Fashion and Ethics (Book)

Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Volume II

Edited by Efrat Tseëlon

Fashion and Ethics focuses on issues of power, social positioning and practices among creators, producers, practitioners, wearers and consumers of fashion. With a special emphasis on the moral fabric of clothing, contributors to the book offer a critique of some of the fundamental assumptions of ethical fashion and expose how products are often framed as fair trade in order to relieve consumers' guilt.

With essays that problematize issues such as ethical fashion’s self-appointed morality, the first-world notion that the environment should take priority over human development, the conflict between business profit and ethics, the unintended agendas involved in consuming green cosmetics or ethical culinary trends and the discursive strategies of denial of the extreme cruelty in the procurement of animal skin and fur for use in fashion, Fashion and Ethics applies its uncompromising scrutiny to all areas of fashion. Throughout, the volume forces readers to confront the question: Does ethical fashion go deep enough into challenging unethical behaviour or is it just a charade of good intentions?



Introduction: A critique of the ethical fashion paradigm – EFRAT TSEËLON


Fashionable dilemmas – AUSTIN WILLIAMS

Comme il faut–where ethics is not just a brand image but a brand essence: Reflections of the CEO – SYBIL GOLDFINER

Consumers’ perceptions of ‘green’: Why and how consumers use eco-fashion and green beauty products – MARIE-CÉCILE CERVELLON AND LINDSEY CAREY

Ethical fashion and the exploitation of nonhuman – JOHN SORENSON

Global ethical culinary fashion and a local dish: Organic hummus in Israel – RAFI GROSGLIK

Aesthetic (dis)orders: Styling principles in fashion modelling – PATRÍCIA SOLEY-BELTRAN

Fashion World – models and backstages – MIRIAM TAWIL


Conference Report

Endangered Species summit review, London, March 2011

Exhibition Review

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June 17–October 2, 2011

Book Reviews

The Myth of the Ethical Consumer, Timothy M. Devinney, Pat Auger and Giana M. Eckhardt (2010)

Globalizing Responsibility: The Political Rationalities of Ethical Consumption, Clive Barnett, Paul Cloke, Nick Clarke and Alice Malpass (2011)

Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers, Giorgio Riello and Peter McNeil (eds) (2011)

Book Reports

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital, Catherine Hakim (2011)

Israel Fashion Art – 1948–2008, Nurit Bat-Yaar (2010)

Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity, Alla Myzelev and John Potvin (eds) (2010)

'The volume is instrumental in beginning to figure out what it means to cultivate an ethical response writ large when confronted with choices as consumers'

Insights (Parsons the New School for Design), Amie Zimmer

'Ethically conscientious designers and consumers need more journals like Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Volume 2, Issue 1–2. (This book is comprised of articles from the journal Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Volume 2)'

Fashion Theory, Anita Marosszèky
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