Up-cyclers, designers, artists, fashion students, sewing and fashion businesses led by sustainability experts WRAP, are invited to take part in a fashion salvage event and show off their skills. Helped by Love Your Clothes skilled upcyclers, sewing machines and a range of haberdashery, we challenge you to rummage through the tonne of clothing to create new items and outfits.
The Brighton Fashion Week Launch, Industry Networking and Launch of LYC installation with guest speakers will be taking place from 5pm - 7pm. This gives creatives a great chance to get to enjoy some complimentary refreshments whilst getting to know the ins and outs of the trade and gaining a greater understanding of the sustainable route the fashion industry is starting to follow. The meet and greet will include people from the Brighton Fashion Week team, industry, designers, media, sponsors and supporters of the independent fashion world. Along with this we will be displaying "new creations” from Fashion Salvage that will be created throughout the day.
Featuring delectable sushi courtesy of Oki Nami, power drinks by Mojo Coffee and a chance to pamper yourself ready for fridays shows with free treatments by Powder Beauty.
Renowned speaker Orsola de Castro began up-cycling in 1997 with her original label, From Somewhere. In 2006, Orsola and her partner launched Esthetica at London Fashion Week under the British Fashion Council, to showcase labels designing sustainability. Recently, Orsola created Reclaim To Wear, resulting in collaborations with retailers such as Topshop as well as projects with Central Saint Martins and Hong Kong Design Institute. After the Rana Plaza Factory collapse in 2013 killing 1,132 garment workers in Bangladesh and injuring 2,500 Orsola founded the Fashion Revolution campaign along with Carry Somers from Fair Trade brand Pachacuti. With all these credentials Orsola has the experience to share both the style and ethical side of fashion that we are advocating throughout the event.
Resource efficiency experts WRAP, which leads the SCAP initiative, will present three short sessions in this hour long workshop. The workshop aims to raise questions on how we re-invent, re-think and re-define.
- Re-inventing how we design, market and sell clothes.
- Re-thinking how we use and consume clothes.
- Re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling of textiles.
Anne Prahl will start off showcasing new initiatives, processes and technology that can reduce the environmental impact of clothing followed by Ben Thomas from nonprofit fashion organisation Made BY. Ben will discuss sourcing and benchmarking sustainable fibres for sustainable design. Carol Rose will finish the talks with the relevance of sustainability in the fashion industry tying the whole event together and giving you the opportunity to see how the sustainable fashion industry works from every angle.
The SCAP workshops will be followed by a showing of the AEG film the "Next Black" which will be introduced by Joe Oram from Electrolux. New technologies, sustainability concerns and innovative minds are transforming our clothes. In the “Next Black” documentary film, you meet the designers, innovators and leaders that are shaping the future of what we will be wearing. This is not a film about what’s new, it’s about what’s next.
Following the hugely successful SUSTAIN Debate at last years Brighton Fashion Week. We continue to explore ethics in fashion with opinions, insight and ideas from a new set of exciting panelists.
“This is the end of fashion as we know it” was exclaimed by Li Edelkoort, one of the world’s most influential fashion forecasters at the beginning of this year.
Our panel will build upon the debate started last year discussing their vision on how they each see the industry changing. With fast fashion consuming so many of our natural resources and a million tonnes of waste going to land fill in the UK each year we start to question, why do so many of us feel that we need cheaper clothes at the expense of low paid and poorly treated garment workers? With this type of work ethic achieving so much success for the high street and showing no sign of slowing down, this debate will alternatively show us the next steps to achieving a fairer fashion industry.
Clare Lissaman will be leading our debate for 2015 with yet another excellent panel line up including:
Leah Borromeo With over a decade’s experience in television news at an editorial level, journalist and filmmaker Leah Borromeo bridges a parallel arts practice with documentary to extract new angles and emotions around factual narratives.
Leah has “desk-jockeyed as Deputy Foreign Editor at Sky News, fawned over Jon Snow’s socks at Channel 4 News, and stood around a satellite truck looking important for APTN.
Able to generate, shoot and edit her own material for broadcast and print, she’s also making The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold, her first feature documentary on Indian cotton farmer suicides, pesticides and fashion.
Having a knack of being in the wrong place at the right time, she sometimes gets into trouble. It’s usually on film, and only once has it been on a tank. She’s also been featured in Grazia Magazine (!) for her Tweets over the 2009 Iranian elections and received not one, but two kisses from Yasser Arafat.”
Christine Gent MA MSCD is Executive Director of WFTO-Asia, representing the 125 members of the World Fair Trade Organization in 19 Asian countries. She has over 25 years of experience working in income generation with labour intensive production through Fair Trade including working on supply chain managements with People Tree and her own Fair Trade brand Fairly Covered. She has worked with many Fair Trade and UN bodies, with eight years as Ethical Trade Development Manager at the Body Shop.
Clare Lissaman is a consultant on ethical and fair trade. She has a particular focus on labour standards in global supply chains, helping disadvantaged producers to access mainstream markets and exploring the impact of trade on poor communities. Clare works with businesses both large and small, NGOs and innovative projects. Clare is also an experienced trainer, developing and implementing training courses on social accountability and ethical trade to several UK retailers. Clients include Gap Inc, and the Fairtrade Foundation (where she helped launch Fairtrade cotton)
A trained social and environmental auditor, Clare has a breadth of knowledge and experience in the challenges of building up sustainable supply chains, the ins and outs of standards and certification and a passion and belief that trade can, and should, benefit rather than exploit poor communities.
