Three University of Edinburgh students organised the event in ECA’s West Court, inviting sustainable brands and recent graduates to showcase their work.

After having to postpone the event due to the snow that blanketed Edinburgh in February, the Sustainable Fashion Show took place on 11 March 2018 in the West Court at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). The Show, which was organised by students Immy McAndrew (Architecture), Daniela Groza (Jewellery) and Milda Lebedyte (Chemistry) attracted over 150 attendees.

The team were aiming to highlight the need for fashion to transition into becoming a more environmentally-friendly industry. Edinburgh-based sustainable brands joined 11 recent ECA Fashion graduates to form the 20 exhibitors who showcased their work on the runway. One such brand was local innovators Hemp Eyewear, who make 100% vegan and recyclable frames, with each frame composed of unique natural plant fibre pattern, making every pair one of a kind.

Image: Duncan Holmes
Image: Duncan Holmes

Through its exhibitors and runway show, the event asked people to question the ethics of cheap clothing and the devastating impact that ‘fast fashion’ has on the environment.

Immy and Daniela also exhibited their work. Immy’s garments, which include a vest top and scarf, are comprised of nothing but mushrooms and oranges. And Daniela’s work experiments with texture and form. Inspired by the process of brain renewal and neuroplasticity, Daniela has produced earrings and necklaces made from knitted recycled copper wire and old pairs of jeans.

Through its exhibitors and runway show, the event asked people to question the ethics of cheap clothing and the devastating impact that ‘fast fashion’ has on the environment. It was sponsored by a host of organisations including Zero Waste Scotland, ASCUS and Green Fibres.