The Next Black

21st May 2014

With the world of fashion in flux about issues surrounding sustainability, wearable electronics and future consumption, AEG have commissioned a beautiful and thought provoking film exploring where the future of fashion sits at the intersection of technology, biology and sustainability.

Titled The Next Black the films thoughtful approach talks to pioneers in this field to include Nancy Tilbury at Studio XO, Suzanne Lee who pioneered bioCouture as well as Patagonia and Adidas.

As well as more well known innovators in this area they also introduce us to a waterless dyeing technique that uses 50% less energy and 50% less water than current widely used dyeing processes.

Using super critical carbon dioxide to dye the fabrics, Sophie Mather from YEH explains the impact that dyeing textiles has on our environment and the impact that fast fashion has had on the tonnes of textiles made and dyed each year. Contextualising the enormity of the impact of the hidden side of fashion, Mather along with the others in the film eloquently puts the future impact of fashion into reality.

As the narrator highlights in the film, which future will reign supreme in the fashion world, be it tech or biology or simply the consumer taking a more caring role in consuming less is unknown, but what is known is that something certainly does have to change.

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