CARLISLE resident Cordelia Gibbs is fashionable and fair at the same time.
Ms Gibbs recently received the Professional Award at Fairly Fashionable? for her men’s jacket and pants made from a fair trade cotton bag and hand-embroidered shirt donated by Zenana Women.
“I feel so honoured to be awarded the winner of the Professional category,” she said.
“It is a great motivation when people can see the work that has gone into a design and have that appreciated, but it is also so inspiring and humbling to be a part of such a fantastic and essential initiative.”
Fairly Fashionable? demonstrates how fair trade can be high fashion and innovative, and pushes designers to think outside the box when it comes to designing and making new products.
Event organiser Antonia Taylor said she was “blown away” by the response from designers and the public.
“Through this challenge, the designers have shown that fashion has the ability to place both people and the environment at its core,” she said.
“The meticulous care taken to pay homage to the provenance of the fabric and the artisans that handcrafted it, and in many garments adopting a zero waste policy, has demonstrated how designers have the power to transform fashion for all of our futures.”
Guest judge Robert Roberts, from the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, said the designers honoured not just the provenance of their fabrics but also incorporated the principles of fair trade.
“Fairly Fashionable? demonstrates that fashion can change,” he said. “The change to be ethical in the production process, the change to be transparent, to know who made your clothes.”
Cordelia Gibbs with model Mark Hodsworth.