In its seventh year the highly-acclaimed Fairtrade Fashion Show showcased young talent backed by a strong message at the Izzard Theatre.
Students from Bexhill College brought creativity to the fore with stunning designs all made from recycled materials.
Overall winners on the night included Nancy Myers for her Mediterranean-inspired top and skirt, Sabrina Siotto’s striking urban decay jacket and a dress made from scrap yarns, sweet wrappers and bubble wrap by Ellie Bonney-Jarman and Tayla Davison-Mitchell.
Bexhill Fairtrade committee praised these ethical creations while inviting speakers to talk about ethical trade. The evening raised awareness of issues such as child labour, pregnant women working with pesticides and the high suicide rate among cotton farmers.
Jack Doherty, chairman of the Bexhill Fairtrade Group, said: “We are so pleased to see local models bring a global dimension to the catwalk.
“The designs were ingenious using materials like plastic, paper, old curtains and ties to produce new clothes ethically without pollution.”
We are so pleased to see local models bring a global dimension to the catwalk. The designs were ingenious...Campaigner Jack Doherty
Liberation Foods are the UK’s only Fairtrade, farmer-owned nut company and MD Kate Gaskell gave a talk.
She explained how they do business differently and had produced a range of jewellery made from Fairtrade nuts modelled by celebrities.
Romain Renoux from Pants to Poverty showed how Fairtrade products could still be meaningful but eye-catching through engaging campaigns.He said: “We value the whole production chain from cotton to bottom. From the organic cotton farmers all the way through to the consumer.”
Fairtrade companies and long term supporters Nomads, Lovethatstuff, Traidcraft and Koolskools had designs modelled by students from St Richards, Bexhill Academy and Pestalozzi. Photos of the event are available to view on the Bexhill College Facebook page or on www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk.