Fair chance for designers to shine

Co-ordinator Antonia Taylor. d418045
Co-ordinator Antonia Taylor. d418045

The ethical fashion challenge asks designers to create a piece in just 14 days using fair-trade fabric and will culminate in a fashion event on May 9, World Fair Trade Day.

Fair Trade Freo convenor and project coordinator Antonia Taylor said this year’s fashion-themed event, called Fairly Fashionable?, was chosen to commemorate the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where more than 1000 people died after an eight-storey garment factory collapsed.

‘Every year Fair Trade Freo and the WA Fair Trade Collective put on public events to mark World Fair Trade Day,’ she said.

‘Our events focus on a specific Fair Trade message each year but in a fun and positive way.

‘Given that the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster falls just two weeks before World Fair Trade Day, we came up with this event as a challenge for Australian designers to use Fair Trade fabric.’

The challenge will see fashion designers given a two-week deadline to create a garment or accessory using original Fair Trade fabric from areas such as India, Peru, Cambodia, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Ms Taylor said designers could use material either produced by Fair Trade organisations that support producers to preserve traditional techniques, or material made from certified organic cotton accredited with the Fair Trade label.

To take part in the challenge, designers need to fill out a form from www.fairlyfashionable.com.au and email it to info@fairlyfashionable.|com.au by April 17.

The public fashion show will be on May 9 at Many 6160 from 6.30pm.

Tickets start from $10 and can be purchased from trybooking.com.