FASHION + mental health

For our October conversation topic we have partnered with mental health charities No Panic and Chasing the Stigma to co-create a series of questions on Fashion + Mental Health. We invite you to be a part of the conversation and write a response to one of our questions below, to be published on our site.

If you would like to write with us please refer to our Content Guidelines and get in touch! Please send all submissions to content@mindlessmag.com

1.

The fashion industry promised to tackle unhealthy body image and the use of ultra-thin models on the catwalk, and we’re now four years on from the french government insisting all models have a healthy BMI.

But how much has the industry really changed?

2.

Fast fashion is becoming ultra fast. The S/S and A/W seasons have become weekly churn-outs and social media is creating pressure to be seen on screen wearing something only once. It is creating a careless throwaway culture, an insatiable appetite for newness.

What is this doing to consumers’ mental health?

3.

There’s a lot of negativity – and rightly so – around fast fashion but if we pause for a minute and think about our own personal style we’ll remember that fashion can be an art: a method of self-expression and freedom.

With this in mind, how can we use fashion to have a positive effect on our mental health?