ROOTS: Fashion, Passion and Compassion
Dr. Monika Hauck held a keynote speach at the Creative Mornings Düsseldorf event on how she lost and then regained her passion for the fashion industry.
Fashion is deeply rooted in culture and our individual perception of identity. However, clothes we choose to wear often do not align with our values. In the 21st century, consumerism and fast fashion got woven in the fabric of our culture. While fast fashion democratized fashion and allowed everyone to communicate through clothing regardless of their economic backgrounds, the modern fashion industry came with major social and environmental costs. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (2018), the fashion industry produces 20 percent of global wastewater and 10 percent of global carbon emissions, which is more than all international flights and maritime shipping. The industry is also known for its poor working conditions and gender-based inequality, which remains a problem from the highest levels of management to the factory floor, making fast fashion also a feminist issue. There are numerous people involved in the process. Hence, every piece of clothing carry its story, the story of its origin. As consumers, we are constantly voting with our wallets and by a simple act of asking a question, “who made my clothes” we can start a revolution.
Learn more and watch the the full video recording of the talk.