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The Sustainability Sessions

How can fashion designers change ‘business as usual’?

Rebeeca Earley with Melissa Helmsley and other guests.

During Autumn 2019 chef and author Melissa Hemsley curated the Sustainability Sessions; she dedicated one session to fashion, The Conscious Closet. Melissa wrote on Instagram:

“The awe inspiring @orsoladecastro creative director of @fash_rev spoke about asking the clothes brands you love #whomademyclothes and following updates on #imadeyourclothes as a way to celebrate the talents and skills of the farmers, artisans and factory workers who make your wardrobe. Fascinating Professor Rebecca Earley, a circular textile & fashion design expert @centreforcirculardesign talked us through circularity, what fashion students are learning and tips on being a more active conscious citizen. Fave designer @amy_powney of @motherofpearl (check out my cool cardigan she made) gave us an insight into the highs and lows of being a brand that puts sustainability at the top of her agenda and business model and the pressure she feels as a disruptor in the fashion industry. You're amazing, Amy. Last but not least my friend @venetiafalconer a slow fashion activist and host of the podcast, Talking Tastebuds who talked us through the positive mindset that she employs to get slow fashion and sustainability viral on her feed. And as always, every #sustainabilitysession shares the ticket price with a charity so I'm proud to have supported the global movement with @fash_rev with 1/3 of the ticket prices whose tag line is "We love fashion, but we don’t want our clothes to come at the cost of people or our planet". 🙌🏻🌍 . Thank you everyone who came. I loved our clothes swapping rail!”

Listen to the subsequent programme, Behind the Scenes with Amy Powney, the BBC Radio 4 episode