Things To Do During Lockdown

As the lockdown continues here in the UK and it looks like we might be facing a new way of living for a little while longer, we’re here with some good news: the Fanfare team have spent the last few weeks compiling what we believe to be the ultimate list of things to do during lockdown, so that you can emerge from the other side a sustainable fashion genius. There’s never been a better time to get involved in the sustainable fashion way of life; the shops are all closed, so why not get out the sewing kit and start repairing all those nicks and holes in your favourite garments?

We’ve compiled all of our favourite sustainable fashion inspirations and separated out our list into things to read, things to watch, things to listen to and things to do to keep you going for however long you might need. This list will probably take you several years to complete in its entirely, so rest in easy in the knowledge that there's no chanc you’ll run out of things to do. Thank us later.

Things to Read:


Below is a library's worth of books, all of which are sources of knowledge in one way or another on sustainable fashion and business, ranging from personal wardrobe remedies to an in-depth study of the ways in which modern fashion supply chains exploit vulnerable workers.


The Conscious Closet - Elizabeth L.Cline  

The Conscious Closet is a manifesto and call to action to transform one of the most polluting industries on earth into a force for good, on both a micro level—our own closets—and macro level, by learning where and how our clothes are made, and how to connect to a global and impassioned community of stylish fashion revolutionaries for bigger systematic change.

Overdressed - Elizabeth L.Cline

Fashionopolis - Dana Thomas

6 Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe - Summer Edwards

Wild Dress – Kate Fletcher

Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys – Kate Fletcher

Fashion and Sustainability - Kate Fletcher

Clothing Poverty - Andrew Brooks

To Die For - Lucy Siegle

We Are What We Wear - Lucy Siegle

Naked Fashion – Safia Minney

Slow Fashion – Safia Minney

Safia Minney argues that the future of brick and mortar retail is in the best in fair trade, sustainable, and organic products, together with vintage, second hand, and local produce. Citing the theories of restorative economics, Safia give us an insight into the fashion's tomorrow and the better world we can create, both for ourselves and the environment.

Slave to Fashion - Safia Minney

The Travels of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy - Pietra Rivoli

Zero Waste Fashion Design - Timo Rissanen & Holly McQuillan

Shaping Sustainable Fashion - Timo Rissanen & Alison Gwilt

Wear No Evil, How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe - Greta Eagen

Governing Corporate Social Responsibility in the Apparel Industry After Rana Plaza - Anil Hira & Maureen Benson-Rea

The Sustainable Fashion Handbook - Sandy Black

The Responsible Fashion Company: Integrating Ethics and Aesthetics in the Value Chain - Francesca Romana Rinaldi & Salvo Testa

In The Responsible Fashion Company, Rinaldi and Testa argue that the fashion industry is at a crossroads: the need for a global shift to a sustainable model has never been more urgent. Yet, they demonstrate that we are witnessing a revolution led by conscious consumers and enlightened companies, who are redefining the rules of the fashion market. The question is: when will the rest of the industry catch up?

Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture - Ellen Ruppel Shell

Eco Chic - Matilda Lee

Eco Fashion - Sass Brown

Ecologist Guide to Fashion - Ruth Styles

Fashion Made Fair - Ellen Köhrer and Magdalena Schaffrin

Wardrobe Crisis - Claire Press

Before the podcast there was the book. Fashion journalist Clare Press traces the history of the fashion industry, highlighting the moments that gave birth to the modern fast-fashion buy-and-discard culture. A witty and persuasive argument, this book will ultimately empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.

Fashion Manifesto - Sofia Hedstrӧm

Green is the New Black - Tamsin Blanchard

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are - Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, & Sophie Mas

Loved Clothes Last - Fashion Revolution

Fibershed - Courtney White and Rebecca Burgess

Fibershed is a go-to guide for readers who are interested in the raw materials side of fashion. Readers can learn how natural plant dyes and fibers such as wool, cotton, hemp, and flax can be grown and processed as part of a scalable, restorative agricultural system.

Magnifeco - Kate Black

Stitched Up - Tansy E. Hoskins

Stuffocation - James Wallman

Sustainable Fashion - Colleen Hill & Jennifer Farley Gordon

Sustainable Luxe - Jordan Phillips

The Curated Closet - Anuschka Rees

The Responsible Company - Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley

Patagonia, named by Fortune in 2007 as the coolest company on the planet, has earned a reputation as much for its ground-breaking environmental and social practices as for the quality of its clothes. In this exceptionally frank account, Chouinard and Stanley recount how the company and its culture gained the confidence, by step and misstep, to make its work progressively more responsible, and to ultimately share its discoveries with companies as large as Wal-Mart or as small as the corner bakery.

The Upcycle - William Mc Donough and Michael Braungart

Why Fashion Matters - Frances Corner

Women in Clothes - Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits & Leanne Shapton

Worn Stories - Emily Spivack


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Franca Sozzani at Desk

Things to Watch:


A selection of docu-films about some of the world's most renowned fashion icons. Each gives a deeper insight into the person behind the name, and the ways in which they sought out inspiration that would eventually lead them to revolutionise the world of fashion.

Dior and I

Coco Before Channel

Yves Saint Laurent


Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer



Manolo: The Man Who Made Shoes For Lizards

Franca: Chaos and Creation

Iris Apfel in front of fireplace

Pop Culture Iconic Fashion Movie Moments (For When You Need Inspiration)

Sometimes we all suffer from creative block, and this is our selection of Pop Culture TV and Film that will get you right back on track with their bold statements and iconic images that still resonate with people to this day.



Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion

Killing Eve

The Fifth Element


Breakfast At Tiffany's



The Devil Wears Prada

Sex and the City

Crazy Rich Asians

Romeo and Juliet

Annie Hall

Pretty Woman

Erin Brockovich


Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's
Villanelle Killing Eve Pink Dress
Indya Moore Pose
Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion's Dirty Secrets


All of these documentaries offer a certain take on issues created by the fashion industry and are a must-watch if you're not entirely convinced about a switch to sustainability.


The True Cost


The Next Black


The Machinists



Alex James: Slowing down fast fashion

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets

Things to Listen To:


Podcasts are the latest thing in the world of information sharing, so we've chosen a few shows and episodes that give an interesting perspective on issues and solutions in sustainable fashion today.

Wardrobe Crisis

Deliciously Ella: Livia Firth on Sustainable Fashion

Fit & Fearless: Sustainable Fashion and Minimalism

Good Ancestor Podcast: Episode 22. #GoodAncestor Aja Barber on Sustainable Fashion

Agnes LDN Podcast

The Business of Fashion’s Drive Podcast Series 2 focuses on sustainability in fashion, but here are particular episodes we enjoyed:

  • Women are at the Forefront of the Sustainable Fashion Revolution
  • Reformation’s Yael Aflalo on Finding a Sustainable Focus
  • Tim Brown on Allbirds’ Sustainable Footwear Revolution
Good Ancestor Podcast
Deliciously Ella Podcast

Things to Do:


Take Thred Up’s How Dirty Is Your Closet? test.

Send in your clothes to be customised as part of our upcycling scheme.



We've created a list of charities that are offering necessary support to the people who will be the most vulnerable to both the physical and the economic effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. Please consider giving whatever you can, and visit our Charity & Partners page for information on our current partnerships.

Age UK

Beauty Banks


Little Village

Trussell Trust 

Women’s Aid



Action Homeless

Opening Doors London

Free From Torture

Campaign to end loneliness

Vulnerability Registration Service


We hope that this list helps you to learn something new about the world of sustainable fashion - or at least keep you entertained for a few hours on a Tuesday evening.


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