection, and I’m like a moth to a flame when one of her rings are in the room. 

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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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Sasha Morello is the founder and CEO of The Clean Skin Movement, a skincare range made from superfoods rather than synthetic ingredients, and she stands by her belief that health and happiness can go hand in hand.

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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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