Ireland Hosts 3rd Ethical Fashion Week with Katharine Hamnett (Dublin Event)


Katharine Hamnett slogan t-shirt. Credit: Katharine Hamnett
Re-Dress, a Dublin-based organization campaigning for ethical fashion, has announced the 3rd annual Ethical Fashion Week in Ireland, Fashion Evolution 2010 slated for May 26 (rescheduled from May 4). The event will serve as a platform for educating the fashion industry on more sustainable options in clothing manufacturing. Events range from a free screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Home to a forum discussion with Designer Katharine Hamnett, the originator of the slogan tee--stretch denim and jumpsuits are also among her claims to fame. Click through for highlights:
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Image courtesy of Re-Dress (cropped).

Re-Dress Founder Rosie O'Reilly says, "we want to bring the Irish fashion industry together and show them how to implement the tools for sustainable change through our week of scheduled events and workshops." Highlights from Re-Dress Fashion Evolution calendar:

EJF Cotton T-Shirt Exhibition

Exclusive designs from John Rocha, Alice Temperley, Christian Lacroix, Giles Deacon amongst many others encapsulate the ideals of the Environmental Justice Foundation campaign on child labour in the cotton industry. The exhibition will run from May 24-29 in The Greenhouse, Andrew Street, Dublin 2

More: Top Fashion Designers Think Fair Trade for EJF Cotton Campaign

Fashion Editor Constance Harris in Conversation with Designer Katharine Hamnett

Katharine Hamnett is considered to be one of the most copied designers in the world with her influence laying claim to the invention of the original slogan t-shirt, stretch denim, stonewashing, parachute silk, garment dyeing, leggings, lycra and jumpsuits. In 2004, she cancelled her licenses and began manufacturing her own ethical and environmental collection, laying down the gauntlet for industry change.

On Wednesday, May 26, hear Katharine's journey from one of the world's most prolific designers to being voted the 'Green Godmother' of the fashion industry.

DIY Fashion Skills

Taking inspiration from Vivienne Westwood's 'Do It Yourself' manifesto, Fashion Evolution will host a week's worth of fashion workshops including Crafternoon Tea, a fashion skills crash course for beginners; French Knickers and Cocktails, sew your own pair of frilly briefs; Curious Collars, upcycle old materials into a valuable fashion accessory, the collar.

Fashion Evolution runs from May 26-29 and takes place in various venues in Dublin, Ireland. Visit Re-Dress Fashion Evolution for details, locations.

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