We are very happy to let you know that Melanie will be hosting an event at the totally brilliant WOW (Women of the World) festival THIS weekend. We’re calling it “Louboutins to Landfill: How to be a Sustainable Fashionista”. It will do exactly as it says on the tin and explore what “sustainable” fashion means and, most importantly, how on earth we can all become responsible and mindful fashion consumers. It’s a tall order. We’re hoping to create a meaningful take away from our WOW event in the form of a manifesto which will be a practical set of guidelines to help us be sustainable without entirely sacrificing our love of fashion and shopping.
To help us tackle this monumental task we’ve assembled a stellar panel of experts from across the sustainable fashion landscape.
Dr Kate Fletcher from LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion will be demystifying her pioneering academic approach which has included work on the relationships we foster with our clothes (Craft of Use) as well as helping businesses, organisations and students understand what she calls Slow Fashion. Kate has also published numerous books and papers on the subject.
Jacqueline Shaw is a sustainable fashion polymath: she’s an expert on African fashion, a designer and founder of an eco wedding dress label. Her enthusiasm knows no limits; she published her book Fashion Africa in 2011 and runs the website Africa Fashion Guide.
Abi Chisman began her fashion career at Vogue, bringing the fashion industry to the masses via Vogue.com. She now runs Designer Jumble a pop-up fashion business which sells designer fashion at affordable but realistic prices and partners with charities and sustainability enterprises. Abi uses Designer Jumble to educate and inform consumers about what designer fashion really means and the true cost of the clothes we buy.
Carry Somers is founder of hat label Pachacuti, the very first Fairtrade company in the world. While researching for her PhD in the Andes, she witnessed first-hand exploitation of workers and the simultaneous loss of traditional craftsmanship techniques. Eager to help, she abandoned her studies to concentrate on setting up a sustainable fashion brand which treasured the skills of the people she’d met. She is also the found of Fashion Revolution Day which will mark the first anniversary of the Bangladesh factory disaster.
If you have tickets to WOW on Sunday then please come and join us at 1pm in the Blue Room. If not, join us on twitter and instagram using #wowsustfash and tell us what you think should go on the sustainable fashion manifesto.