Fashion students at the University of Portsmouth are running a series of events promoting sustainable fashion.
The activities are part of Fashion Revolution, an international movement highlighting some of the exploitative and environmentally damaging practices in the fashion industry and challenging the way that clothing is produced, sourced and consumed.
Events are taking place in the University’s Eldon building from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 April and will see students swapping, mending and ‘upcycling’ clothing, encouraging people to give clothes a new lease of life and to ‘swap not shop.’
Dr Elaine Igoe, Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Textile Design who is coordinating events, said: “Fashion is a multi-billion pound industry that employs some of the poorest people on the planet and has a massive social and environmental impact. Fashion Revolution is about changing the way the industry operates and changing the way we shop.
“Today’s ‘fast fashion’ – getting instant gratification through buying cheap clothes on a regular basis – is feeding that industry. We need to change the way we look at fashion, starting with our students because today’s fashion students are tomorrow’s designers, buyers and industry leaders.”
Some of the events taking place over the week are:
Print the Revolution: Tuesday 24th April
For a small donation to Fashion Revolution, Level 4 students will give your old clothes a new lease of life.
Are you holding on to a great T-shirt that has a small stain or mark? Our Fashion and Textile Design students will print an amazing textile design over it, leaving you with an entirely unique garment to wear!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Clothes Swap: 12pm – 2pm Wednesday 25th April
The popular Clothes Swap returns for 2018! Bring in your quality items of clothing that you have outgrown or left unloved, and swap them for something else!
For each item you bring, you can swap it for another completely free! If you have nothing to swap, you can buy an item for just £1 each.
All items for the clothes swap must be brought to the Eldon Foyer by 11am on Wednesday 25th April.
The team are particularly eager to have more menswear this year!
The Clothes Swap will be accompanied by a Who Made my Clothes? and Loved Clothes Last social media takeover by staff and students.
To follow the action as it happens, watch out for #UoPFashRev #FashRev and #WhoMadeMyClothes on social media.
Trashion REMAKE: Thursday 26th April
Fashion students will deconstruct and reconstruct items that were left unclaimed at the Clothes Swap, to make new clothes for themselves to wear and love.
SU:STAIN Workshop and Talk: Thursday 26th April
At 2pm, in the Fashion and Textiles Studio, Georgina Hooper from SU:STAIN will hold a workshop and talk entitled, Mind over Matter/Mindful over Material: The Interrelations of Textiles, Repair and Mindfulness.
Georgina is a Designer, Artist and Educator, who is well qualified to lead this thoughtful and creative session, in which attendees will be encouraged to bring consciousness to their creation and consumption choices.
You can book your place on Eventbrite, but places are extremely limited, whilst this session is completely free, a donation to Fashion Revolution would be highly appreciated.
The Great Circular Economy Quiz: Thursday 26th April
Fashion Revolution Week 2018 welcomes back Professor Ian Cook, one of the UK founders of Fashion Revolution and Follow the Things for his unexpectedly fun and informative quiz on who makes the clothes we wear.
The quiz will take place in Eldon, on Thursday 26th April at 4 pm until 5 pm.
The quiz will consist of three, ten question rounds, according to the Fashion Revolution mantra:
- Round one: Be curious
- Round two: Find out
- Round three: Do something
Prizes will be given for the best team performances, and all staff and students are welcome.
If you would like to take part, email Deborah.SuggRyan@port.ac.uk
Fashion First Aid: Friday 27th April
For a small donation, two final year Fashion and Textile Design students will mend, repair and alter your well loved clothes so you can keep wearing them. Whether it’s a missing button, or a pair of trouser that need taking up, the team can do it!
Please contact UP734723@myport.ac.uk to arrange some Fashion First Aid for your clothes.
Trashion REMAKE Photoshoot: Friday 27th April
Students will be capturing the outcomes of their upcycling in a photoshoot, which you can check out by searching #UoPFashRev on social media.
My Life in Vintage Lecture: Friday 27th April
One of the most anticipated events is a talk by fashion historian, commentator and BBC broadcaster Amber Butchart called ‘My Life In Vintage’ on Friday 27 April.
Amber will discuss how wearing vintage and second-hand clothing is a fun and creative way to make better choices about how we express ourselves in what we wear without feeding the demand for
the manufacture of new trend-driven mass-produced garments.
The free talk is taking place at 5.30pm in room EW 1.11 of the Eldon building and tickets can
be booked on Eventbrite.