25 Nov '17, 10am

The Cultural Value of Second-Hand Clothes | Centre for Sustainable Fashion

The Cultural Value of Second-Hand Clothes | Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Second-hand clothing is somewhat contentious. Buying used clothing, quite obviously, is one of the easiest ways to improve your fashion sustainability, however, clothing brands will never encourage it, as their business model revolves around consumers buying more and more, at an ever increasing pace, new clothes. Used clothes are often imbued with a poetic sense of loss, a reminder of the body that once inhabited them. My MA History of Dress teacher, for example, admitted that she couldn’t bring herself to wear second-hand clothes because they felt like ghosts of the previous owners, still marked and affected by the body that used to wear them. She is an amazing teacher, but, I fundamentally disagree with her stance on second-hand clothes. I remember sitting in class, listening to these views wearing a blue and white striped jumper that was handed down to me, second-hand, ...

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