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Slow Fashion is Moving Fast in Australia
Mar 17, 2018 - 12:00:54 PM

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Miha Pearce is the face of Inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia set for November 4-10 2018 to be held Port Douglas /QLD and 15-21 November Fremantle/WA (Photo: Shelbi Eastwood )

The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to be sponsoring the second annual Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) which will expand to two states in November, 2018, taking place in Port Douglas, Queensland from Nov. 4 –10, and Perth, Western Australia from Nov. 15 –21.

The week-long events will feature local and international designers who practise sustainable, local, and ethical production, either by recycling or upcycling, or by using organic and natural materials which do not leave a carbon footprint.

Founded by Perth-based eco fashion designer and visual artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy, Kuvan-Mills is taking her passion to a new level this year through the generous support of Douglas Shire and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

“We are still on a high from the success of last year’s event, but thanks to forward-thinking sponsors we’re now able to expand our audience and provide more options for local designers. We’re excited about our new partnerships and the change we can effect,” said Kuvan-Mills.
With fashion as one of the world’s largest pollutants, not to mention one of the least ethical trades, “What are you wearing?” is not just a question reserved for the red carpet. EFWA will bring awareness to fabrics and how our clothes are made; and make us think about where our clothing ends up after we’ve worn it – sadly, sometimes only once.

EFWA returns to Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia from Nov. 15 –21. Optical illusion artwork comes into view along Fremantle's historic High Street. (Photo: Alison Bremner )

Kuvan-Mills seeks to prove that eco fashion can be just as stylish as its fast fashion counterpart, while remaining socially and environmentally responsible. Designers who have a passion for creating a world where garments have a clean and positive story are those who will be seen at EFWA. Last year’s festival held in Fremantle was packed with 44 national and international runway shows..

The events will connect minds, and inspire designers, communities, and nations to move toward slow fashion which is ethical and ecologically sustaining for our planet.  Eco Fashion Week Australia is for everyone. It attracts knowledge seekers, artists, designers, local and international media, businesses and local government. It features design and textile art exhibitions, Mending and repair workshops,  Fashion Swap and seminars. Eco fashionistas can expect the same calibre of shows in 2018, as well as the return of the Anita Moon Awards of Excellence, and the ”Style it Green” challenge. EFWA will again present student designer shows and awards, collaborating with regional universities.

“Our goal is to ignite and inspire attendees to change their perspective on fashion. To take a good look at who is making their clothing, and be curious as to how it is manufactured,” said Zuhal-Mills.

Slide Show: Photos by Tourism Tropical North Queensland -- EFWA expands to Port Douglas, Queenland from Nov. 4 - 10, 2018.

EFWA has put out a call for designers who create with organic, recycled or upcycled fabrics, or use or create traditional hand-crafted textiles; use environmentally friendly fabrics (organic cotton, wool, alpaca, hemp, bamboo, silk ); show evidence of zero waste in their collection; use locally produced products. Strictly NO fur, and NO animal parts.

Eco Fashion Week Australia is proudly supported by Douglas Shire, Tourism Tropical  North Queensland, Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, The BahamasWeekly.com, Eluxe Magazine, Olio by Marilyn, Style Drama,  Dowerin GWN Machinery Field Days and Loig’s Music Lab. ECU University, and Curtin University.

For more information, or for designer registration go to: http://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/

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