Fashion Revolution: The South Coast to promote slow fashion at Bermagui

Sixteen-year-old Alex Martin will join like-minded fashionistas of the South Coast at the Fashion Revolution weekend at Bermagui.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Martin will join like-minded fashionistas of the South Coast at the Fashion Revolution weekend at Bermagui.

The South Coast's best sustainable fashion designers and suppliers will be coming together for a fashion parade, awards gala night and fashion exhibition open to the public at Bermagui on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

A group of passionate volunteers spent the past several months planning the event to celebrate Fashion Revolution Week and highlight fashion makers from Milton-Ulludulla to Eden.

"The event will celebrate and highlight some of the best slow fashion designers, makers, suppliers of ethical, up-cycling and recycling fashion along the South Coast," event coordinator Yolanda del Valle-Buetefuer said.

The global movement, Fashion Revolution, aims to push for a more sustainable fashion industry; campaigning for a systematic reform of the industry with a special focus on the need for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

Fashion Revolution Week also gives makers (predominantly women) a greater voice.

This Friday, at 6pm, the Bermagui Beach Hotel will host the fashion parade and awards gala night which will highlight a small dedicated number of labels and their commitment to a fairer, more ethical and sustainable fashion industry.

"This weekend is a big weekend for Fashion Revolution Bermagui, the first event of its kind," Ms del Valle-Buetefuer said.

Entrants in the Award are Mabel & Maimie of Wolumla, Rita Made of Tilba, Linen with Love of Eden, and the youngest entrant Alex Martin, 16, of Congo

"Alex has been influenced by her mother Joel Martin, who is also a slow fashion maker for her own label Kitamba," Ms del Valle-Buetefuer said.

Alex is currently undertaking fashion studies and has great aspirations to influence her age group and the fashion industry towards slow fashion.

She one day hopes to own her own unique slow fashion label - the alternative to fast fashion, advocating for fairness and sustainability for both consumers and producers.

On Saturday, April 27, between 10-4pm, the Bermagui Surf Club will be filled with designers, makers, up-cyclers, recyclers and suppliers of ethical fashion.

Strangers in Paradise, Esther Jane of Bermagui, Kitamba, Dynemania, Joxamara and even Salvos of Bega are just a few for Fashion Revolution Bermagui 2019 Expose.

"The tide has finally turned in the fashion industry for the good, an industry which impacts us all," Ms del Valle-Buetefuer said.

"Fashion revolution pioneers who have been advocating for decades are amongst some of the designers and makers featured in this weekend's Fashion Revolution Bermagui 2019 Expose and Fashion Show," she said.

For information on the event, click here or visit the Facebook page.

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