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Sweet potato dresses and pineapple skirts 甘藷裝配鳳梨裙

A model presents the work of Chilean designer Kelgwo at the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris in October 2006.
2006年10月的巴黎良心時尚秀中,模特兒展示智利設計師科格沃的作品。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

Some of the tastiest fruit and vegetables are no longer just for eating — the ethical fashion industry has decided you should wear them too.

Sweet potatoes and pineapples were among the foods to make their way onto the catwalk of the Ethical Fashion Show, which was held in Paris last week.

Les Racines du Ciel, a small clothing manufacturer based in France, has adapted the traditional Chinese practice of using potatoes to Western clothing styles.

“In China, silk is lacquered with a sweet potato paste and then buried in the ground,” said Natalie Goyette, the company's development director. “Then the silk is rinsed up to 30 times and comes out with a soft off-black color that I find beautiful,” she said.

She was among many fashion professionals to attend the opening night of the show, now in its third year, and was one of more than 60 designers with a stand there.

At another stand, Grace Trance, from San Francisco-based Grace Trance Designs, showed off a skirt made of pina cloth, which is made from the leaves of pineapples.

Another material sharing the ethical spotlight is bamboo, which comes from China and India.

“Bamboo is used by a growing number of designers because it has what industry people call great drape, meaning it fits perfectly on human bodies,” said Summer Rayne Oakes, a fashion consultant from New York.

Ethical fashion falls into two parts: the organic materials used in the clothing, such as cotton, silk, bamboo and hemp, and the work to make the garments, which puts mostly women in fair, healthy and labour-friendly structures in African countries and elsewhere in the developing world.(AFP)

有些可口的水果蔬菜不再只是滿足口腹之欲而已,有良知的時尚界決定你也應該穿上它。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. ethical adj.

道德的 (dao4 de2 de5)

例: It is not ethical to lie, cheat or steal.

(說謊、欺騙或偷竊是不道德的。)

2. adapt

採用 (cai3 yong4) ,適應 (shi4 ying4)

例: At first Kathy was nervous about going to college, but she adapted to student life quickly.

(凱西一開始對於上大學感到緊張,但她很快就適應學校生活。)

3. lacquer v.t.

塗漆 (tu2 qi1)

例: Susie looks strange; her hair is lacquered with so much gel.

(蘇西看起來很奇怪,她的頭髮塗了好多髮膠。)

4. organic adj.

有機的 (you3 ji1 de5)

例: My mother only lets our family eat organic meat because she thinks it is healthier for us.

(我母親只讓家人吃有機肉品,因為她認為這樣對我們比較健康。)


甘藷與鳳梨是上週在巴黎舉行的「良心時尚秀」中,登上伸展台的食物之一。

法國的小型成衣廠「Les Racines du Ciel」已將中國應用甘藷的傳統方式,如法泡製到西方的時裝款式。

「在中國,人們將絲綢塗上甘藷泥,再埋入土中,」這家公司的研發部主任娜塔莉.高耶特說︰「絲綢再經過三十次清洗後,就是我感到相當美麗的淡染黑色。」

她是參加今年第三屆時裝秀開幕夜的眾多時尚專業人士之一,也是設立攤位的六十多位設計師之一。

在另一個攤位上,舊金山「葛蕾絲崔斯設計」的葛蕾絲.崔斯則展示了一款由鳳梨葉製成的鳳梨纖維布料的裙子。

其他同樣吸引鎂光燈焦點的材質還有從中國與印度運來的竹料。

來自紐約的時尚顧問桑默.瑞恩.奧克斯說︰「愈來愈多設計師使用竹料,因為竹料有業界所稱的良好垂墜性,相當合身。」

良心時尚分為兩大項︰首先是服裝的有機材質,如棉質、絲綢、竹材與麻料等;另外就是服裝製作的工作環境上,在非洲與開發中國家,將主要為女性的勞工安置在公平、健康、注重勞工權益的架構中。

(法新社/翻譯:賴美君)

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