ABC: Designers turning offcuts into offbeat clothing for the Adelaide Fashion Festival – It is not the style of the fashion industry to re-use, reduce or recycle.
But behind the scenes of the Adelaide fashion world, an increasing number of designers are trying to alter that stereotype and work towards a waste-free industry. Anny Duff has created a sustainable clothing label — Good Studios — which uses recycled nylon swimwear and South Australian wool along with ethically sourced hemp fabrics.
“From the outside, we’re sort of seen as the alternative option to fashion, but for us, there’s not an alternative,” she said.
“It’s a lot harder to find the sustainable option … but I just wouldn’t be able to do it any other way. You’re stripping back the idea of a garment in everything that you create but you’re also tracing your supply chain as far back as you can. And it’s not just about being a sustainable brand, there’s so much out there that can already be taken from waste and made into something desirable again.”
Despite the movement away from “fast fashion”, high-profile fashion launches and festivals are still all about the latest designs and newest fabric. This year, however, the Adelaide Fashion Festival will buck the trend, putting recycled, vintage and offcut creations on to its runway.
Ms Duff, along with a number of other Adelaide designers and vintage enthusiasts, is designing a new line for the event using dead stock, the term given to the offcuts or oversupply of fabric and embellishments that fashion houses throw away. It will form a major part of Adelaide Fashion Festival event Slow Saturday, which will feature sustainable local designs and include discussions and workshops around ethical fashion.
“We’re really exploring the idea of dead stock and why it’s got such a taboo theme around it and we want to celebrate it,” Ms Duff said.
This year the Adelaide Fashion Festival will run from October 17 to 21. Read more at ABC.net.au