I wanted to start a thread to link together any designers/ artists currently in the midlands area, to explore creating an event that encourages young people to engage in upcycling and different hand craft techniques, making ethical / sustainable fashion education more accessable to a broader population.
So.. a new proposal,
I want to encourage collaboration to deliver some exciting events in the summer and autumn to raise the profile of ethical and sustainable fashion in the midlands...
If you were at the FEI conference on march 2 - 3 listening to Otto Von Busch talk about hacking fashion then you wil begin to get the picture.. if not...
Birmingham has a massive creative community, the Secret Wars events are busy underground events that raise the profile of the artists or writers involved to help break streetstlye into the corporate mainstream (and maybe earn some money!)
This style of event, has different links such as Subism in Nottingham and other uk underground graff communities...
Why not begin styling events? these could be linked with retailers, charity shops, colleges, universities?
Fashion Designers / stylists can demonstrate their skills in restyling garments to a live audience. there is potential for stalls with a mini show to pick a winner
Event can be done in daytime or night, even on the back of a trailer on the street in a city.. there is potential to do this in a range of locations.
We can bring together artists, dj,s fashion designers, models, photographers, media production, in a club / pub / bar for some fun with a message.
There is 1 school of fashion at Gosta Green, one at Millenium point, one in Digbeth, Halesowen, Dudley, Stourbridge, Wolverhampton, Coventry... with fashion being an increasing area for education products, why don't we develop our own product as a group?
We can even apply for funding to get it off the ground when we know what we want...
All ideas appreciated..
I have a link for Birmingham 2013 city of culture for an event of this type..
Dan Fashion Man