I was recently fortunate enough to attend an ethical fashion event in the depths of Haldon Forest in the magnificent rolling hills of Devon. Organised by four graduates from the MA Fashion and the Environment course at London College of Fashion and the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), Fashion Footprints: Sustainable Approaches featured an exhibition and one-off Eco-fashion Show in the Forest.
The event began with a talk by the inspirational and eclectic 'Hactivist' and fashion theorist Otto von Busch. He explored the idea of the way we engage with our clothes and emphasised that what we wear is not necessarily dictated by the influence of designers such as Karl Largerfeld but by our friendship groups. Busch also described how we need to engage more with the environment and how our choice in fashion impacts on it. By recycling clothing and choosing ethical, we have the chance to really help the planet and make a difference.
Following a 15-minute walk into the forest, we were seated in a huge tipi and awaited the three act show performed by dancer/models from Totnes School of Dance. Donned in ethical couture by designers from Elena Garcia to Bodkin, the dancers illustrated the engagement with nature described by Busch perfectly. Unique and exciting, Eco-fashion Show in the Forest was an amazing show!