Ealing inspired to get creative with sustainable fashion

Love fashion? Love planet Earth?

Get involved with most climate cool event this autumn The Sustainable Fashion Show and Swap on Saturday 8 October from 1-4pm at Gunnersbury Park Museum. Multiple Ealing organisations have collaborated to launch a brilliant new programme called Ealing Sewn Up, to inspire the everyone who lives, works and learns in Ealing to experience the creativity and joy of a sustainable wardrobe.

Brits buy more clothes than any other country in Europe and we currently buy twice as many clothes as we did fifteen years ago (Fast Fashion is harming the planet, BBC) . Unfortunately the fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters and produces more climate emissions than shipping and aviation combined (The five: ways that fashion threatens the planet, The Guardian). To top it off, a huge amount of all that fashion is simply binned, as the equivalent of one rubbish truck of textiles is landfilled or burned every second (Putting the brakes on fast fashion, UN Environmental Programme)!

Ealing Sewn Up is on a mission to motivate the borough of Ealing to adopt a more innovative and climate friendly approach to choosing what to wear. The organisations behind this brand-new collaboration have created a programme of activities and events to celebrate and share a range of inspired fashion skills to create a sustainable wardrobe (and save cash along the way).

Check out the EalingSewnUp webpage for the brilliant classes scheduled during the summer and beyond, such as tie-dye workshops, patching masterclasses and “stitch & natter” sessions. These amazing skills (and more) will then be showcased at the Sustainable Fashion Show & Swap in the stunning Long Gallery at Gunnersbury Park Museum on Saturday 8 October. The event will feature a catwalk show, with makeup by West Thames College and choreography by local Bollywood choreographer, Sonal Thukral. It will showcase sustainable style ideas that can immediately be adopted at the accompanying Fashion Swap.

“Gunnersbury Park Museum is incredibly excited to be hosting this inspiring event. It promises to showcase real-life ideas on how to reimagine your wardrobe and discovering the perfect new outfit through a clothes swap.”

Ellie Lewis-Nunes, Heritage & Communities Manager at Gunnersbury Park Museum

The programme also includes unique activities for Ealing’s schools. Sustainable fashion art-class takeovers for primary schools in Ealing have been funded by Falcons Pre-Prep
. Ealing Broadway is also sponsoring a mural design competition for secondary schools in the borough. The primary school workshops hosted by Design-It-Yourself will teach pupils new sustainable fashion skills and separately, secondary school pupils will be invited to submit design ideas to create a brand-new sustainable fashion mural in Ealing Broadway with artistic support from Paint Your Planet.

“Ealing Broadway is committed to supporting a more sustainable community and through Ealing Sewn Up’s project. This really reflects how important young people are in our community to a net zero future. Thanks to our LoveNotLandfill clothing donation point too, everyone can contribute to sustainable fashion.”

Andrew Rollings, Centre Director at Ealing Broadway

There will be so much to learn and experience with Ealing Sewn Up and thanks to Ealing cinematographer, Narvir Singh and local camera rental company, VMI TV – short films will
be made to share the skills, ideas and excitement with everyone in Ealing (and beyond!).

If you live, work or learn in Ealing please donate your time to make this the ultimate
celebration of sustainable creativity in the borough. Ealing Sewn Up is keen to expand its
growing team of volunteers, they are looking for:

  • models who represent the a variety of ages, shapes and colours in Ealing
  • stylists keen to curate and celebrate sustainable style
  • creative clothing items that have been sewn, repaired, embellished, patched/adapted to inspire others to reimagine their wardrobes (the items will be returned to their makers after the Fashion Show). Ealing Repair Café has lots of guides and projects to inspire designs and mends. Pop along to one of their sessions to find out more 
  • supporters who can help sort clothing, help with set up and generally help make the magic happen
  • donations of clean, no-longer-worn clothes that could transform an outfit for someone else (sign up to ActForEaling for donation point details).

Thanks to the growing collaboration behind Ealing Sewn Up, this exciting programme promises to be packed with fun, fashion and sustainability that will leave you buzzing with creativity and a new approach to fashion that will also save you money.

Click here to learn more on how to get involved with Ealing Sewn Up or register for the ActForEaling newsletter or follow ActForEaling on Twitter or Facebook to be the first to know when tickets are released.

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