“My fundamental concept in all of my designs embraces the spirit of sustainable fashion by giving wasted materials a new life. I a m passionate about recycling unwanted garments into ‘new’ clothes and accessories through creativity.”
“I am really honored to be a part of this project which has given us a chance to share our thoughts about global ecology beyond borders and nationality. The environmental issues are global issues and should be confronted and solved on the global level…”
“EDUN is very pleased to be part of the EcoChic event in Geneva, taking place in January 2010. It is extremely important that these types of events take place to raise the profile of sustainable fashion and promote its growth in the developing world. Fashion can be a valuable means to help countries out of poverty, not only through trade, but also by raising awareness.”
Sublet is socially and environmentally responsible in the way the clothing is sourced and manufactured.
Thanks to clothing donations from friends, we were able to select old, useless and unwanted clothes that fitted perfectly with Aalis’ principles.
“My inspiration was a book [...that] inspired me to create a showpiece that expressed elements of traditional dress and displayed the powerful character of women portrayed in these beautiful mystical stories…”
I really enjoyed the design process of the two deconstructed garments – taking what you
have and making something new. Taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. I think
the world is getting more aware that we do have a problem and we are over-consuming
I combine the timeless elegance of the past with the design influences of today.
“Fashion can affect change in our attitudes and in our perspectives. I made the choice to affect change through fashion because I believe that making permanent change in habit requires permanent change in perspective.”
Lucy has been concentrating on ethical fashion, also known as, eco fashion or sustainable fashion by designing, lecturing, consulting and writing on this topic.
ESTUNE designs clothing for strong, independent and modern women.
“NOIR has carved out a niche, showing that corporate social responsibility can be embodied by sexy designs. BLLACK NOIR allows for a more price conscious alternative suppovrting sustainable developments in the Third World. At the EcoChic Geneva event, I hope to showcase that ethical designs are as sexy and sophisticated as conventional fashion but add a heart.”
“There should be no compromise by going eco, in fact everything should be even better. Going green should be a natural way of life.”
“When I was working in fashion, it really bothered me the amount of waste that I saw during the shows, especially the money, as well as the materials and the whole production side of it. Why does it have to be like that? So I tried to find smaller family-run businesses to make pieces. It felt good to be doing that.”
Our clothing is made from all natural materials reflecting a strong commitment to an environmental-friendly process.
“Coco Chanel once quipped ‘Only those with no memory insist on their originality.’ Fashion is about beauty, creativity and style but above all else, it is a barometer of social change, a comment on our current state of mind. To be creative one does not always have to start from scratch.”
“NOIR has carved out a niche, showing that corporate social responsibility can be embodied by sexy designs. BLLACK NOIR allows for a more price conscious alternative supporting sustainable developments in the Third World. At the EcoChic Singapore event, I hope to showcase that ethical designs are as sexy and sophisticated as conventional fashion but add a heart.”
“This trail of creative ideas and recycled inventiveness continued and I reclaim, reuse and recreate anything I can into ethical beautiful things.”
Hand embellishments, handcrafted knitwear and hand painted silks give a distinctly special and eclectic appeal to his collections.
Disaya is the creative brainchild of award winning Disaya Prakobsantisukh, a graduate of the world-renowned fashion school, Central Saint Martins College of Fashion and Design.
“The muse of this dress is the Chinese Dumpling. The dress is made from organic silk jersey filament. The cutting and production process is very simple and so time is saved. I hope the relationship of the dress to a dumpling sparks people’s imagination and can create happiness.”
“My design concept is ‘Use less not Useless’. I strived to use less during the production process of my runway pieces. I hope my collection will help consumers to appreciate that use less is not useless.”
We want to give women the opportunity to feel good about their clothes and work with what already exists to achieve more.
Mulcair’s environmental philosophy is to use organic and sustainable materials in its designs while also maintaining an aesthetic that is the ultimate in trend and luxury.
ROSEW is a label that embodies the freedom, inner elegance and sexiness of modern urban women.
“Proving that living sustainably can be luxurious and easy is a cornerstone of my company. EcoChic not only gives back but also encourages environmentally sound living each and every day.”
“Being part of EcoChic has introduced sustainable fashion to me. I plan on using the organic fabric that I have used to make my garment in my future collections and working with the producers of that fabric. I have long wanted to provide sustainable fashion and I am excited at the idea of participating in an event that raises awareness of the environmental and social issues of our modern times. For me, it is not a trend but a lifestyle that I feel works for my label and my clients.”
