Green Gown Awards 2020 - University of Salford - Finalist

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Collaboration: Learning and sharing together

The environmental impacts of the fashion industry are enormous. The CARING SHARING brief for Fashion Image Making & Styling students addresses this and equips students with the capabilities they need to be tomorrow’s employees and game changers, who are not afraid to stand up for issues they believe in and who can work together to progress sustainable solutions within the fashion industry.  

Students are challenged to collaboratively create a ‘full look’ and supporting materials/responses, with a zero-waste anchor and ethical environmental consciousness at the core. Their work was exhibited as part of Go Green Salford month and included re-creating the iconic Louis Vuitton logo as a Green Party collaboration, patchwork blankets made from oil rig boiler suits and teaching schoolchildren how to reconnect to skills like sewing and dying. 

Through partnerships with internal and external groups, this project has had a far wider reach and impact than we originally anticipated.   

Top 3 learnings:

  1. We can inspire a community of creative practitioners at the forefront of sustainability. 
  2. Developing practical solutions to environmental issues is important to the fashion industry.  
  3. The outcomes of each group demonstrated the emotional complexities of the climate crisis.