If you are looking for some interesting listening material this Christmas, while you make or simply relax, we have a list of podcast recommendations for you. Firstly, there’s a new episode of Selvedge’s free monthly podcast. The topic for episode three is High Fibre. Polly investigates why wonderful natural fibres have lost the battle of popularity so abysmally. Why, when it is generally considered that natural fibres are better for the environment and feel better than synthetics, is only 42% of our clothing made from natural fibre? And furthermore, why is 39% of that cotton?
Image: Clara Amfo, presenter of Fashioned.
Broadcaster Clara Amfo and fashion historian Amber Butchart uncover the secret history of fashion, from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. But this isn't just about what we wore, but who we were, and who we are today. This series will look at the legacy fashion has left us, from rules that still regulate dress around gender and class, to its influence on feminism, civil rights, and the environment.
Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made.
Image: 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian clay tablet.
Fashion Revolution Podcast explores the hidden stories behind the clothing we wear. Through interviews and investigations, Fashion Revolution explores the intersection of sustainability, ethics and transparency in the fashion industry. International fashion journalist Tamsin Blanchard speaks to researchers, supply chain experts, garment workers, politicians and activists. Each episode we will take listeners deep into fashion’s social and environmental problems but leave you with practical actions to help make a positive difference.
A fashion podcast hosted by designer Recho Omondi discussing current events and interviews with industry insiders. For example in an episode in series two, asks: what happens to our clothes once we get rid of them? Sustainability encourages that we ask how our clothes are made but few ask where they go at the end of their life cycle.
Image: Levi Strauss & Co. archive.
Articles of Interest is a critically acclaimed, two-season mini-series (totaling twelve episodes) within the 99% Invisible podcast. Each installment delves to a different aspect of dress. Together, the episodes link thematically, each one to the next, like a daisy chain. Think of it as a podcast concept album … on clothes.For more read our Favourite Textile Podcasts post from November and let us know your recommendations in the comments.