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Condé Nast launches a sustainable fashion glossary

Sadiyah Ismailjee
11 June 2020

Condé Nast has announced the launch of The Sustainable Fashion Glossary, an authoritative global resource on sustainable fashion and the fashion industry’s role in the climate emergency.

The Glossary forms part of the company’s commitment to becoming a voice for change, and is designed to strengthen and develop sustainability literacy by providing guidance on key sustainability terms and emerging topics.

The Sustainable Fashion Glossary is the product of a partnership with Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London (UAL), with input from Vogue Editors-in-Chief and reviewed by a network of academics and sustainability researchers from around the world.

The Sustainable Fashion Glossary by Condé Nast is:

  • An easy-to-use guide, divided into categories which relate to sustainability in fashion: its cultures, materials, production, buying habits and care practices.
  • A digital resource, open to all and available at
  • Written with over 250 terms, fully referenced for further reading. Broken down into four key themes: climate emergency; environmental impacts of fashion; social, cultural and economic impacts of fashion, and key elements of fashion and sustainability, plus 10 sub-themes that cover must-know aspects of fashion and sustainability.
  • Regularly updated with new definitions to reflect the evolving debates about climate emergency, fashion, and societal change. 

    Wolfgang Blau, Global Chief Operating Officer & President, International, Condé Nast said: “To raise awareness for the global climate crisis is crucial, but it is now equally important to move the global climate debate forward and to focus on possible solutions. For that debate about how to make fashion more sustainable, our industry needs a shared language and a set of scientifically curated definitions we can all refer to. We will keep updating the glossary with the help of our academic partners.”

    The Glossary was developed as Vogue Editors-in-Chief identified the need for stronger editorial guidelines and educational resources for coverage on sustainable fashion.

    The Glossary will help assist editorial teams and audiences worldwide, strengthening the company’s authority as a trusted voice in the public sustainability debate.

    Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability and Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Dilys Williams commented: “What we stand up in, should reflect what we stand up for. It’s time to question whether we are being well represented, as well as whether we are well presented. We can create a new era of beauty and style borne out of an understanding and intimate connection with our most precious asset; the earth, the greatest designer the world has ever known. By working with the world’s leading fashion Editors-in Chief at Vogue, we have been able to develop a vital glossary of terms, a trusted reference point, regarding fashion as a means to exemplify our interdependence with nature and each other.”

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