Fashion Evolution 2010 brought Ireland’s fashion community together to revitalise the spirit of the Irish fashion industry with the help of international fashion designer and green hero KATHARINE HAMNETT. The aim was to use sustainability as a platform for positive change and a way of evolving business practice in the fashion industry through innovation and creative thinking.
The exciting schedule of events included:
• Fashioning Entrepreneurship – Fashion Editor Constance Harris in conversation with designer, Katharine Hamnett. Participants heard Katharine’s story of her journey from one of the world’s most prolific designers to becoming the green godmother of the industry. Introduction was by Prof. Angela Wood, Head of Design at NCAD.
• Fashion Mentoring Sessions – Provided a chance to sit down with some of Ireland’s most influential industry experts and ask questions, connect and learn more about the industry. Mentors included: Carmel Breheny, Marketing Manager M&S Ireland; Constance Harris, Fashion Editor of the Sunday Independent; Professor Angela Woods, Head of Design Faculty NCAD; Andreas Pettersson, noted fashion photographer, Ethical Designer Sophie Rieu, Stylist, Angela Scanlon amongst others.
• Re-dress and the Light House Cinema Smithfield present HOME, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand – funded by the PPR Group (who’s portfolio of brands includes Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent) HOME aims to to help people understand and share the issues facing our planet and to provoke a general raising of awareness on the stakes of social and environmental responsibility. Bringing us unique footage from over fifty countries, all seen from the air, by sharing with us his wonder and his concern, this film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand lays a foundation stone for the edifice that, together we must rebuild.
• EJF Cotton T-Shirt Exhibition – Exclusive designs from John Rocha, Alice Temperley, Christian Lacroix, Giles Deacon amongst many others encapsulated the ideals of the Environmental Justice Foundation campaign on child labour in the cotton industry.
• DIY Fashion Skills – Taking inspiration from Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Do It Yourself’ manifesto, Fashion Evolution hosted a week’s worth of fashion workshops including Crafternoon Tea, French Knickers and Cocktails, Curious Collars amongst others, showing that it’s easy and fun to be sustainable where fashion is concerned.