Repurposing Men's Shirts at Eco Fashion Week Australia
Jun 12, 2018 - 12:47:50 AM
Creativity from the inaugural Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R. Wilson in 2017. (Photos by Harry Leonard Photography)
Week Australia (EFWA) is now accepting submissions from designers around
the world to create one unique look using men’s shirts for the return
of the Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R. Wilson. Accepted submissions
will be featured on the runway at the second annual event in November,
in two states: Nov. 4 – 10 in Port Douglas, Queensland; and Nov. 15 – 21
in Perth, Western Australia.
The Upcycling Challenge provides an
opportunity for sustainable designers to gain international attention,
and to encourage designers who are currently not using sustainable
practices to give it a try. The Challenge also promotes EFWA’s mandate
to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle garments rather than have them sent to a
landfill. Note – this challenge is only open to ‘new submissions,’ and
former participants are excluded.
“I can’t wait to see what new
and exciting designs the 2018 EFWA Upcycling Challenge will offer,” said
the EFWA Upcycling Challenge brainchild, Marilyn R. Wilson, “and I
want to thank everyone in advance for taking the time to submit.”
fashion stylist Dalija Valhjov, will be receiving the garments, setting
the show order and doing the model fittings/show styling this year.
“We’re so excited to have Dalija play such an intricate part of the
challenge this year,” said Wilson.
Marilyn R. Wilson stands center after the inaugural Upcycling Challenge in 2017. (Photo by Harry Leonard Photography)
June 30, 2018
Participating Designers Announced:
July 10, 2018
Deadline Garment must ARRIVE in Australia:
Oct. 1, 2018
runway look MUST be created from used men’s dress shirts. You can get
them from Op Shops (Thrift Stores), from the closets of family and
friends or discards from some other source. Use of any other fabrics
needs to be pre-approved and they must also be recycled/upcycled
How to submit:
send a drawing of the look you would like to create (a black and white
line drawing is fine) as well as a brief description of your inspiration
and the garment itself to email@example.com. PLEASE
NOTE Upcycling Challenge Submission in the subject line.
Costs to be paid by the designers selected:
entry fee of $80 USD must be paid by July 30, 2018. This covers all
costs to pick up your package from the post office as well as the costs
of packaging, postage fees and delivery to the post office to return the
garment to you after the show.
- All costs of materials.
- All shipping fees to send your garment to Australia.
Costs to be covered by EFWA:
- Runway show
- Hair and Makeup
- Show promotion
- Runway images
Media coverage of show includes:
- Show write-up on the EFWA website listing all designers plus social media links
- Individual designer interviews
- Post show coverage.
looks will be hand-selected by an EFWA panel. Please go over the
deadlines carefully to make sure you are able to meet them. Any garments
that do not arrive in time will not be included in the show.
Eco Fashion Week Australia is proudly supported by Douglas
Shire, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Business Events Cairns &
Great Barrier Reef, TheBahamasWeekly.com, Eluxe Magazine, Olio by
Marilyn, Style Drama, Dowerin GWN Machinery Field Days and Loig’s Music
Lab, Dene Selby Modeling Agency, Xpression Models, Claire Hair Boutique,
Jane Milburn, Notre Dame University, The Beauty Room, Boos Makers, QT
Port Douglas,, ECU University, and Curtin University.
About Marilyn R. Wilson:
R. Wilson is a freelance writer, published author and speaker who has
been covering the fashion scene for over 12 years. Her involvement with
Eco Fashion Week Australia’s first season in 2017 included social media,
designer and EFWA team interviews and creating the first ever EFWA
Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R. Wilson which featured the work of 21
designers from 12 countries.
About Eco-Fashion Week Australia:
Week Australia (EFWA) began in 2017 in Perth, Western Australia and was
founded by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, artist, designer and earth ambassador for
Green Embassy, Australia's first internationally recognised organic
fashion label. The event draws like-minded fashion designers and
speakers from around the world. In 2018 EFWA expands to two Australian
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