The runway revolution

Updated: Jul 23, 2018, 10:30 IST | Dalreen Ramos | Mumbai

A series of seven films aims to showcase how creators, producers and consumers can make a difference through fashion

A film still featuring Ugandan brand Catherine and Sons
A film still featuring Ugandan brand Catherine and Sons

Only last week, Mumbaikars literally witnessed the turn of the tide with 9 tonnes of trash deposited along the Marine Drive promenade. Calling it karma, we go back to our screens. Life goes on without a second thought for many of us.

But some do stop to think of the whys and hows, and arrive at solutions to try and make this world a better place. And a series of seven films, part of Fashion Revolution Week, aims to do just that, showcasing how sustainable fashion isn't just limited to the environment but also involves people and practices.

rcrYasia Khomenko sourcing fabrics from a thrift store in Kiev

Commissioned by the British Council and directed by London-based director and photographer Kate Cox, the films profile seven practitioners across the globe. For example, in Beirut, fashion designer Cynthia Chamat has a philosophy that is distinct — using natural fabrics, she creates clothing that is already out-of-fashion. With a one-size-fits-all approach, her styles are gender-fluid, and yet incorporate local motifs. Meanwhile, Yasia Khomenko, a designer from Kiev, focuses on upcycling.

Cynthia ChamatCynthia Chamat in a still from a film for Fashion Revolution Week

She makes garments with fabrics that are either sourced from thrift stores or recycled, but adds a touch of storytelling to the process with playful prints inspired by fairytales.

Then there's Paara, a social enterprise design studio based in Dhaka, which works to enhance the lives of marginalised communities through projects that revolve around the built and natural environment.

The finished product can be a garment or a play space for children. In Philippines, marine biologist turned fashion designer, Ken Samudio, has a similar mission of sustainability. Living in an area where the national prison is situated, Samudio's employees are mostly wives or daughters of inmates, who work on accessories made from recycled beads or plastic bottles.

In addition to the Fashion Revolution series, a set of five films on sustainable fashion and crafts will also be screened at the event. These include films made part of the Crafting Futures programme in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

ON July 30, 7 pm onwards
AT Todi Mill Social, Mathuradas Mill Compund, Lower Parel.

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