Over the next two and a half weeks, I will be documenting designers involved in this year’s Fairly Fashionable? challenge. Participants across Australia have just over two weeks to design and create a garment celebrating the ethically sourced fabric they received at the launch on 1st April, which culminates in a Fair Trade fashion show on Fashion Revolution Day, April 24th.
‘I was inspired to create a modern piece using the Fair Trade fabrics I received. I felt the idea of a “Fair Trade” item shouldn’t be branded as a particular fashion style or design, but rather the core source of the material and environment from where it originated from. I believe modern society needs to understand the production of clothing and fashion items to appreciate the true value of a garment’.
Nicola is an award winning designer whose brand Potter Gold specialises in bespoke designs and alterations of formal, bridal and evening wear. She told me she is greatly influenced by the glamour and elegance of the 1920s, where people dressed up to go out and didn’t leave the house without doing their hair and make-up. This is her second year in the competition, having also entered in Fairly Fashionable?’s inception last year.