Named by UK Vogue as one of their Top 30 Most Inspirational Women, Christina Dean is more than a modern day triple threat: sustainable fashion advocate, award winning journalist, and dentist, not to mention mother of three- the job of which she is most proud.
With her signature unpretentious and effortless style, Christina herself is a beacon of sustainable stylishness. Founder and CEO of Redress, her NGO dedicated to reducing waste in the fashion industry, she is determined to educate the world of fashion from consumer to producer on the power their personal choices have. Putting her money where her mouth is, she is a walking billboard for how good ethical fashion can look. Fond of clothes that are well made, well-worn and well loved, she recently completed her own ‘365 Challenge,’ spending a year knee deep in clothing bins from Hong Kong to London sourcing other people’s cast offs in an effort to prove that preworn does not need to exclude chic.
We are beyond thrilled to present her as a KOTUR muse and have her share some of her secrets with us.
What’s in your make-up bag?
Wearing make-up is not part of my daily make-up. But I do have some lumpy mascara, an assortment of lip-glosses mixed with the odd biro pen, some long-forgotten foreign coins and the odd paper clip. Make-up is not an everyday thing for me.
Do you have a beauty secret?
Let your eyebrows grow out of their box. The more brow the better.
How would your female friends describe your style?
Easy, effortless and ethical
What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
My ethical values that underline what I wear.
Is there anything in your wardrobe you should get rid of but can’t?
All the polyester… it’s everywhere and I’m frustrated that we are so reliant on oil-based products, which polyester is.
What do you never leave home without?
My to-do list and my courage and conviction.
Hot date night, what do you wear?
Anything that reveals a sneak of my back. For some reason, my husband loves my rear!
You’re the fashion police for a day, what do you ban?
Fast fashion trends that generally suck your love of fashion out of the clothes because such trends are prolific that their pursuit is more strain than style.
Have you ever worn anything you now regret?
I have no regrets for the styles I have worn, even though in my 365 Challenge some of these looks were rather extreme. But I do regret the legacy that my 36-year-old wardrobe has left on the environment.
How high is too high a heel?
They are too high if I can’t run for the bus in them!
How old is too old for jeans?
Nothing is too old. Unlike their owners, jeans only get better with age.
If you could live in any other time for its fashion, when would you choose?
I’d live post World War II, when ‘make do and mend’ was de-rigor and fashion was a treat, not as a cheapened commodity.
What is your most recent purchase?
A bag of secondhand clothes from our recent Get Redressed pop-up secondhand clothing shop.
Can you judge a book by its cover?
No, but you can have a good time trying.
What are your bad habits?
Deep breathing in the office. For me this signals concentration, but for my teammates it signals stress.
What’s your greatest extravagance?
My holidays; I’d spend whatever it takes to get to the furthest, most remote and roughest corner of the globe.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
It’s not the length of the carrot that matters; it’s how good it tastes. Thanks Dad for making me value life through it’s tastiness.
What’s your favorite smell?
What’s your idea of a great holiday?
Being on an intense journey with my family. The tougher the better.
What are you most proud of?
My marriage. Whilst it’s only been 10 years, it’s been the most formative.
What are you least proud of?
What is your pure bliss?
Waking up naturally with the sounds of birds as an alarm clock.
Who or what would you like to be reincarnated as in your next life?
Myself. Practice makes perfect.
Yes or no to a nip and a tuck?
Yes. To me, having once been a dentist, so much orthodontic work is simply an oral boob job or dental facelift. What’s the difference in moving the desire for better looks elsewhere on the body?
Do you have a favorite KOTUR bag?
Yes, my somewhat vintage silver clutch, which I bought in a charity auction over 10 years ago. Fiona is so immensely supportive and charitable with her company and product. .
On a scale of one-to-ten, how good looking are you?
You’d have to ask my husband.