Can fashion save the planet?
  • Monday 23 April 2018

Designers, fashion lovers, up-cyclers and pre-loved clothing fashionistas – get ready to dip your toes or immerse yourself totally in the world of design and sustainable fashion during Sunshine Coast Council’s new program ‘fabric – Slow Fashion, Artful Living’.

Between April and November, the fabric program provides an opportunity to be inspired, get creative or learn the essentials through an exciting variety of events that include hands-on workshops, author talks, professional development and even a pop-up fashion fix-it café.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the fabric program had been developed to shine a spotlight on what’s becoming known as ‘slow fashion’, in addition to a more conscious consumerism and behavioural change.

“The Sunshine Coast is fortunate to be home to a local textile and fashion industry with a strong focus on conscious design, handmade, and sustainable production,” Cr Baberowski said.

fabric is an exciting collaborative initiative that brings the arts and sustainability together, giving more visibility to our exciting local design industry and providing opportunities for the community to get involved and learn new skills.”

The program will launch on April 24 at Majestic Cinema to celebrate Fashion Revolution Week with a screening of RiverBlue, an award-winning documentary that follows internationally-celebrated river conservationist, Mark Angelo, on a journey that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry, while also highlighting the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.

RiverBlue will have you asking your favourite brands how your clothes are made. There will also be guest presentations from Alice Jones (Sinerji) and Andi Vendy (108 Dresses).

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said launching with the screening of RiverBlue was the perfect way to start a conversation about the impact of fashion on our environment.

“There are a range of events throughout the fabric program that highlight ways in which we can all make small changes in our behaviour and attitude towards fashion and other consumer choices that will have a positive impact on our lifestyles and environment,” Cr McKay said.

The fabric program offers everything from fabric dyeing to participating in a bespoke masterclass, as well as an open fashion-styling shoot to investigate and consider the industry from many angles, perfect for those considering a career in fashion.

See the full program details and book or pick up a program from council offices, venues, libraries and various cafes and fashion outlets.