New York, London, Milan, Paris…and Crouch End! Last weekend, to coincide with global fashion weeks, the Alternative Clothes Show put on a `real people`s catwalk` in the Hornsey Vale Community Centre. The event challenged fashion stereotypes and inspired the local community to live more sustainably and buy ethically sourced products.
Prior to the show, visitors had the chance to browse around stalls promoting ethically made and Fair Trade products. They could buy pieces from artisans selling handmade and second hand items.
People Tree had a stand to showcase the beautiful new Spring Summer collection and answer questions about Fair Trade and sustainable fashion. It was a delight to support a local community event and to get together with other associations promoting labour rights including War on Want, Traid and Labour Behind the Label.
Models on the catwalk came from various backgrounds and were representing all ages and sizes. The biggest applause arose for the children with learning disabilities who walked down the aisle.
The catwalk showcased all forms of sustainable clothing. It included second hand garments from charity and vintage stores, handmade pieces, Fair Trade clothing such as People Tree and upcycled items. The show had various sections including themes such as “Second Time Around” for pre-loved items and “Gentlemen Only” for menswear, amongst others.
Our favourites from the exhibition and the catwalk included garments made of recycled materials such as plastic and paper. We especially liked how one of the creations incorporated upcycled plastic filled with earth, representing the different ends of sustainability: recycling synthetics and going completely organic.
An incredible upcycled outfit was made by Aye out of old men’s shirts and accessorised with a Kellogg`s corn flakes box tote bag! We loved the creativity behind the idea.
All in all, the Alternative Clothes Show was a great gathering bringing together various people for a really important cause. People Tree was happy to get involved and to see first-hand all the great initiatives supporting sustainable and Fair Trade fashion.
Long live slow fashion!