FASH­ION­ABLY FAIR

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

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.”

Pic­ture: Peter Dancewicz

Cordelia Gibbs with model Mark Hodsworth.

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