In our Faces series we introduce a number of inspirational women who live out their own vision of our world, of beauty, impact and curiosity, in both their private and professional lives. Amongst others we hear from Dörte de Jesus, Creative Director and founder of Lissome, who shares with us her enduring attitude towards sustainability and mindfulness. Amber Jae Slooten, who researches and experiments in the field of ‘virtual fashion’ and through her work takes a critical view of ‘fast fashion’. And Julia Leeb, photo journalist working in war and conflict zones, who documents both violence and genuine humanity.
Anti-war Journalist Julia Leeb and the Impact of the Unseen.
With a strong inner compass, and an emphasis on dignity, humility, and advocacy, Julia Leeb focuses on photography and its power to illuminate the people and stories that are often left out of media and visual culture. As a journalist, photographer, and filmmaker specializing in Virtual Reality, she has documented conflict in places such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, and Iran. Her widely acclaimed book, North Korea: Anonymous Country was published in 2014 and in 2017, she was nominated for the prestigious Peter Scholl-Latour award for her reporting on women in the DRC. Her recent book, Menschlichkeit in Zeiten der Angst [Humanity in Times of Fear] became a bestseller.
Designer Amber Jae Slooten Explores Identity Without Limits in Digital Fashion
Amber Jae Slooten designs clothing exclusively for digital spaces. By side-stepping the environmental waste and limitations of the physical world, Slooten challenges practices that are destructive and fundamentally unsustainable. Fascinated by both gaming and dress-up as a child, Slooten has connected her two passions with the conviction that the fashion industry must change. She believes in logical solutions and in following her instincts—this lead her to co-found The Fabricant (where she is also Creative Director), a fashion house whose stated intent is, “Always Digital, Never Physical: We waste nothing but data and exploit nothing but our imagination.” Beginning in 2014, she stopped sewing garments and began a search for the best tools for designing in virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. She graduated from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute in 2016.
The Quiet Activism of The Lissome Founder Dörte de Jesus
During her early childhood in the north of Germany, Dörte de Jesus enjoyed exploring and adventuring in the fields and by the sea, ultimately giving her a strongrooted in independence and respect for the natural world. After years in the fashion world including time at Elle Magazine, she became interested in sustainable fashion, and studied the economic, environmental, and systemic impacts of the industry. She has since expanded her focus to include holistic and alternative ways of linking fashion, beauty, and sustainability. Now working as a creative director, designer, and editorial director of The Lissome Magazine, a regenerative fashion magazine that she curates with photo director Anna Rosa Krau, fashion director Sophia Schwan and an international collective of creatives, she believes that in order to best care for others and the planet, we must simultaneously slow down and care for ourselves.