Stratford fashion students' designs are anything but rubbish - The Stratford Observer

Stratford fashion students' designs are anything but rubbish

FASHION students’ latest creations were anything but rubbish.

The students from Stratford College teamed up with town environmental group Rubbish Friends to showcase their designs at Great Big Green Week.

They set up stall at the Sustainable Shakespeare Day held at New Place.

Rubbish Friends were at the event to raise awareness of issues of littering and the importance of recycling and preventing plastic pollution.

And after seeing images of the students rubbish-inspired fashion creations on the college’s social media, Rubbish Friends invited them to share their work at the event. There were three outfits made by students Daisy, Emily and Gabbie.

Daisy’s work showed empowerment and structure, with consideration given to circular fashion and using old clothes to create new fashion. Emily’s dress was based on coral reefs and its destruction from plastic waste, and Gabbie’s outfit was made from builder’s old rubble bags.

There was also a display which showcased a range of images from other students’ final projects.

Fashion lecturer Louisa Figus said: “It was great work experience as the students got to engage with the public to discuss topics of sustainability, circular fashion, reusing, repurposing and recycling and how it is woven through their projects and pass on their knowledge and understanding to others. Understanding these practises is important as they are our future generation of designers and makers.”

A Rubbish Friends spokesperson added:“The students produced thoughtful and impactful pieces challenging the public to consider the harm to marine life caused by plastic pollution. Litter is just the tip of the waste iceberg and Rubbish Friends is all about working with organisations who share our vision of a cleaner, greener future.”


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