The powerful simplicity of minimalistic fashion

Long Robe Dress in Petroleum, Royal Capsule | Sustainable Fashion by ANNRO

Sustainable, desirable and minimalistic. That’s how ANNRO has been defined by its founder. We’ve already dug into fashion sustainability; now it’s the turn of minimalism. What is it, what does it imply in fashion and what is it for ANNRO?

What is minimalism?

Minimalism emerged as an artistic movement in 1960s in New York. As a direct reaction against abstract expressionism — mostly focusing on spontaneous creation and emotional intensity, minimalist art forces its viewers to contemplate the physical object itself and its properties like light, weight and height. Symbolism and elaborate metaphors are set aside; any fine art value is eschewed to leave room to a symphony of lines and geometrical forms. Materials are attentively chosen in order to ensure that the object is presented exactly as it appears, in its plainness.

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1967 at MoMa

What is minimalistic fashion?

Exactly like in visual art, minimalism in fashion concentrates both on the form and fabric. Minimalist fashion designers usually opt for the repetition of geometric lines, the utilization of unconventional materials and the choice of a monochrome palette. The designs are usually reduced to their essential elements through a process of “reductivism”, which makes the viewer concentrate on the garments’ volume, shapes and proportions rather than on the purpose of the clothing. Since they sometimes do not follow the shape of the human body, minimalist garments contribute to defy the sexualization of the female body, thus promoting a genderless, ageless and weightless style.

Tze Goh, 2012. Photo by Ross Shields

Minimalism and ANNRO

ANNRO represents all this to such an extent, that we can state that minimalism is strongly inherent to it. The purity of the lines together with the meticulous attention to aesthetic expression as well as the choice of following an ethical path evidently makes the brand stand out.

As a project that stems from simplicity but conveys meaningful messages — especially about eco-consciousness and the valorisation of beautiful designs, ANNRO’s style appears to sum up what Donald Judd defines as “the simple expression of a complex thought”, when he talks about the minimalistic art.

So, if it is true that there is beauty in simplicity, ANNRO is certainly the right choice.

The Conscious Choice of Embracing Alternatives

Elastic Waist Shirt in Black, Royal Capsule | Sustainable Fashion by ANNRO

Sustainable Fashion: The Conscious Choice of Embracing Alternatives

Embracing sustainability is now trendy. The fashion industry and its stakeholders are increasingly concerned with environmental ethics and sustainable development. But what is sustainable fashion? And what leads an always-growing number of fashion designers to choose the “green path” for their brands?

Many would argue that protecting our planet and its resources is becoming a compelling necessity. When speaking about environmental pollution and textile waste, the world of fast-fashion is certainly not exempt from criticism. Approaching ethically to textile production and building an eco-conscious business has now become a priority for both famous and, especially, new-born fashion brands, which constantly work for improving their supply chains; from the choice of fabrics, to samples’ design, garments’ manufacture and their distribution.

Long Robe Dress in Petroleum, Royal Capsule | Sustainable Fashion by ANNRO

Defined as an emergent design philosophy and ethical movement, sustainable fashion (or eco-fashion) is conceived as a form of slow fashion, which staunchly opposes to the fast- one. If fast-fashion promotes the continuous stream of new products onto the market and invites to a compulsive consume of cheap and low-quality clothes, sustainable fashion promotes the local production of longer-lasting and quality-made garments with the restoration of the traditional season collection system. Due to its constantly-evolving nature, sustainable fashion always aims at improving itself in order to minimize any undesirable effects that fashion industry has both on the environment and on all those people working on the field.

From an environmental perspective, eco-fashion firstly focuses on a careful use of natural resources (e.g. water, soil, ecosystems); a selection of renewable energy sources (e.g. wind, solar), and a maximization of products’ reuse and recycling. In this regard, eco-fashion designers usually conduct mindful and attentive analysis of the environmental impact of the fabrics that they mean to use during the stage of material sourcing and design. Raw and organic materials are chosen over synthetic fabrics; no toxic dyer is allowed. By promoting sustainable strategies of design, manufacture, transport and market textile, sustainable-fashion designers seek to actively engage consumers, thus enabling them to complete the product’s life circle by buying, using, reusing and recycling their items.

Fast fashion isn't free. Someone somewhere is paying. - Lucy Siegle

On a more socio-economic perspective, sustainable fashion places particular attention on fair trade and labour rights violation. By aligning with good and ethical codes of conduct, eco-fashion works to prevent the exploitation of factory workers — both adults and, especially, children who are still hugely involved in the process of exploitation enacted by fast-fashion production. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), indeed, the esteemed number of children involved in child labour worldwide is said to be about 260 million; of them, almost the 58% is engaged in the textile and manufacture sector. Manufacturing and marketing products ethically imply collaborations with fair-trade certified producer organisations, which support the socio-economic development of small communities — in some cases, and completely prohibit forced labour and child labour.

Through sustainable fashion, the fashion industry is moving into a new era made of conscious self-improvement and change. More and more eco-fashion designers are now choosing to build their brand identity on this new set of values based on the respect for people and environment. New possibilities and spaces for dialogue and cooperation are, thus, open for all those who decide to embrace alternatives and “wear” solidarity and eco-conscious values.

REFERENCES

Green Strategy, What Is Sustainable Fashion?:
http://www.greenstrategy.se/sustainable-fashion/what-is-sustainable-fashion/

ILO, Child Labour:
https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/child-labour/lang–en/index.htm

The Guardian, Child Labour in the Fashion Supply Chain:
https://labs.theguardian.com/unicef-child-labour/

Good on you, Ethical Fashion Certifications and Standards: What Do the Labels Mean? https://goodonyou.eco/ethical-fashion-certifications-explained/