A photographer and blogger based in Edmonton has made it to the big leagues in terms of the fashion industry: she has appeared as a writer in Vogue.
Marielle Memart, who is an Edmonton writer, photographer, and sustainable and inclusion fashion activist, Said he had been wanting to write for a world famous magazine.
“Everyone wants to get an article on Vogue, if you work in the fashion industry,” Pertart, who was passing by screen name Marielle Elizabeth online, said.
“I’ve been working in ethical and sustainable fashion, talking about the intersection of size inclusiveness and the future of sustainable fashion for nearly a decade now.”
Her article focuses on the landscape of sustainable fashion change and its slow inclusion into the world of plus size. She said when she had been in contact with Vogue editors before, they contacted her after seeing her work published elsewhere, such as in fashion magazines. The Cut.
“Vogue contacted me specifically looking to include more size diversity in some of the sustainable fashion reporting they do,” said Hartart.
Dihart said he had a “very positive response” in response to the article.
“I think the more we look at who is being called into and out of the fashion space, the clearer it becomes that there is a huge demand for diverse voices to be given space to talk about their life experiences,” he said.
He added that one of his passions is to “try to reduce the barriers” that large people face when it comes to buying ethical or sustainable fashion.
“This is a global problem,” he said. “Many second-hand accounts and retailer accounts use previously produced clothing. And the plus size industry has been neglected for decades.
“Over the last ten years, with the national average body size changing, we have seen more and more demand for plus size fashions to exist.”
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Bermart says he’s recently seen green brands popping up in Edmonton that locals can support. Some of his ongoing suggestions include Unbelt, Poppy Barley, and for vintage accounts selling more that focus on plus size fashion, Chubby Fem Thrift based in Edmonton and Found For Us Plus come recommended.
“Edmonton’s sustainable fashion scene has been booming,” said Bermart.
However, he says that some people who may not be able to afford or find more sustainable options can take the “fast mode” and slow it down.
“Learn how to fix, fix things instead of buying new things,” said Bermart. “And to be honest, just wear your clothes.
“My number one advice for any size, any gender… is to wear all the clothes you buy and commit to wearing every outfit you own at least 30 times.”
He said that he hopes to get more works to reach more audiences in the future.
“Five years ago, ethical and sustainable fashions for fat bodies were very hard to find,” said Dihart. “But that’s not the case anymore. is it right [I’m] trying to re-invite people who were previously closed off from ethical and sustainable fashion, to check it out.
“As fashion continues to be the leading cause of pollution in the world, perhaps it is time to look back at ethical and sustainable fashions for different bodies and needs.”
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