ECO FASHION WEEK REFLECTIONS

For the last 8 years Eco Fashion Week has put on a non-profit, sustainable fashion event aiming to present solutions and innovation working to develop a more responsible fashion industry. Founded by industry leaders Myriam Laroche and Nancy Bouchard, EFW did an outstanding job at showcasing local designers hungry for sustainability, including myself. 
I was dying to be a part of it but awfully intimidated of the whole industry. Like most niche groups, I suspected it to have that high-and-holy feel. I was so wrong... It had an include-everyone feel and the result was local, global, beautiful, fair and fun. I can only hope that other fashion events I attend in the future to be as welcoming but the bar is set pretty high on that front.
 
Here is the dress I made in 2015 for the Chic Sheets challenge. The concept was to make a Balmain inspired gown using Tintex fabric dyes and Fairmont Waterfront Hotel bedsheets that would have otherwise been discarded. 
After the event, invitations from other organizations flew my way. I really had to decide what I wanted for my life as a designer. To chase fashion shows or to develop a brand that was marketable to the public? So here I am in 2018 on my third season of producing a collection. Things are going quite well.  

From Eco Fashion Week Facebook page: 
"It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close this chapter of Eco Fashion Week as we know it. To step back and rethink if the format of our ground-breaking event is the way to continue to help the apparel and textile industry to shift towards a more ethical and transparent mission. We want to thank all the participants, partners, media and friends who have been supporting use for 8 years. And also to our amazing team, who have helped creating this unforgettable event xoxo You can read more about it in the The Vancouver Sun"
http://vancouversun.com/life/fashion-beauty/vancouvers-eco-fashion-week-is-no-more

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