Fashioned for Freedom is an event dedicated to providing a platform for sustainable fashion, from artisanal craftsmanship to upcycled clothing and fairtrade businesses - it is to celebrate fashion that works with rather than against the environment and human rights. Brands such as People Tree and newcomers Cock & Bull Menswear all turned up for an evening of fashion, food and dance. Proceeds from the night were to fund the Ghana Child Rescue and help bring awareness towards human trafficking.
Held at St. Mary's church in Wyndham, the turn out was impressive, as we got ready for the highlight of the night - a fashion show celebrating the best of sustainable style, hosted by Angela Buttolph and David Gyassi. There were also speeches from People Tree's founder Saphia Minney and the director of IOM Accra (International Organisation for Migration. Gyassi explained that the event was to fund 20 Ghanaian children who are victims of child trafficking. This incentive was also explained through a moving dance performance choreographed by The Natasha Project, which highlighted the effects of trafficking.
The event brought to light the shocking fact that slavery is still very much an issue - and unfortunately is an issue closely tied to the garment industry. Events like these show that there are alternatives to counteract fast fashion and the exploitative nature of its business. Thankfully, the slow fashion movement is growing in size, and options to the general consumer are increasing. Overall, a hugely successful night with a very positive message!