Canberra may be the site of the latest political controversy, but the city has also been making waves lately with its emerging creative scene. This year’s recent FASHFEST event, the second since its inception in 2013, showcased a range of exciting designers with a connection to the capital – with a number of brands incorporating ethical and sustainable practices. Collections included ranges from trans-seasonal GOTS-certified label Audrey Blue who debuted their new initiative ‘The Suit Project’ – the first women’s business suits to be made through a Fairtrade-certified supply chain – and emerging ready-to-wear label SZN who showcased upcycled and repurposed garments. Also on the lineup was award-winning, Australian-made label Pure Pod, whose newest collection features organic cotton paired with fair trade hand-loomed and hand-embroidered fabrics. Pure Pod founder and designer Kelli Donovan says of the range: “The fabric is made in a women’s workshop in India. They repair old semi handlooms to help create work and support for local women in their area. The hand-embroidered work comes from Laos… So many hands have touched this [range] from all over the globe. A celebration of those who are unseen and unheard in the glamorous fashion industry.” See FASHFEST’s Facebook page for more pictures from the runway!
Images: Martin Ollman for FashFest