Environmental fashion – the trend for 2010

Fashion - an industry not exactly known for its green credentials - could become more sustainable thanks to a thriving awards scheme.

The London College of Fashion recently held its ‘Fashioning the Future’ awards for the second year in a row.

It encourages students from around the world interested in fashion to look at the sustainability of what they wear and asks them to produce items which are kinder on the planet.

Watch leading fashion expert Dr Frances Corner talk about the awards and the industry as a whole by clicking on the video below.

This year’s winning items featured recycled cotton paper, exquisite design needing less laundering, hand crafted hemp satin and hand-knitted clothes that fasten onto basic wardrobe staples.

The theme of this year’s competition was water to highlight what DR Corner considers the ‘unsustainable reliance’ the fashion industry has upon it.

According to the college it can take up to 2700 litres of water to make a single cotton t-shirt, while one in eight people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water .

All of the winners will be invited to attend a unique collaborative week-long workshop in London in Spring 2010.

Travel expenses will be paid for and winners will meet and work with industry experts, discussing the future of our fashion industry.

Luke Walsh

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