Contributor to ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ in the Chapter: Production; Developments in Construction Techniques. Featuring ‘The Crystal Collection’.

Author: Alison Gwilt

Published by Bloomsbury 2014

A handbook for students and professionals, with contributors such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Edun and People Tree


Central Saint Martins graduate collection 2012

The aim was to create a collection which focuses on biodegradable embellishment, an often forgotten component when considering sustainability. Crystal embellishments were grown directly onto fabric, creating a new way of attaching embellishment as an alternative to it being sewn on with separate thread.

The particular chemical used to grow the crystals is safe to use and not toxic to the environment. With this in mind the materials sourced are made from biodegradable natural fibres. The Swarovski embellishment integrated in the design further highlights the controlled and uncontrolled paradox. The garments are made from materials such as wild peace silk which is a new ethical alternative as it is processed from cocoons without killing the pupae inside. Bamboo silk was another sustainable fabric choice and as well as discarded silk from Italian factories. The use of natural fibres is maintained right down to the fastenings and thread.

Sponsored by Swarovski Elements



Singer VV Brown wore a commission piece for the cover of her ‘Lollipops and Politics’ album and supporting promotional material. Furthermore her sister, musician Jay Brown, wore commission pieces for an editorial shoot for Volt magazine’s online journal ‘Volt Cafe’.

The full outfit has been modeled by designer Liora Lassalle, encompassing a dress and reverse-jacket made from limited edition double duchess satin, a product of pre-consumer waste. Supplied by Taroni Spa, via the Italian Trade Commission.