Sustainable Fashion Tent

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5th May • 11am – 9pm

The fashion industry is the 3rd largest industry in the world, 2nd largest economic activity for intensity of trade and at least the 5th biggest polluter of any industry. In 2014, it employed between 60 and 75 million people but millions more operate within it as undocumented victims of slavery and child labour.

“Human rights and the environment pay a heavy price – a price that people can increasingly choose the lessen with the rise of ethical fashion.” United Nations

As the concept of ethical fashion garners increasing public notice, New Mode Collective ponders how we define its parameters, instigate change from industry leaders and what we, as clothed citizens, can do to weave our values into daily acts of dressing. Visit the Sustainable Fashion Tent to discover why fashion needs change and who, from designers to development workers, is making it happen.

Pop by any time throughout the day to chat to folk from Oxfam’s What She Makes campaign, and view textiles and fashion that centre social and environmental welfare.

Program Guide

12pm – 1pm | Emerging Designer Runway

A showcase of Zero Waste and Upcycled fashion, designed and created by Box Hill Institute Third Year Fashion Design students, and other emerging designers from around Australia.

Emerging Designer Runway

2pm – 3:30pm | Panel Discussion: What is Fair Fashion?

A discussion of how we define ethics and sustainability in relation to fashion and textiles. Who regulates these terms and, as #sustainablefashion gets increasingly trendy, how can people ensure their clothing truly reflects their values?


Courtney Holm

Founder A.BCH
Bachelor Fashion Design, University of Technology Sydney
A.BCH is a designer basics label offering a simple solution to a complex problem. With so much secrecy in the world of fashion, they err on the side of TMI, offering full disclosure as to how each of their pieces came to be. Every thread, every fibre, every button is accounted for, because we have nothing to hide.

Their clothes are made in Melbourne from organic, natural and recycled materials. From their buttons crafted from the seeds of fallen corozo fruit in Panama, to their family-owned, Ethical Clothing Australia-certified manufacturer in Melbourne’s inner north, they work tirelessly to ensure that every step of the journey is as thoughtful and sustainable as possible. When you buy one of their intelligently crafted garments, you’re becoming part of the solution.

Gab and Meg

Gab Murphy

Co-Founder Walk Sew Good
Walk Sew Good is the brainchild of Megan O’Malley and Gab Murphy. The pair spent 10 months walking across Southeast Asia in search of positive fashion stories. Since returning to Aus in 2017, they have continued to advocate for ethical fashion reform through their online presence and collaborations with Eco Warrior Princess, Green Hub and The Possibility Project.

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What She Makes Campaign Spokesperson

The What She Makes Campaign is an Oxfam initiative that holds big brands accountable for the conditions of garment workers. The project brings garment workers’ personal stories into the public eye and provides comprehensive reports on how the big brands stack up. What She Makes provides businesses and individuals with the opportunity to pledge their support for improved workers’ rights in the fashion industry.

4pm – 5pm | Fair & Ready-To-Wear Runway

A showcase of ethically produced, ready-to-wear mens and womenswear, designed and created by local and international fashion labels.

Fair & Ready-To-Wear Runway

5:30pm – 7pm | Panel Discussion: Localism

A discussion of today’s local fashion and textile industry; how we got here and where we’re going. Despite the prevalence of offshore manufacturing, designers and makers are increasingly choosing to produce right here in Aus with new mills, factories and textile businesses opening to accommodate this trend. Has the tide turned too late or could Australia hold a thriving textile industry as it once did, and what might the implications of this be for garment workers overseas?

Nicki Colls

Nicki Colls

Co-Founder Fibreshed Melbourne
Sustainability Engineer

Nicki has been instrumental in the foundation of Fibreshed Melbourne as she believes connecting communities around slow fashion is the way forward. Nicki is a sustainability professional with 15 years of leading change projects as both a project manager and business manager. (Photo by Kerry Bardot)

Angela Bell

Angela Bell

National Manager Ethical Clothing Australia
Bachelor of Media & Communications, post-graduate certificate in Social Impact

Angela Bell is the National Manager at Ethical Clothing Australia, commonly known as ECA®. Angela oversees a small team that works closely with local brands and manufacturers, the Textile, Clothing Footwear Union of Australia and the business community.
Angela started her career as a journalist and has worked in media and communications for a Minister of the Crown, the Australian Services Union, and the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012.

Before joining ECA® Angela worked in the private sector, for a law firm, overseeing the media and communications functions and social responsibility programs across Australia and the United Kingdom. She values the role of business and being able to do good at the same time.

Sian Rickards - Omaru Alpacas

Sian Rickards

Omaru Alpacas
Co founder of Omaru Alpacas and Alpaca Fibre Barn fibre processing mill. Sian has a passion for alpaca fibre and all its wonderful natural properties. She believes that local breeders who produce small volumes of fibre need a local line of production for their fibre so that they can value add to the raw product. From Paddock to Product onshore.

Sian and her husband Rob, have set up their mill so that it has the lowest possible environmental impact. She believes that the exponentially growing herd of Australian alpacas and their environmentally friendly fibre, has a real place in our local textile industry both in a boutique industry and as a commercially viable bulk industry.

Sian initially qualified as a teacher then moved into IT training and development. She also spent a number of years with her immigration consultation practice after which she ‘retired’ to the farm and became heavily involved in and quite passionate about the world of alpacas.

Host Organisation

New Mode Collective

New Mode Collective

New Mode is part of a global movement that is redesigning the fashion industry with people and planet at the centre. We host events and share news in order to connect conscious consumers with designers and producers making positive waves. Our values include greater transparency; fair and safe working conditions; and the abolition of slavery throughout textile and fashion supply chains, as well as the minimisation of waste, water use, pollution and emissions. In the words of Orsola De Castro, “[We] demand quality not only in the products [we] buy but in the lives of the people who made them.”
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