Amber Valletta is putting the “statement” in “fashion statement.” The supermodel—and current face of H&M’s Conscious Collection—is the host of Thread: Driving Fashion Forward, a four-part short documentary series about the fashion industry’s social and environmental impact. Directed by The 11th Hour’s Leila Conners, and created in collaboration with Lexus, filmmaker Michelle Vey, and eco-fashion pioneer Marci Zaroff, the films features interviews with thought leaders such as award-winning director James Cameron and his wife, Red Carpet Green Dress founder Suzy Amis Cameron; Rick Ridgeway, vice president of environmental initiatives at Patagonia, and Yael Aflalo, founder of upcycled-fashion label Reformation.


But Thread isn’t just a laundry list of the problems inherent to one of the world’s most polluting industries. It also offers solutions. “By empowering consumers, designers, manufacturers and retailers alike, we can shift the paradigm of the fashion industry and collectively make a difference to human health, the environment, worker welfare, and future generations,” says Zaroff.

VIDEO | Watch the Trailer for “Thread,” a Documentary About the Ethics of Fashion

Episode 2, “Timelessness,” which premiers today, welcomes legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg to the conversation. Episode 3, “Upcycle,” available April 23, will explore the concept of “zero waste” in garment construction. The last short, entitled “Humanity,” will tackle supermodel-activist Christy Turlington’s efforts with Every Mother Counts on April 30.

Thread’s debut coincides with Fashion Revolution Day, a global movement galvanized by the deaths of 1,133 garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013.

“Business as usual is no longer sustainable in the fashion industry. It’s not just about what you eat; it’s also about what you wear,” Valletta says. “The time is now.”

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