MFW is holding an ethical fashion panel at Melbourne University

Image via REMUSE
Words by Mariah Papadopoulos

Local heroes.

As part of Melbourne Fashion Week, Ethical Clothing Australia is teaming up with Melbourne Uni to host a talk around sustainability in the fashion industry. 

Titled Emerging Ethical Fashion, the panel will give audiences the chance to hear from the designers behind four emerging Australian brands. They’ll talk through their experiences in making a name for themselves in the fashion industry, while remaining true to ethical design.

The pick of designers on the panel is diverse, with each of the brands bringing something different to the table.

Melbourne-based label REMUSE uses plant-based dyes, recycled fabrics and unaltered calico to make relaxed, androgynous pieces pairing bright and muted tones. Everything is designed and made at its studio in Collingwood, and it releases quarterly collections every equinox and solstice.

Vege Threads manufactures all its garments in Australia and is committed to an ethical supply chain. The brand is all about making a shift to slower living, with understated basic pieces in staple fabrics like merino and hemp. The label produces knitwear, denim, yoga wear and swimwear.

On the dressier side, there’s Allora, which picks up on a niche demand for wool and cashmere capes. They’re made in Melbourne and support local manufacturers and garment makers.

A.BCH is an independent label focused on holding the fashion industry accountable for its impact on the environment. Its pieces have clean, minimalist shapes and affordable pricing, and the brand is deliberately transparent when it comes to its design and manufacturing process. The label discloses everything from the supplier of the thread to what the packaging will be to ensure everything is 100% accountable. 

Emerging Ethical Fashion
University of Melbourne Copland Theatre
162 Berkeley Street, Carlton VIC
Thursday September 5, 6:45pm
General Admission $15
Get tickets here


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