Curated by O3 Gallery

Supported by Oxford Fashion Week

Following on from the success of Oxford's ‘Ethical Fashion Fest’ in March 2011, the O3 Gallery is set to curate a weekend of events designed to provoke thought about where clothes come from and whether they are ethically produced.

During Fairtrade Fortnight, the O3 Gallery has assembled a line-up of leading names to discuss the sustainability of fashion/design and whether there can ever be such things as ethical consumerism and ethical luxury.

Featuring guest speakers such as Veronica Crespi, the founder of London's first slow style consultancy and fashion expert Dr Pamela Ravasio whose webpage Shirahime, won best blog at the 2011 Observer Ethical Awards, this weekend of debates is designed to educate and provoke people to find out more about how their clothes are made.

Have Fairtrade projects actually benefited poorer communities? Are we helping to subsidise unsustainable industries by supporting Fairtrade initiatives? And are we romanticising the idea of Fairtrade? These are some of the questions that will be raised on Friday 9th March at the 'Fairtrade Fashion: Weaving the Fabric of Society' talk to be hosted at Oxford Brookes University.

The second event 'Sustainable Style: How to be an Ethical Consumer' is a must for any eco-conscious shopper. On Saturday 10th March, Veronica Crespi and Pamela Ravasio will be joined by Ute Decker to address the issues of the slow fashion movement, which encourages buying second-hand and vintage clothing and buying fewer items that will last you longer. This event to be held in Oxford University's beautiful Botanic Garden will also show attendees practical ways they can achieve a stylish wardrobe.

The final talk 'Can luxury goods be ethical?' will be held in the stylish Malmaison Hotel in Oxford Castle Quater. Featuring a panel of speakers, including bridalware designer Lucy Tammam who featured in last year’s Ethical Fashion Show at Oxford Fashion Week, this event on Sunday 11th March will bring down the curtain on an important weekend of events.

Care what you wear? Care where it comes from? See and be seen at the O3 Gallery's Ethical Fashion Symposium, which is supported by Oxford Fashion Week. Tickets are £5 per person per talk (£4 concessions) and available from

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