My name is Cosimo Angiulli and I am Italian. I have been living in Edinburgh for about 7 years and I just started my third year in Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art.
I decided to study Environmental design as my elective class this year because I have always been interested in exploring more sustainable ways to create fashion. I believe that at this current time it is important to consider the global climate and the issues we are living through. Fashion is one of the major polluting industries in the world for many reasons, such as the use of air, soil, water etc… Since fast fashion became part of normality, people lost the emotional connection that previously existed with clothing. This contributes to a vast amount of waste every year. The photo I posted of the cut-off textile is just one small insight into the ever-increasing waste we produce every day. The image was taken in Bangladesh five months ago by the photographer Mohammed Anwarul Kabir Choudhury/Alamy.
Before I started to study this degree, I was not aware of the considerable impact fashion has on nature. I am not willing to contribute to an industry that does not care about our planet and the real meaning of clothing. We should start to look back to the past when sustainability was the only choice we had, and wastage was not part of our lives.
Therefore, as a future designer, I would like to explore the different ways that fashion can create and sustain a better future for all of us.