Orsola de Castro

Orsola de Castro


Orsola de Castro is the founder and creative director of Fashion Revolution, a global movement calling for change in the fashion industry.

At the forefront of the revolution in the way we buy, wear, care for, repair and value our clothes, she is a pioneer and internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Orsola is a regular key note speaker, educator and mentor, a judge for the British Fashion Council New Gen initiative, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Central Saint Martins. She is regularly called to comment on issues relating to fashion and sustainability both in the UK and internationally.

In 1997 she founded From Somewhere, a label designing clothes made entirely from pre-consumer waste, and sustainable thinking with fashion-forward design, bringing quality and craftsmanship to ‘exquisite rubbish’. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council pioneering initiative Estethica, London Fashion Week’s showcase for labels designing sustainably. In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution in response to the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Raising public awareness of the continuing social and environmental catastrophes in our global fashion supply chains, Fashion Revolution has become a global campaign with participation in over 100 countries around the world.

Orsola de Castro @orsoladecastro

Taxes should be a blue badge of pride and vanity, instead of space-rockets (or yachts). The richer you are, the more you pay, contribute, give, share, care for the earth and for its people. Not eponymous foundations: TAXES. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/oct/25/millionaires-petition-rishi-sunak-to-introduce-wealth-tax

It’s all in the language: “party tights” are never quite in or out, they just exist, sometimes we wear them more than others. Microtrending everything encourages disposal, while accepting that we keep wearing things we like again and again is longevity. https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/oct/23/party-tights-one-of-fashions-favourite-trends-is-making-a-comeback

Congratulations to Sofia Ilmonen for the Sustainability Prize at Festival d’Hyères 🎉

Our designer showcasing initiative @fashopenstudio led mentoring sessions for the finalists with @orsoladecastro and @tamsinblanchard 🌍

Learn more: https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/article/2021-hyeres-festival-finalists @BritishVogue

Trillionaire or Triceratop? We should make these men, and the system that allows them to freely accumulate more and more money at the expense of everyone else, go extinct. ☄️☄️☄️ https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/oct/20/spacex-could-make-elon-musk-world-first-trillionaire-says-morgan-stanley

#PearlxIFFTI2021 - A congregation of transformative ideas.

We’re proud to present @orsoladecastro as part of our esteemed panel of keynote speakers, taking the fashion industry towards a sustainable tomorrow.

Be a part on 28th October at 5 PM. https://bit.ly/2Z5FOEY

Georgina Johnson’s book, which includes conversations with voices such as Francesca Gavin and @Fash_RevUSA co-founder @orsoladecastro, explores alternative models of working and values for living for a more equitable and sustainable future.


GRAZIE @IOdonna ♥️🙏🏼🌹 for this amazing article on our @fashopenstudio mentoring at the Hyeres Festival https://www.iodonna.it/moda/news/2021/10/19/hyeres-2021-vincitori-festival-ifeanyi-okwadi-premi/

So proud to be included in the @ITSplatform advisory board for the Arcademy.

When fashion brands say overconsumption is driven by consumer demand and growing population. 🚩🚩🚩@ASOS has intentionally set a goal to nearly double sales in US and Europe to $9 billion in just 4 years while touting sustainability. https://sourcingjournal.com/topics/retail/asos-ceo-nick-beighton-exit-supply-chain-profit-warnings-306843

Fantastic to see @Fash_Rev co-founder @orsoladecastro in this list 🙌👏💃🏾 https://twitter.com/SheClimate/status/1448660414057762830

This excites me. Fairytales are like a map, they make me think of crafts, unique to their people and their region but often with threads and stitches in common with others. They are meant to adapt and merge with time and history. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/oct/14/netflix-and-unesco-search-for-african-film-makers-to-reimagine-folktales

@RachaelJessBlog @Fash_Rev @orsoladecastro One of the biggest battles is how fast fashion depress prices, because they exploit workers and the planet. This is intentional. To make it have no monetary value for resell.

With the COP26 summit this week it’s a good time to think about changing our relationship with clothes to be more sustainable and respectful of resources, an idea beautifully explored in @orsoladecastro Loved Clothes Last #FashionFriday #sustainability #ClothesAndClimateChange

Thank you so much @EsquireME and what an honour to be in such great company @maxinebedat #unravelled #lovedclotheslast https://www.esquireme.com/brief/5-great-books-on-style-to-read-in-2021

Over the past month, I have been reading an amazing book called LOVED CLOTHES LAST by @orsoladecastro If makes you focus on what you are wearing, to look into how our clothes are made, who is making our clothes and how the farms are paid for those cloth… https://instagr.am/p/CU7F8Z1IUer/

Paul Polman didn’t run courageous companies, he run dangerous and cowardly ones like Nestle snd P&G. Keep looking for marginalised voices, and stories we haven’t yet heard, because the answers aren’t with the experts.

One hundred per cent. And abroad too. When is the ‘easyjet’ of trains going to be invented? Cheap, affordable, overnight trains across Europe. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/11/ban-uk-domestic-flights-and-subsidise-rail-travel-urges-transport-charity

The rate at which Fast Fashion is producing is causing a humanitarian and environmental crisis. Their "recycled" range isn't going to save us.