About clare press

Clare Press is the presenter of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast and Australian VOGUE's Sustainability Editor-at-Large.

In 2018, she was made Global Ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative.

She’s part of the Fashion Roundtable team in the UK, and has been a member of Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution since 2014. She sits on Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Advisory Board and is one of Global Fashion Agenda’s Content Experts. In 2019, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

A passionate advocate for the circular economy and sustainable, ethical fashion, she is the industry’s go-to journalist on the subject, globally.

Clare is the author of three books. Her first was  The Dressing Table (Penguin, 2011), a collection of essays on style.

Her second, Wardrobe Crisis, How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion (Nero), was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Wardrobe Crisis was published in the US in 2018 and China in 2019. 

Clare's third book, Rise & Resist, How to change the world is about activism was published by Melbourne University Press in October 2018.

She is currently writing her fourth book about the future of fashion.

What else? She's a magazine junkie. A former Vogue features director, and Marie Claire fashion editor, Clare was also features director at the Australian edition of Sunday Style, where her “Fash Fwd” column reached 3 million readers weekly. For two years, she penned Daily Life’s popular Sustainable Style column.

Today, she contributes to VOGUE Italia and The Guardian. Previously, she was a columnist for InStyle, and was The Monthly's first fashion critic. She began her career as a senior writer at Rolling Stone.

Over a career spanning nearly two decades, Clare’s byline appeared in: VOGUE, AnOther, Nylon, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Fashionista, the Sydney Morning Herald and more. She has interviewed the likes of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, Yvon Chouinard, Katharine Hamnett and Pharrell.

Once upon a time, she ran a vintage store.

Portrait by Georgia Blackie

Portrait by Georgia Blackie



Each week, Clare interviews designers, change-makers, academics, creatives and fashion insiders about fashion, ethics, the environment and sustainability.

Our audience is global and includes key industry leaders. Over 100 Episodes, our guests have included Ellen MacArthur, Livia Firth, Roland Mouret and Rosario Dawson as well as recent fashion graduates and emerging designers from all over the world. We address big issues - the future of fashion, justice for garment workers, climate change, plastic pollution - but we do it with humour, vulnerability and warmth, which is why our audience continues to grow.

We've collaborated with Fashion Revolution, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, WOMADelaide, the Sustainable Living Festival (Australia) and the UN's Ethical Fashion Initiative to produce our shows. We've even recorded inside the House of Lords in London (for an episode on modern slavery featuring Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey). The podcast has featured in Sunday Times Style (UK), Elle Canada, Marie Claire Belgium, VOGUE ITALIA, VOGUE RUSSIA, The AustralianMadame Le Figaro and Buro 24/7. In 2019, we successfully crowdfunded Series 3.

Read our editorials on Eco-Age each week.