Fashion Law – WFMFR recommends:


Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future (2015) by Jennifer Farley Gordon and Collen Hill. Bloomsbury

Jennifer Farley Gordon and Colleen Hill give us a multifaceted approach about sustainable and ethical fashion, from eighteen century to the present and future times, including interviews with eco-fashion designers. Each of the six chapters is dedicated to the discussion of:

  • Repurposed and Recycled Clothing and Textiles
  • Quality of Craftsmanship
  • Material Origins (Natural fibres, cotton, wool, hemp, manmade fibres, rayon, bamboo, lyocell, synthetic fibres, Nylon and Polyester)
  • Textile Dyeing (Synthetic dyes, environmental concerns related to environmental pollution and possible solutions)
  • Labour Practices (textile mills, Garment Factories, unionisation, the resurgence of sweatshops, subcontracting, and the ‘Runaway Shop’, combating poor labor practices, historical perspectives on labor at Madeleine Vionnet, Elizabeth Hawes and Max Meyer  
  • Treatment of animals   

The authors will present their book on 1 October at Museum at FIT (New York). Register to attend the event:


Sustainable Fashion. What’s Next? A Conversation about Issues, Practices and Possibilities (2nd edition, 2015) by Janet Hethron and Connie Ulasewicz. Bloomsbury.


The book presents a collection of essays about sustainability in fashion industry, namely the challenges that designers, product developers and consumers confront as they create, wear and recycle clothing and fashion.  Each section is dedicated to the discussion of:

  • Social Responsibility/Sustainable Practices, for instance: responsibility and innovation in the sewn products industry, social media as a tool for social change or the challenges faced by the decision makers and the decision doers. 
  • Production and Economic Processes in the Global Economy, for instance: zero waste fashion design, economic impact of textile and clothing recycling, technology and sustainable futures or a model of sustainable apparel industry initiatives in Sri Lanka.
  • Sustainable material and sourcing as well as alternate approaches to design and engagement. 


Social Responsibility in the Global Apparel Industry (2009) by Marsha A. Dickson, Suzanne Loker and Molly Eckman. Bloomsbury.

An analysis of how corporate strategy and decisions made throughout the global supply chain can increase social responsibility and how leading apparel and footwear brands and retailers attempt to solve child labour, harassment and abuse, discrimination, excessive hours of work, low wages, poor factory health and safety, and negative impacts on the environment. The book shows that it is possible to change the apparel industry in order to respect human rights and the environment. The readers can learn about: the cultural, economic and political dimensions of social responsibility, the relationship between social responsibility of companies and human rights and sustainable development, stakeholder theory, key stakeholders for social responsibility, how manufactures and retailers organize for social responsibility, strategies for environmental responsibility and the future of social responsibility in the apparel industry.