The other day I was scrolling through Instagram (oh, come on, we all do it!) and happened to watch an Instagram story by the Kensington Royal. It’s an Instagram devoted to stories about the younger royals. Yes, yes, I know. I love stories about the Royal family. I’ll blame that on my mom. This story happened to feature the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
Now, why am I talking about a fashion show put on by the Royal family in London? In this case, it’s because of their commitment and focus on environmentally friendly practices and handcrafts that brings it to my attention.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General and Eco Age (a marketing firm focused on sustainability) paired together designers and people around the Commonwealth to show the human potential of fashion. 53 countries were represented, with handcrafts and materials from those countries used in the finished products.
One of my favorite looks came from a collaboration between a New Zealand fashion designer and heritage artisans from the Cook Islands. They used techniques in the fabric that they use in marriage quilts, which are made by families for brides. The mixture of the old and new of so many of the pieces was really amazing.
The other reason I wanted to highlight this particular party was the use of so many sustainable items in the party itself. They reused plinths from old BBC sets to put the mannequins on. The mannequins had paper flower headdresses and those were made from recycled materials. The mannequins themselves were made of sugar cane, which is biodegradable.
I enjoyed seeing an event with such a focus on a sustainable future!