The Sustainable Fashion Handbook

Sandy Black


This sourcebook on all aspects of sustainable fashion encompasses not only the environmental issues presented by a wasteful and fast-moving fashion cycle but also the social impact of the global fashion industry, which employs up to forty million people worldwide in manufacturing and agriculture.

Sandy Black has assembled contributions from a diverse group with a range of perspectives: designers and technicians, academics and journalists, environmental and social action campaigners, craft specialists and artists, eco-entrepreneurs and representatives of global corporations. Each chapter presents essays by leading writers and thinkers; interviews and statements from designers such as Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Hussein Chalayan; and case studies on everything from the life cycle of jeans to smart textiles and fair trade projects.


Accessible and highly relevant to current fashion students, this book is information-dense, authoritative, and wide ranging …

— Publishers Weekly

Black’s sourcebook reinforces the notion that fashion, rather than being the most ephemeral and toxic of necessary and everyday design arts, can also be made manifest in clothing that is passed down through appreciative generations.

— Designers & Books

Presents a complex view that is more focused on solutions and innovations than on accusation of wasteful companies and practices…Recommended.

— Choice

[A] treatise on the seemingly contradictory concept of sustainable fashion.

— Protoview


Sandy Black


Sandy Black is a professor of fashion and textile design and technology at the London College of Fashion. Her previous books include Knitwear in Fashion.