How to Become a Conscious Fashion Consumer


  Since putting together Building a Conscious Wardrobe alongside my lovely friend Lexi Keelan, I have radically revaluated the way I think about fashion. I am buying less and buying better, I am caring for what I have and I am being more mindful about how I dispose of what I no longer need. And I am feeling pretty darn good. A by-product of all this change is the debate about ethical and sustainable fashion I now find myself engaging in regularly with my friends and family and in particular with my mum.   Here is an excerpt from our… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Ethically Kate


  Name: Kate Hall Age: 21 What I do: Ethical fashion writer, brand advocate, and entrepreneur   Describe your Personal Style My style is quirky and eclectic, with a side of class and simplicity. I know that describes pretty much every style, but it’s true that I dress differently depending on the day and mood. I’m excited by colour, and love being the only one in the room in a skirt with unicorns and elephants. Some days I go for classic looks, as I adore all things vintage. I think everyone must have quite different first impressions of me.  … Continue Reading

Clothes Swap and Style Event


It’s clothes swap time! Fast fashion can make us feel like clothing is disposable. Is this scenario familiar? Heidi bought a dress to wear out to a party last week and is now sick of it, but hey, it only cost $40 so it’s no big deal to her so she chucks it out. Just imagine if everyone in Australia did that to just one item? In Australia, we generate 6000 kilograms of clothing waste every 10 minutes (ABC TV). Only a comparatively small percentage of what we donate to charity shops gets sold with the rest ending up in… Continue Reading

Fashionably Numb – Changing the Way we Think About Fashion


  For most of us, clothes are fun. As well as protecting us from the elements, they offer a mechanism for self-expression, an opportunity to try on different personas. We enjoy the thrill of the chase, constantly seeking the buzz that finding the perfect hard to find item produces. And then, once that thrill wears off, we do it all again. We want more, more, more and more often. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Many of the people who work to produce the clothes we wear don’t earn a living wage and… Continue Reading

Slow Fashion Workshop


  The rise of fast fashion and the increasing consumer demand for the latest trends has cemented the fashion industry as one of the world’s biggest polluters. Textile waste, toxic chemicals, and pesticides used in farming are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact that the clothes we buy and wear have on the environment. An increasing number of designers and fashion labels are stepping up to make a change in the way they practice business and if you are thinking of starting a label today, there is no question that it should be an… Continue Reading

Australian Label Edition on its way to Seoul Fashion Week


  Canberra based fashion label Edition has been named as one of only three Australian labels to take part in a new program that will see the label, and it’s designer Alice Sutton, take part in Seoul Fashion Week in March as well as Sydney Fashion Week in May. The Australia-Korea Foundation Emerging Designer Exchange Program is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which aims to allow the successful designers to connect and collaborate internationally as well as immerse them in a culture they may not be familiar with. Each of the six participants, three from… Continue Reading

Reclaim


  Among the works featured in the latest group exhibition at Craft ACT, ‘Reclaim’, are three jumpers. All folds and tucks of wool, these sculptural pieces call out to be touched and examined from every angle. Designed by one of Canberra’s best known independent fashion labels, Corr Blimey, they bear all the hallmarks of the label: innovative design, sustainable and ethical practice, and a certain theatricality in the finished product. Designers Louisa de Smet and Steven Wright launched Corr Blimey in 2001 and have continued to push the boundaries of design ever since, building a cult following and cementing the… Continue Reading

Zilpah Tart and the Wind Turbine Print


  Canberra has always been a step ahead of the game when it comes to renewable energy. Last week a new space dedicated to renewable energy innovation, with an intriguing tie to fashion, was proudly launched here in the nations capital. The <2 degrees Renewables Innovation Hub is an initiative of the ACT government and takes the form of a flexible, collaborative workspace where innovative start-ups and organisations from Australia as well as around the world can work alongside each other to combat climate change. Fourteen businesses have already signed up to work from the Hub. As wonderful as this… Continue Reading