Style With Substance – Bonus Episode Fashion After COVID-19

Image: AP Photo/ Al-emrun Garion 

In this special bonus episode we discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the fashion industry and what the landscape might look like post lockdown.

Bonus Episode – Show Notes

Fashion After COVID-19 with Livia van Heerde Style With Substance Podcast

As we recorded this episode, the societal landscape throughout the world was shifted yet again, in a hugely profound way. A social revolution is following after the brutal death of George Flloyd at the hands of Police in Minnesotta, USA was filmed. Protests have taken place around the world and social media has been abuzz with black people calling out racism. It has also begun a global discussion around allyship, anti racism and equal rights. This was initially meant to be an episode discussing the effect of COVID-19 on the fashion industry however it is important that when talking about ethics and sustainability we also talk about equal rights. And there’s no getting away from the huge gap in equality that exists in society, and within the fashion industry.

In this bonus episode we speak to Livia van Heerde, not only is she an interesting voice in the sustainable fashion space but she is also studying Environmental science. Livia writes about environmental sustainability and social responsibility as well as appearing on many panel discussions. 

Fashion After COVID-19 with Livia van Heerde Union Busting

Image: Union members in Myanmar are being fired and mistreated under the guise of issues arising from lockdown. So far they have received no support from the brands they make for.

Fashion After COVID-19 with Livia van Heerde

Image: Workers from WINDY group factory in Bangladesh stage a protest after the factory was closed and 3000 workers were left without pay.

We discuss the plight of Bangladeshi garment workers, many of whom have been laid off due to $1.5 Billion of cancelled orders from big fashion brands. Union busting is now rife in Myanmar. Union members are being fired under the guise of financial difficulties as a result of lockdowns and cancelled orders. Closer to home, the  Black Lives Matter movement is gaining momentum and we have seen fashion brands publish disingenuous statements of support for the black community. We question how brands will be implementing strategies to support black people going forwards throughout their companies and in their supply chains. With fashion week coming up, what will be the future of the fashion show? Livia explains the carbon footprint of fashion shows and events and asks whether we will see the privatisation or the further democratisation of fashion? She also shines light on the environmental impact of shopping online, and the problem of buying to return. 

Fashion After COVID-19 with Livia van Heerde

With thanks to our lovely guest Livia van Heerde

Resources Mentioned Within the Episode

Clean Clothes Campaign

Labour Behind The Label


Eco Age Report Expsoing Boohoo


Host Lucy Kebbell

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