“Healthy Seas” Fashion Project: An exhibition of fashions created with fabric woven from yarn reclaimed from the sea
- Posted by Anna Stamatiou
Between now and the 6th July the Golden Hall shopping centre is offering a unique opportunity to visit an exhibition that shows what can happen when environmentally aware fashion encounters the circular economy. The exhibition was created with the support of the Representation of the EC in Greece, and celebrates the first anniversary of MEDASSET’s role as coordinator in Greece of the successful European initiative: “Healthy Seas: A Journey from Waste to Wear”.
The principal aim of the exhibition is to provide each of us with information about the ways in which we can contribute to protection of the environment, and raise our awareness of the benefits of applying the principles of the circular economy to the products we buy, extending their useful life through appropriate recycling and reuse.
The garments displayed in the exhibition have all been created by students and recent graduates of the fashion department of AKTO College of Art and Design. They represent the work of finalists in MEDASSET’s competition, “Healthy Seas: A Journey from Waste to Wear” Fashion Project, which took place last May in collaboration with the DoitEco Project.
Each of the 10 exhibitors, chosen from an initial entry of 23, has used fabric woven in Italy from ECONYL® yarn together with other environmentally-friendly materials (such as organic cotton, plant-based dyes, re-purposed cloth, linen and canvas) to create a pair of garments based on a common concept; one a ‘ready to wear’ piece and the other a more ‘conceptual’ one.
The judging panel was composed of: Orsalia Parthenis, Anna Stamatiou, Angeliki Antonopoulou and Nopi Romanidou, with the general public invited to act as its 5th member. Within a week 1,774 people had cast a vote for their favourite designer via MEDASSET’s website. The winners, Katerina Rigopoulou (1st), Giorgos Voulgaris (2nd) and Afroditi Michailidi (3rd), were presented with their prizes at a special event that we held at the Athens Hilton on 17 May.
“Healthy Seas: A Journey from Waste to Wear” Fashion Project is run under the auspices of UNEP/MAP – the United Nations Environment Programme’s Mediterranean Action Plan under the Barcelona Convention, SEV Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Greek Council for UNESCO.
It is supported by the Representation of the EU in Greece and by: ASAP Athens, Planet Blue, Freddy Makeup Stage, Aquafil, Carvico, Jersey Lomelina, Parthenis Design Studio, the Hilton Hotel, Athens, Μega-Sign, Μusic-Works, and Kosmocar.
Communications sponsors are: Αthens Voice, SkipperonDeck.gr, econews.gr, The Citizen, Savoirville.gr, ελculture, epixeiro.gr, prasinizo.gr, onecon.gr, and Deluxe Magazine.
For more information visit: fromwastetowear.medasset.org/en