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At the moment, there is not an universal set of standards established for the definition of a sustainable stylist. However, whether they add the sustainable descriptor to their positions or not, these fashion stylists are making their mark in a new and eco-conscious way.
After years of noticing the negative impacts of the fashion industry on the environment, Cassandra Dittmer made a commitment to herself. If she was going to stay in the industry, she would align her business practices closer to her own personal beliefs centering transparency, inclusion and community. Since then, the LA-based creative has immersed herself in eco-conscious styling by fostering relationships with both established and emerging brands, designers and creatives at the forefront of sustainable technologies and practices. Through her refined aesthetic and curatorial eye backed by this international network, Cassandra is building a more sustainable world while promising direct access to exclusive products for her styling clients and creative collaborators.
In 2013, after the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, Laura Jones decided to focus her attention on the harmful impacts of fashion such as environmental degradation and systemic racism. Now she uses fashion and style to educate customers and brands on the effects of climate change and to understand how they can implement sustainability in their own practices. For this purpose, the creative storyteller launched the digital magazine The Frontlash and the workshop series Creatives Against Climate Change in order to inform and galvanize her audience as advocates for climate justice in fashion. Recognizing the power of storytelling, Laura is determined to move people through stories in service of social change.
Over the years, Shibon Kennedy has also noticed a shift within the industry as brands become more receptive to incorporating sustainability and inclusion in their practices. For the American publication Fader, she styled a shoot with a wardrobe curated exclusively by vintage retailer James Veloria. Shibon was involved in the styling of a shoot as well for the print magazine Primary Paper in which all pieces had to come from either sustainable, upcycled or recycled brands. Although she wouldn’t necessarily label her work as sustainable, Shibon has always carried with her a greater intention when it comes to her styling projects.
Having provided fashion direction in editorials for publications like Numero and Vogue and serviced major brands like Stella McCartney, Rachael Wang is one of the most sought-after stylists in the business. However, she has also made a name for herself as a champion of sustainability in fashion. The Chinese-American stylist is passionate about assisting her clients to work in more intentional ways that reduce harm to the environment, improve the conditions of workers, and uplift the communities they serve. Through the lens of equity and sustainability, Rachael helps brands develop cultural relevance and edge while maintaining the integrity of their brand identity.
For Lexyrose Boiardo, the days of fast fashion trends and the overconsumption of the fashion industry are gradually coming to an end. Staying true to her values in every aspect of the styling process, she works carefully with brands and designers that champion strong ethics and sustainable practices such as a no-waste approach and upcycling techniques. This dedication has even influenced some of her work for clients. For Vogue Italia, Lexyrose was asked to work on a sustainability story and had everyone in her studio collect and keep all the garbage three weeks prior to the shoot. From that garbage, the fashion stylist was able to transform waste into reusable material that was then created into a dress for the editorial.