Vogue Australia Appoints Sustainability Editor-At-Large
Vogue Australia has announced the appointment of a sustainability editor-at-large and selected non other than fashion journalist and author, Clare Press.
Presenter of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast, the Australian-native decodes the fashion system, and digs deep into its effects on people and planet by discussing the real issues that face the industry today, with a focus on ethics and sustainability. She is also the author of ‘Wardrobe Crisis, How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion,’ in which she argues the case that the fashion industry is in a state of decay, and needs to be revolutionised.
Exploring the history and ethics behind what we wear and putting her fashion insider status to good use, Press covers the rise of unconscionable consumerism propelled by the department store phenomena in the 19th century, through to the advertising industry in the 20th century, and encouraged by television shows such as Sex and the City. The book reflects on how fashion lost its innocence, in its deplorable treatment of textile workers in the early 20th century and garment workers of the 21st century, most notably the Rana Plaza complex collapse in 2013, that killed 1,133 and injuring more than 2,500.
A former Voguefeatures director, Marie Claire fashion editor, a columnist for InStyle, and began her career as a senior writer at Rolling Stone, her background as a designer, brand consultant and fashion editor gives Press a unique and qualified perspective on the multi-faceted fashion problem.
“The biggest change to happen in my lifetime is already happening: climate change. Global warming and extreme weather projections are scary, but I feel hopeful – there are so many inspiring people, particularly younger women, emerging in the green movement,” says Press.
Clare Press will assume the role of sustainability editor-at-large, taking charge of ensuring Vogue Australia maintains an environmental focus moving forward. A prominent fair fashion advocate, her appointment comes in time for the release of Vogue Australia’s sustainability-focused March issue, guest edited by Emma Watson, and sees Press take charge on leading Voguein sustainable change with committed focus on sustainable fashion.