Carol Rose Technical Advisor for WRAP . Carol’s ethos is about delivering sustainable lifecycle solutions and creating change within the fashion industry. Carol also runs her own consultancy “Carol Rose Associates” with a team of dedicated clothing specialists and academics who collectively have decades of experience working with multinationals, government and brands in the areas of: resource efficient concept design; New Product Development NPD strategies; supply-chain management and corporate strategy.
“All dress is fancy dress, is it not, except our natural skins?”
- George Bernard Shaw
Skin – your choice of clothing is an expression of your character, representing your soul. Our natural skin is the exterior of our being, and a physical representation of who we are through DNA, fingerprints, facial expressions, age, nationality and experiences. Clothing is a physical representation of our inner being; creativity, imagination, fantasies, desires, mentality and our ethics. Fashion is a second skin, one we shed daily and that remains malleable to our ever-changing sensibilities. Fashion should not be harmful in any way, nor irrelevant. Sustainability is key, and ethical garments can represent this beauty powerfully. Our ‘sustain’ show promotes sustainability through the showcasing of designers and practitioners that are willing to combine innovative fashion design and ethical thinking to produce unique and efficient collections. Brighton is a city that overflows with morality and strong ethical values, making it an ideal location for ‘sustain’ to premier. ‘Sustain’ will unveil collections designed to test the boundaries of sustainable fashion as we know it; expressing the personality of the city and its people.
We present to you the game changers; Our showcase of the depth, breadth and variety of creative individuals and collectives working within the fashion industry today. Fashion will always exist– however, creativity and innovation are vital to aid its progression. Social climate and cultural circumstance influence the structure and meaning of the styles of the times, leading the course of fashion. Our showcase of remarkable collections, curated by Brighton Fashion Week, spotlights the designers of the now, that have used their unbelievable creativity to tackle environmental issues that are so pressing in today’s world. Embracing sustainability in fashion in a new light. We understand that designers cannot be 100% sustainable in their design process however we believe that there shoul|d be realistic milestones in place, giving designers a chance to adopt sustainable practices into their current work. It is mandatory that designers participating in our Zeitgeist catwalk show have ethical practices in their production process. We are also asking them to make a pledge towards sustainability. Zeitgeist 2015 will showcase twelve designers with fresh ideas and original concepts that represent the current flow of innovation in Fashion.
As a special addition to the event Showreel, an international design competition that challenges creatives to explore the relationship between life, art and costume, will kick off Zeitgeist 2015. Showreel.
This year the brief ‘Beauty from Waste’ challenges designers to create wearable art for the human form out of recycled waste. Our selected finalists will be showcasing their creations in a choreographed live showcase. The Showreel Design Competition Winner of 2015, will be rewarded a £1000 injection into starting up a business or furthering their design career courtesy of Veolia. The nature of Showreel creates a spectacle of art, performance and eccentric individuals that promote creativity, design and environmental awareness.
We are especially grateful to Bolli Darling for sponsoring this event.
Throughout Brighton Fashion Week, 15-17 October Love Your Clothes and Cancer Research UK will be depositing a tonne of clothing at the Open Market, Brighton. The Fashion Salvage challenge will showcase the benefits of second hand and upcycled clothing while highlighting the environmental issues of clothing waste. Join in on Saturday 17 October during various repair and alteration demonstrations.
Brighton Open Market, London Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4JS.
Saturday 17 October, 10.00 -17.00: workshops and demonstrations
Book onto one of our free skills workshops, take part in our Swishing event or simply drop by for demonstrations and sustainability tips.
Cancer Research UK will also be on site to collect clothing donations. Give generously as clothing sold in their shops raises much needed funds for life-saving research.
Full schedule of demonstrations and workshops on Saturday 17th October
- 10.00-11.00 Sewing machine basics: Sew Fabulous
- 11.00-11.45 Demonstration: David A Mumford
- 12.00-13.30 Drop in repair clinic
- 13.00-13.45 Demonstration: David A Mumford
- 13.30-15.00 Upcycled accessories: Eco Makers Emporium
- 15.00-16.00 Hand sewing basics: Sew Fabulous
- 15.30-16.15 Demonstration: David A Mumford
Swishing with Rags Revival will be running from 10.00-13.30 on Saturday. See below for details on how to join in.
Book your place in one of our workshops
Free workshops, delivered by local specialists Sew Fabulous and Eco makers Emporium, include basic sewing machine and hand sewing sessions; as well upcycling old clothing into stylish accessories.
We’re also hosting a free Swishing event with Rags Revival. Delve into your wardrobe to rediscover hidden treasures. Then:
- bring items to swap;
- bring pre-loved, good-quality clothes to donate to Cancer Research UK. CRUK will be on site to collect donations which will then be sold in their shops to raise much needed funds for life-saving research.
Rags Revival gives you the opportunity to turn your preloved unwanted clothes into your next favourite piece! It is set up like a mini shop with a wide range of styles and sizes, from high street to designer to vintage. All that we ask is that the pieces you do bring are of a good quality.
Everything is one token – nice and simple! Hand your items in when you arrive and receive tokens to spend.
No booking is required to join in with swishing.
The general public are invited to attend various demonstrations on the Saturday that may include repairs, alterations, the breaking down of a garment and remaking it. This free event is a great chance to gain ideas on how to vamp up your old wardrobe taking sustainable tips from experts that you can apply to your clothes.
*Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (07891 160194) if you or your business or organization would like to be involved in doing any upcycling activities or demonstrating skills.