Assoc. Prof. Şölen Kipöz, Lecturer from Department of Fashion and Textile Design, Izmir University of Economics (IUE), launched the second edition of her book titled, “Sustainable Fashion” in which she addresses the latest trends in fashion and gives tips about reviving old clothing. The book of Assoc. Prof. Şölen Kipöz, which includes information about her scientific studies and exhibitions up until today, has been published by ‘Yeni İnsan Yayınları’. Assoc. Prof. Kipöz, who indicated that she was very happy about readers’ interest, and positive feedbacks about her book nationwide, said that she was working on her new book called, “Slow Fashion”, to be published in a short time.
“This book addresses a need”
Assoc. Prof. Kipöz reported that her “Sustainable Fashion” titled book, end result of her long-term studies, includes information and opinions that might attract everyone’s attention. Sharing the details about her book, Assoc. Prof. Kipöz said, “The topic of sustainable fashion in our country is a fairly new scientific field, and addresses a major need in that sense. I hope the number of such publications increase in the near future. The book is a reflection of my lifelong academic studies and impressions. In my book, I discussed the ethics in fashion sector, by making a reference to lack of sustainability and sensitivity. Fashion became an unsustainable sector due to fast production and consumption cycle. Consumption of natural resources, in addition to environmental pollution and degradation, creates unfair working conditions due to being a labor-based sector. Series of outturns and researches I initiated with the question of ‘Is sustainable fashion possible’ was the backbone of this book. Some scientists and designers also contributed to the book with their researches and opinions. The book attracted great attention because it was able to bring academic information to the readers in a very friendly and inclusive style.”
“Important information for consumers”
In her book, Assoc. Prof. Kipöz provided design examples and methods on how to apply Ahimsa in fashion, the ethical principle of not causing harm to other living things. “I see clothing items as living creatures. I collect old clothes of my extended family. I unstitch them, combine them with waste fabric or another old clothing item, and create a new item. It is kind of an infusion between the old and the new. In my book you can find examples and recommendations on how to extend the life of clothing items and revive old clothing. Fashion, by nature, instigates change. Consumers need to ask themselves whether they really need a new clothing item or not, or how much they will like it. We should pay attention to what we are wearing as much as to what we are eating. Recommendations in the book instill the idea that within every consumer, exists a designer and a producer.”