Fashion Fix with Charli Howard

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What makes ethical dress sense for people and planet? Model Charli Howard shows us how to be sustainable and stylish with the podcast that fixes fashion while fixing the world.

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Fashion Boycott with Laura Krarup Frandsen and Rachel Clowes
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Should we boycott fashion? To make sense of ethical dress sense, model and activist Charli Howard meets two people with very different takes on fixing the fashion industry. Laura Krarup Frandsen has swapped a career in fashion for campaigning on the frontline of Extinction Rebellion. Since presenting a pile of waste as her graduate collection, she organised a funeral march outside London Fashion Week, calling for the industry showcase to be cancelled. Laura is asking people to stop buying new clothes for a year and believes it's too late for the industry to become sustainable. Rachel Clowes also trained as a fashion designer and to show that sustainability can be sparkly, she's since set up The Sustainable Sequin Company. Not content with making recycled sequins, Rachel is now developing compostable sequins made from bio-plastic. As with her own business, she believes change comes gradually and has to come from within the industry. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford Theme music: On The Sly Digital Producer: Mark Ward Production Management Assistant: Flora McWilliam. Photographer: Tricia Yourkevich Video Journalist: Olivia Bolton A BBC Radio Arts and Events production for BBC Sounds
Nov 22, 2019
Low Pay in High Fashion with @FashionAssistants and Giulia Mensitieri
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Why are fashion assistants exploited? In search of what makes ethical dress sense, model and activist Charli Howard turns her attention to the people working behind the scenes of luxury fashion. First, Charli hears from Giulia Mensitieri, an anthropologist whose book, The Most Beautiful Job in the World, exposes low pay in high fashion. Giulia followed a glamorous Parisian stylist paid in designer handbags but living off fast-food and sofa-surfing because she couldn't pay her rent. Next, Charli meets someone who's been living and blogging the precarious lifestyle of an intern and stylist's assistant. The woman behind the anonymous Instagram profile @FashionAssistants shares unfiltered memes and 'confessions' from the overworked and underpaid people who make fashion appear picture perfect, together with advice on how to challenge these industry norms. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford If you are affected by issues raised in this episode you can get more information at www.bbc.co.uk/actionline.
Nov 15, 2019
Microplastics with Cyrill Gutsch and Dr Mark Browne
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Can you love the planet, hate waste and keep fit? On a mission to mend fashion, model and activist Charli Howard talks fashion for fitness with Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans. Parley have collaborated with Adidas on ‘high performance, low impact’ active wear and trainers made from upcycled ocean plastic. But what about microplastic pollution? Charli talks to a world authority on clothing fibre pollution, ecologist Dr Mark Browne from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, to learn about the problem of particle shedding and what the future of fabrics might look like. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford If you are affected by issues raised in this episode you can get more information at www.bbc.co.uk/actionline.
