Brighton Fashion Week
Following our special commendation award winning prize at WRAP.org’s SCAP ELC (Extending the Lifecycle of Clothing) Award earlier this year, we’ve been invited to showcase at Brighton Fashion Week on 16th October and at what a time too- it’s the first time BFW will be fully sustainable!Brighton Fashion Week, the annual celebration of fashion on the south coast, returns to the city from 15 to 17 October. The theme for this year’s event is sustainability, exploring pioneering ethical fashion through a series of catwalk shows, workshops, debates and industry networking.
For the first time since its launch in 2009, Brighton Fashion Week will only showcase a special breed of designers- those who use ethical practices in their production process and will be asked to make a pledge towards sustainability.
This year’s catwalks and workshops have been designed with the involvement of leading organisations working to create a more ethical, affordable and creative fashion industry. Participating organisations include Fashion Revolution, WRAP, which leads the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and consumer campaign Love Your Clothes, Ethical Fashion Forum and Novel Beings. Orsola de Castro, co founder of Fashion Revolution and #whomadeyourclothes, will open the event.
One event highlight is SCAP Presents: Love Your Clothes ‘Tonne of Clothes’, taking place from 15 to 17 October at Brighton’s Open Market. A group of upcyclers, designers, artists and fashion businesses, led by resource efficiency experts WRAP, will be working across three days to create new pieces out of unwanted clothes. These creations will be made using one tonne of second-hand garments donated by Cancer Research UK. Brighton Fashion Week has invited local schools, fashion students and community members to get involved in this upcycling event, making eco-fashion accessible to all.
Creative MD/ Founder Val of Kitty Ferreira, alongside other winners and runners up of the SCAP ELC Award also with Amanda Johnston from The Sustainable Angle and Carol Rose from Wrap
Other events include a series of groundbreaking fashion shows, featuring the works of national and international designers at All Saints Church in Hove. These include the Zeitgeist Fashion Show – which sees the return of acclaimed Roadkill Couture designer Jess Eaton – and the Sustain Catwalk Show, showcasing new environmentally-conscious fashion.
We’ll be showcasing our peace silks in new styles at this Sustain Catwalk on 16th October alongside SCAP ELC Award winner Rhiannon Hunt and including Angus Tsui and Raggedy Rags, promoting sustainability through a combination of innovative fashion and ethical thinking.
All Saints Church
Liz Bishop, founder and director of Brighton Fashion Week, said:
“In the six years since its inception, Brighton Fashion Week has become an international fashion and art platform and 2015 is looking to be our most exciting year yet. Making our events sustainable is a challenge that reflects our reputation for shaking-up the fashion mainstream”.
She added: “A number of renowned environmental organisations – including WRAP, Ethical Fashion Forum and Veolia – are helping us to develop our programme of events. It will be a great opportunity to unite the fashion industry and the local Brighton community, changing perceptions about fashion and creating awareness.”
Veolia is a key partner of Brighton Fashion Week, supporting us to spread the word of sustainable fashion.
A Veolia spokesperson said: “To meet the needs of the 7.2 billion people on Earth, we need to address the biggest single issue our planet faces: lack of resources. We already have much of the technology we need to recycle, recover and reuse precious resources.”
To kick off the event is an Industry Networking evening, 15th Oct and tickets can be bought here
VIP passes are available for both this event and The Sustain Catwalk show for Press & Buyers only.
To request, please contact us