Sustainability Fashion Show at M.I.T


Fashion & Sustainability


Bringing Together Fashion & Sustainability

Fashion Aficionado attended MIT’s annual sustainability fashion show! The show celebrates creative fashion design and promotes waste reduction and sustainability!  Student designers from MIT created looks made of trash and recycled materials, and showcased their final designs on a runway. This unique fashion show is run by the MIT Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability.

The designers pushed the boundaries of their imagination with their design and fabric choices. Check out some of the amazing looks!

Fashion Aficionado viewpoint on the fashion industry and sustainability

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It’s 2019, peoples demands and expectations are changing. It’s time the fashion industry changes too. Right now, the fashion industry is hurting with a linear mentality. Large amounts of non-renewable recourses are used to make clothes that are often worn just a couple of times before discarded. (#FastFashion.) 🚫

When throwing away a garment that is still durable, many people fail to realize all the materials and recourses that were used to produce it. It’s a new ambition for the fashion industry, where clothes never become waste.

Positive developments are finally beginning to take place in the fashion and textile industry on a worldwide scale. Evidence of significant progress can be seen across the globe, from America and Europe to Africa and Southeast Asia. Of course there is still much to be asked, but thanks to a growing number of brave, creative, insightful, competent and concerned people, important steps are now taken to turn our present largely unsustainable fashion and textile industry into a more circular and sustainable one.

As part of this process, brands and retail companies are beginning to rethink their overall business and redesign their visions, strategies, supply chains, and practical procedures. New design practices are adopted, better fibers and materials are sought and tested, harmful chemicals are banned, new suppliers are connected, new production units are set up, new B2B partnerships and cross-sectoral collaborations are initiated, and additional customer services are introduced. All these measures are essential steps in working towards a more sustainable and circular fashion and sportswear industry.

For fashion to continue thriving, and not just surviving, its future must be circular. With a circular fashion system, clothes would be made with safe renewable materials,  that can be easily recovered and resold at the end of its usage. Wouldn’t that be a beautiful fashion system? Clothing should never be wasted!

To make fashion circular and shift industry customs, collaboration is imperative to building a new circular system that provides benefits for business, society, and our environment.

Right now there’s a lot that brands can do, but no organization can shift the system alone. Bringing together the fashion industry and innovators across industries to develop new solutions and scale the ones that work is imperative. The MIT Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability is a part of this collaborative change, which will eventually become a new standard in the industry.

To thrive in the future, the fashion industry would have to accept a new paradigm , which consists of three elements 👉🏻

1). New ways of doing business - or business models - that keep clothes in use for longer, such as sharing, swapping, rental, repair, and resale.

2). Materials should be safe and renewable in order that our clothes do not release microfibres that pollute the oceans,  the environment, and local ecosystems.

3). Solutions to turn old clothes into new, or designing clothes so that materials can be used again, and again, and again.

It’s time to redesign fashion’s future.

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