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Toxic Threads: The Dark Side of Fashion

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The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Join the pioneers of the sustainable fashion world this February as we uncover the true cost of our clothing throughout an evening of talks, panel discussions, Q&As, drinks, food and music. Joining us are Orsola De Castro (Fashion Revolution), Alex Noble (EMG Initiative), Sophie Slater (Birdsong) plus more to be confirmed.

The fashion industry has a devastating environmental and social impact on our planet. Pollution, unethical labour practices, deforestation, hydrocide, climate change, and ever-increasing waste generation has been intensified by the phenomenon of fast fashion. While it is crucial that fashion producers transform their business models given the industry’s strong growth trajectory, we, the consumers, hold immense power in our ability to vote with our pounds and demand ethical, just and environmentally-friendly clothing. The apparel sector has a pivotal role to play in the transition to a low-carbon economy and we must start challenging the status quo of unsustainable fashion and take meaningful steps towards a sustainable and ethical system.


SCHEDULE:
7.00PM - ARRIVAL, DRINKS & WELCOME
7.30PM - 4X15 MINUTE PRESENTATIONS BY PANEL PARTICIPANTS
8.30PM - PANEL DISCUSSION AND AUDIENCE Q&A
9.00PM - DRINKS, FOOD, MUSIC & NETWORKING
10.30PM - END


SPEAKERS:

- ORSOLA DE CASTRO -
Orsola de Castro puts the ‘ethics’ in ‘aesthetics’. An internationally recognised pioneer in sustainable fashion, she works tirelessly to raise awareness, demonstrate the true cost of our clothes and show the world that change is possible.
Orsola works from within the industry to bring labels, suppliers and the other parts of the value chain together: asking questions, raising standards and making a difference. Her own label, From Somewhere, used to recycle offcuts and upcycle luxury materials to produce ‘exquisite rubbish’. Estethica, a sustainability arena that Orsola curated for London Fashion Week, put the capital at the heart of this energetic movement.
Orsola is a regular keynote speaker at sustainable fashion events worldwide, TED Talks and lectures regularly in the UK and internationally including Central Saint Martins, Camberwell College, The Hong Kong Design Institute, Esmod Berlin.
She is also the co-founder of Fashion Revolution which every year on the 24th April bring everyone in the fashion value chain together and help to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future


- ALEX NOBLE -
Alex is a Creative Director, fashion designer and artist with a career spanning ten years in the fashion industry, which has seen him collaborate with leading fashion brands, charities and organisations. With his ethos of 'Creative input for a positive output', Alex launched the EMG Initiative, repurposing high end 'fashion waste' to create exclusive products that raise money for charity. Ambitious and unconventional with a creative diversity that’s seen his career grow from underground record label artist to a respected name in the creative industry. His own experiences lead him to question the negative aspects of the fashion industry, frustrated by its obsolete nature and a personal desire to work on the bigger issues effecting the world. Focusing on waste and exploitative production, Alex searched to find a better balance in his career, collaborating with Traid, Childhope, The Rainbow Collective and Fashion Revolution, holding workshops, talks, creating collections from waste material and raising funds to obtain birth certificates of garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

- SOPHIE SLATER -
Sophie is co-founder of Birdsong. She is also a facilitator for feminist charity, Fearless Futures.
Birdsong is an ethical online marketplace selling fashion made by women's groups. They work on a promise of “no sweatshops & no photoshop”. Birdsong wants to revolutionise the way you dress. All their clothes are made by women’s groups with rare skills, creating wearable pieces with a mind to the future. From migrant seamstresses to knitting grannies, Birdsong connects women from worker to wearer.

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