‘Eco Fashion’ by Sass Brown was published late last year. It joins a quickly expanding topic area of books with vastly varying qualities. This book is great overview of the industry, but is not an academic text. Sass Brown is a Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and the book takes an American view, which is a slight downside, just because many of the designers are based in the US.
After a short introduction, the bulk of the book profiles around a hundred designers, including lots I hadn’t heard of! It is split into 5 chapters showcasing brands that are ethical in different ways, such as fair trade and slow design. It’s a lovely shiny book, easy to read and a nice addition to the book shelf.