Nov 08, 2019
Garment Worker Rights with Kalpona Akter
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Who made my clothes? Untangling the fashion supply chain, model Charli Howard gets a first-hand account of what it takes to stitch the western wardrobe from Bangladeshi garment-worker-turned-activist Kalpona Akter. Kalpona shares her journey from being a child working on a factory floor to becoming a frontline campaigner for jobs with dignity in the garment factories of Bangladesh and beyond. How can we be sure that £2 T-shirt didn't cost someone's livelihood - or even their life - as in the case of the Rana Plaza factory collapse of 2013? Well, now there's an app for that - sort of. Good On You co-founder Sandra Capponi explains how the app rates fashion brands on their impact on people, planet and animals. The app aims to empower shoppers to make ethical choices, while incentivising the industry to do better. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford
Nov 01, 2019
Ethical Denim with Molly Hopwood and Tansy Hoskins
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Can you buy good jeans? Searching for ethical dress sense for people and planet, model and activist Charli Howard looks on the bright side - and the dark side - of denim. Charli meets Molly Hopwood, a young designer plucked from Graduate Fashion Week to work for Tu at Sainsbury's. Unlike much of the new generation of ethical jeans, Molly's Denim for Good collection aims to do denim differently, by making it affordable as well as sustainable. Tansy Hoskins, fashion journalist and author, sheds light on the dark side of denim, from field to factory. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford
Oct 25, 2019
Models and #MeToo with Kristina Romanova
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What does #MeToo mean for models? Mending the ways of fashion, Charli Howard meets a change-making model on a mission to prevent harassment and abuse in the industry. Kristina Romanova is a successful model turned tech-entrepreneur. She co-founded the digital support network Humans of Fashion in 2018, after a friend and fellow model was sexually abused on set. A non-profit app and website, it connects users with pro-bono lawyers and therapists to offer legal advice and therapy on a range of issues, from sexual misconduct to mental health. Two years on from the movement that swept through Hollywood, how much has changed since the fashion industry experienced its own #MeToo moment in 2018? Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford If you are affected by issues raised in this episode you can get more information at www.bbc.co.uk/actionline.
Oct 18, 2019
Vintage Fashion with internetgirl
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Can something old feel like something new? On a mission to mend fashion, model and activist Charli Howard embraces 'thrifting' for vintage, rather than throwaway fast fashion. Charli meets online re-seller, stylist and entrepreneur Bella McFadden, AKA internetgirl. Together they step into the pop-up incarnation of an online reselling app, incongruously located in a department store. Clothes are Bella's life as well as her business and she shares how thrifting let her find her style as a teenager. But why is thrift not quite as thrifty as it used to be? Plus, eco-fashion blogger and stylist Greta Eagan compares leather and pleather, looks to the fabrics of the future and gives us her tips for sustainable dressing. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford If you are affected by issues raised in this episode you can get more information at www.bbc.co.uk/actionline.
Oct 11, 2019
Modest Fashion with Mariah Idrissi
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How do you cover up without compromise? Model and activist Charli Howard continues her investigations into the fashion industry with a look at modest fashion. Charli meets the model who made modest fashion mainstream and learns how she’s now changing the face of the fashion industry behind the scenes. Mariah Idrissi became one of the first models to wear a hijab in a mainstream fashion campaign, back in 2015. Now she works as a brand consultant, educating companies about what Muslim women and other modest fashion fans want from their clothes and cosmetics. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford
Oct 04, 2019
Sustainable Streetwear with Emmanuel Enemokwu
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Can you work in fashion, love the planet and love yourself? Model and activist Charli Howard learns how a new breed of fashion brands are making it cool to be kind to people and planet. Charli meets Emmanuel Enemokwu who runs a streetwear start-up that's taking steps towards sustainability. At 22, and with no background in fashion, he has set out to reclaim the name he was bullied for at school and to make T-shirts and hoodies that are as conscious as they are cool. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford If you are affected by issues raised in this episode you can get more information at www.bbc.co.uk/actionline.
Sep 27, 2019
Body Positivity with Sonny Turner
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Model and activist Charli Howard sets out on her mission to right the wrongs of the fashion industry by asking if it’s possible to look good and feel good. Charli always dreamed of being a model but she reveals how, to make her dreams a reality, she was pushed into being thin rather than being healthy. One day a pair of leather trousers, a phone call and a social media post changed everything. She talks to another model, Sonny Turner, who never wanted to be thin. Sonny wanted to be curvy. Really curvy. The two models take time out for a trip to the spa to chill out and chat curves, Kardashians and cat-fishing. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor: Rebecca Stratford If you are affected by issues raised in this episode you can get more information at www.bbc.co.uk/actionline.
Sep 20, 2019
Looking good, doing good, feeling good
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Get your fashion fix while fixing the world. Model Charli Howard rights the wrongs of the fashion industry while staying stylish. Looking good, doing good and feeling good.
Sep 13, 2019