Exhibition and events to mark Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries have organised a week-long exhibition and programme of events to highlight the need for a more sustainable approach to fashion in conjunction with Fashion Revolution Week 2022.

The exhibition, Re-Loved: A Contemporary Fashion Upcycling Exhibition, will be held in the Eldon Building foyer from Tuesday 19 April until Monday 25 April 2022.

The exhibition has been organised by a group of BA Fashion and Textiles Design students with assistance from lecturers Lara Torres and Noorin Khamisani and will feature garments designed by the students made using materials that are conventionally considered to be ‘waste’.

There will be an opportunity to meet the student designers between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Friday 22 April.

Noorin said: “Fashion Revolution Week calls for a complete rethinking of our current wasteful fashion systems and this is something that we address within our curriculum.

“During this week we get to contextualise these discussions with our students on a global scale as we take part in this worldwide fashion activism. The practical hands-on mending and swapping of garments makes the theories around sustainability more accessible”.

Other events are planned throughout the week, both on campus and in the local community, including:

  • Stitch It, Don’t Ditch It: Power Sew
    Tuesday 19 April, 10.30am to 1.00pm and 5.30pm to 8.00pm, Community Room at St Jude’s Church, Palmerston Road.
    Bring your repairs, adjustments and re-designs to clothes and other textiles, or learn how to sew on a machine with a ‘Make & Take’ project. Learn how to make items including tote bags, various styles of draw-string bags, glam-scrunchies or lace-edged hankies.

    Please contact southsea.sustex@gmail.com to book a place, making sure to  include details on what you’d like to make, your skill level and which session you’d like to attend. This event is free, but pay-as-you-can donations are welcome.

  • Stitch It Don’t Ditch it: Slow Sew
    Wednesday 20 April 10.30am to 1.00pm, Southsea Library, Palmerston Road.
    Bring your hand-sewing repairs, adjustments and re-designs of clothes. Learn to hand-sew, darn, do visible mending and modern embroidery. ‘Make and Take’ projects are available on request.

    Please contact southsea.sustex@gmail.com to book a place, making sure to  include details on what you’d like to make and your skill level. This event is free, but pay-as-you-can donations are welcome.

  • Clothes Swap
    Thursday 21 April, 12.30pm to 2.00pm (clothes drop-off: 9.30am to 10.30am), in the Eldon Building foyer.
    Bring in your quality unloved or outgrown items of clothing and swap them for something else. You can swap each item you bring for another. Nothing to swap? You can buy an item for just £1, with all proceeds going to Fashion Revolution.

  • Fashion First Aid
    Thursday 21 April, 1.30pm to 2.30pm in the Eldon Building foyer.
    Bring your hand-sewing repairs, adjustments and re-designs. Staff and students can come and learn these techniques for free and receive guidance from fashion students. A selection of materials will be provided. There will also be an option to learn how to customise existing clothes to give them a new lease of life.

  • New Fashion Systems Panel Discussion – “What are the regenerative, restorative and revolutionary new fashion systems?”
    6.00pm to 7.30pm.
    Join the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries in reimagining a just and equitable fashion system for people and the planet. Moderated by Dr. Lara Torres & Noorin Khamisani.
    With guest speakers:
    • Beata Wilczak, Head of Digital Sustainability & Social Justice, The Dematerialized and fashion educator
    • Dr. Sass Brown, Author of Eco Fashion and Refashioned, Course Leader, Sustainable Fashion, Kingston University
    • Bel Jacobs, Former fashion editor, climate campaigner and animal rights 

What is Fashion Revolution Week?

Fashion Revolution Week is an annual campaign bringing together the world’s largest fashion activism movement for seven days of action. Running this year between Monday 18 April and Sunday 24 April 2022, the aim is to collectively reimagine a just and equitable fashion system for both people and the plane