The Sustainable Fashion Lab at Dray Walk presents an amazing opportunity to see and engage in the work of London based couture milliner, Noel Stewart. Recognised for his innovative, modern and beautiful designs, Noel Stewart will run a two day workshop at the Sustainable Fashion Lab during which he will be creating his pieces from reclaimed textiles and clothing on site. The workshop will be open to the public not only to watch but to participate and learn from one of the most exciting milliners in the world. This will be a fantastic experience for anyone interested in high fashion or sustainable design!
Taking place at Dray Walk Gallery, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL
Workshop opening times – 10am – 5pm Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April.
Entrance is FREE but bring along 1 item of unwanted clothing!
Annegret of Choolips and some São Paulo street art
Last week, the sustainable fashion brand – and participant on CSF’s business support programme – Choolips, was in São Paulo, taking part in a conference on Creative Economy, Culture and Business.
In conversation with Magna Coeli, from the Brazilian organisation Refazenda, Annegret of Choolips shared the story of her brand, her business model, her thoughts and ideas about sustainability and the reality of her projects in India and Africa. Touching on issues such as direct trade, supply chain transparency and entrepreneurship, Annegret highlighted the cultural importance of fashion and of local knowledge in different communities across the world.
Her presentation was enthusiastically received by the audience, who were interested to hear not only how fashion plays an important role in the development of a creative economy in a city or country, but also how to do this in a sustainable way.
Questions at the end of the presentations included one on the importance of education, particularly at university level, in supporting small businesses and designers in their development of sustainable business models. The work of CSF was mentioned as a trail blazer in the fashion industry.
The Sustainable Fashion Lab at Dray Walk Gallery (picture above) in Brick Lane opens to the public tomorrow 10am. Over the next two weeks the Lab will host an exciting range of designers, workshops, debates and more. The first event kicks of tomorrow at 3pm when a member of the M&S archive team will talk about the M&S fashion over the years and the value of preserving historic M&S pieces. Dilys Williams, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion will then set the M&S Heirloom Challenge, sending participants off with £25 to find a beautiful vintage M&S piece with hopes of having their piece added to the prestigious M&S archive.
For this rare opportunity, join as at Dray Walk Gallery tomorrow, Friday 27 April, 3pm.
If you want to read more or participate in the M&S Heirloom Challenge click here
Image from LCF MA Curation Re:address Fashion Exhibition
We will give you £25 to go out and find a beautiful, vintage M&S item of clothing!
You will have the whole weekend to find this piece at a car boot sale, vintage store, market, friend or wherever else you can think of before bringing it back to Dray Walk Gallery 11am Monday, 30 April. Tell us where you found it, and have your piece with your name attached curated into the exhibition at the Sustainable Fashion Lab. Your piece may also be selected for inclusion in the M&S archive.
To CONFIRM your place in this challenge email your NAME and MOBILE NUMBER to email@example.com
Places are limited so respond asap!
Please only confirm if you are available to come to Dray Walk Gallery 3pm Friday 27 April and 11am Monday 30 April.
Better Fashion Week is Re-Dress‘ annual event in Ireland to raise public awareness and promote sustainable fashion practices. Between April 23 and April 29 there will be a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops, conferences and more all aiming to bring sustainable and ethical fashion to the forefront of industry. There will be internship and networking opportunities and student discount for all of the events lined up.
To read more about the upcoming events and purchase tickets click here.
Images of CSF, Michelle Lowe-Holder and Noel Stewart
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion has teamed up with M&S and Oxfam to create London’s very first Sustainable Fashion Lab, launching April 26. London’s leading designers, stylists and industry leaders will come together to explore and debate a sustainable fashion industry in a series of events, workshops and exhibitions running for two weeks at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.
April 26 – 9 May 2012
Open between 10am-5pm every day (except Mondays)
Open to the public, for entry bring along one item of unwanted clothing.
Join Kate Fletcher in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday April 28 in the next community photoshoot as part of the Local Wisdom project. Take part in an ongoing fashion research project for the London College of Fashion – come and share stories of how you use your garments and have your portrait taken whilst wearing them.