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Have you been doing your best at work this past month? We are sure you have; and you must be utterly beat! Why not join your friends for some after work drinks, to relax and let off some steam? We have selected 5 new interesting subjects you can bring up during happy hour – just in case you want to show off how up-to-date you are with sustainable and ethical fashion-related affairs!

And the winner of WRAP’s sustainable clothing design award is…

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Left to right: Marcus Gover, Director at WRAP; Rhiannon Hunt, winner;
and Greg Tufnell, Chairman of HGA Group and award judge

 

WRAP has announced that a super-talented graduate of the Chelsea College of Art and Design named Rhiannon Hunt is the winner of the SCAP ELC Award! She will receive a £5,000 prize, and will have the opportunity to progress her work, and develop her designs for a commercial market.

The challenge presented by the contest revolved around addressing the reasons for garment failure, and coming up with ways to increase their lifetimes by presenting solutions that were sellable and fashionable.

She was inspired by the built environment and created pieces that were sewn together using traditional methods as well as innovative detachable fastenings. This means that her highly versatile garments can be adjusted size, style and length-wise, which means they have a much longer lifetime, and are less likely to meet their untimely end in some landfill.

Rhiannon said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win this award. I’m so passionate about sustainable design. We have to start changing people’s perceptions of sustainable fashion if we’re to see it become the norm. I hope this award will be a springboard for me, helping me reach my goals and encourage the industry to think and act differently for the sake of our environment.”

The Director at Wrap, Mr. Marcus Gover, said: “All finalists delivered fantastic ideas, however, it was clear to see that Rhiannon’s concept not only met the brief but was backed by a genuine interest in sustainability. She demonstrated a real understanding of the issues. Having forward thinking, innovative designers like Rhiannon – and our finalists – in the fashion industry, puts us in a really good place to extend the life of clothes.

The Chairman of HGA Group and award judge, mr. Greg Tufnell, said:”Rhiannon’s concept and presentation stood out for several reasons. In particular the very considered, detailed and knowledgeable approach combined with her clear passion and commitment to the cause set her apart from the entries. It is these qualities that will give Rhiannon a very real chance of turning her idea in to a reality.”

Emma Watson’s International Women’s Day #HeForShe Facebook interview

 

It’s not a secret that Emma is one of our favorite feminism advocates, being the ambassador of UN’s #HeForShe campaign and an awesome human being, so we were really psyched for her live Facebook Q+A with Greg James. They chatted about various subjects, such as feminism and the nude pic leak threats she faced.

She charmingly explained that all that feminism “means is that you believe in equality, and if you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you. You’re a feminist. You’re a feminist. That’s it.” Quite a shocker for some guys! She also cleared up the misconception that sometimes “people associate [feminism] with hate, with man-hate. And that’s really negative. And I don’t think that’s what feminism is about at all. I think it’s actually something incredibly positive.

She explained that no matter what kind of upbringing you had, no matter what your personal experiences have been, it is always important to support gender equality:”Surely, I’ve been incredibly privileged and I haven’t been held back because I am a girl. Surely, it is therefore my responsibility to make sure other women have access to the same privileges that I have. Surely, it would be bad if I wasn’t doing this, making sure that what I have been lucky enough to receive in my life is extended to others.

Emma brought up Gloria Steinem’s speech at a HeForShe event in New York, and she reminded us of a really beautiful metaphor of hers: “She said that the human race is like a bird. And it needs both of its wings to be able to fly. And at the moment, one of its wings is clipped. And we’re never going to be able to fly as high unless we’re both in support of each other.

Regarding gender stereotypes, Emma’s really great advice was: “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Just encourage and include each other, don’t ostracise the gender in front of you.

After her speech at the UN, a certain website threatened her that they would release naked pictures of her. Tough luck for them, though, because Emma wasn’t put off in the least – her anger and contempt ended up spurring her on, instead! We admire your determination, Emma, keep up the good work!

A designer couture made from car parts!

 

What can fashion and cars learn from each other, when it comes to sustainable design? Sustainable designers get in the driver’s seat and create couture made from recycled car parts!

Ford and Redress have launched “The Redress Forum: Ford Design Challenge“, whose objective was to showcase sustainability as far as fashion and automobiles are concerned, by designing projects that wasted less materials.

The winning team, which managed to create a piece of couture that incorporated fabric that was recycled from Ford vehicles within a 3 hour time limit, comprised of Amandah Andersson from Sweden and Veronica Lee from Malaysia. Their design incorporated materials that came from the car seats of a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Kuga. They were awarded with financial support in order to help fund their future careers.

Veronica Lee said: “I never expected plastic bottles could be transformed into appealing materials and eventually into such an unexpected garment.” We didn’t, either, Veronica, but you did it.

Balinese Culture: On the Extinction List?

Unfortunately, the future doesn’t look very bright for Balinese cultural traditions, 15 of which are in danger of going extinct, since the younger generation doesn’t seem to care about their preservation and practice.

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According to the head of Badung’s Culture Department, Ida Bagus Anom Basma: “A number of cultural traditions are virtually extinct, a part of which are sacred rituals that can only be performed during specific religious rites.

Basma said that Bali’s younger generation has little interest in studying and performing various ritual traditions, such as the Baris Kraras, Wayang Wong and others, and admitted that modern life and the fact that times have changed are the main reasons for the youngsters’ apparent indifference. In order to encourage more people to practice these rituals and take interest in Balinese traditions and culture, the Badung Regency has set aside a budget of ~$2 million that will be used to promote the preservation of these endangered artforms.

Musical instruments as well as costumes and other pieces of equipment will be provided to the people who take it upon themselves to keep their ancestors’ culture alive.

What?!? A DIY wedding dress made of… fungus?

after work drinks, happy hour

 

Erin Smith, a former artist, grew her own wedding gown using only old tree mulch and fungus! She used a $40 bag of agricultural waste to create sheets made of the fungus. Mycelium, a mass of fibers from tiny mushrooms, slowly grew to create a form of textile on the sheets which were wrapped around a dress form. As the fungi continued to grow, the wedding dress gradually came into its own!

Are you unconsciously scrunching your nose? Stop that! Her creation surely is unique and she obviously means well: “I like the [idea] that maybe you change into something else for dancing, and you could literally tear the dress apart and put it in your garden, and it would literally keep growing with you. There’s something kind of of lovely about that.

Even though the dress wasn’t ready by the time she had her own wedding, and she was forced to wear a thrifted wedding gown instead, she hopes that in the future she will improve on the technique and create even better and more malleable fabric from mycelium!

According to Erin: “The wedding dress is a perfect example of a one-time-use, energy intensive and entirely non-sustainable model that is representative of so many of the choices that we make daily”, whereas growing your own clothing could help minimize carbon emissions and allow people to create clothes with precise dimensions and specifications.

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