Diane von Furstenberg first arrived in the fashion world in 1972 with her iconic wrap dress, the seed of what is today a full fashion house. By 1976, Diane had sold millions of her dresses, coming to symbolize female power...
“The fashion industry is today in an influential position to change itself as well as lead the entire green movement in all aspects of living. EcoChic is one such initiative and I am glad I am part of it.”
ajna was conceived by designer Beryl Man with the intention of infusing the ideals of sustainability into the world of high fashion.
“I love bamboo fiber as it has excellent color absorption, fast-drying capabilities and is known for draping elegantly from the body and feeling as soft as cashmere. Unlike silk, bamboo is wrinkle-resistant and can easily be tossed into a washer and dryer, making it much simpler to take care of. In addition to these fantastic fashion-friendly qualities, the use of bamboo in clothing also has many environmental advantages to offer.”
“I created an eco-friendly evening gown using silk that was dyed with berry fruits and natural vegetable dyes, so the silk has a low environmental impact. Using this type of ecologically-sensitive fabric was a first for me and it has inspired me to consider the impact that fashion designers have on the environment.”
According to Treehugger, “Ultra merges the ultimate duo: sustainability and style. The resultis cutting-edge fashion with an eye toward innovative design.”
Cocktail dresses made from hemp are Chinese designer Gu Yu’s specialty.
“Participation in Eco-Chic at the UN in Geneva is a wonderful opportunity to show the power of good design to create a sustainable road map to translate across all business practises to create the world we need. I created Ciel, to make a beautiful green dream come to life”.
the Austrian ethical label MILCH hijacks classic men’s fashion and transforms it into a new fashion for women
New York based Bahar Shahpar is a self-taught designer featured in domino magazine’s 2007 Green List.
“To us, sustainable fashion means creating garments inspired by the colour and the shapes of nature. In our opinion, this should be done by traditional and ancestral techniques. Sustainable fashion for us means to protect the environment, to minimise the impact, but also helping indigenous people to keep their tradition”.
“We use fashion as an instrument to connect different issues in contemporary society. We are trying to make clothing that customers will love to keep for years, like art pieces, rather than throw-away clothing.
“Eco-couture is definitely both a local and global issue. Designing with natural fibres and eco-friendly materials allows me to source sustainably within my homeland, while also creating high fashion inspired by the cultures of everywhere.”
“The goal of The Battalion is to be the modern purveyor of green luxury. Each season, the designer spots out the most coveted trends and sources the latest eco-friendly materials that are lifestyle enhancing and socially relevant. All of the products are designed with a perceptive eye, relentless taste, and a mission to make our world a better place.”
“For me real luxury is wrapping yourself in the softest most sumptuous materials to be had in the full knowledge that nothing and no-one is harmed as a consequence.”
“I a m passionate about combining the two traits of fashion that I love – creativity and innovation. When you combine these two traits with a solid sustainable design foundation, I believe that unexpected discoveries ca n be made to make tomorrow’s fashion industry more sustainable.”
Ecoskin uses only eco-friendly, luxe fabrics to deliver hip, contemporary and sophisticated design.
“Fashion is a tool and a language that enables us to communicate without using words. It’s a unique and international language. I believe that being part of this EcoChic project stretches the limits of my ability to communicate at a much deeper level.”
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“Long ago, everything on Earth was organic, and the word ‘organic’ didn’t even exist. In this mass-production society it is rather hard to find items that are purely organic and produced in a sustainable way. Fortunately, we are in a generation that is aware of these mistakes and we are starting to change our ways. Let us use this as motivation to learn from our mistakes and make better choices for the future. ”
Constructed from a Mans Wool Suit Jacket, the Multi Lapel Dress is recut and transformed into a figure hugging ladies halter neck dress
“Winning The EcoChic Design Award Hong Kong 2011 competition a nd then designing a collection for Esprit put my creativity and understanding of sustainable fashion to the test. The experience enriched my appreciation of sustainable fashion, which I’m now translating into my own designs at Mutt Museum.
“I am trying to translate these old outfits in a modern way. From unwanted basic styles into something clean yet sophisticated. Maybe somebody will treat them as if they were their new second skin”.
“I hope the fashion industry will continue to develop sustainable natural options for consumers. It is always nice to participate in something that is good for our world and the environment.”
“This eco-couture organic silk jersey gown is not only iconic of EcoChic, since it is eco-friendly and luxurious, but it also represents China. It has that East-meets-West look that catches everyone’s attention.”
“My participation is not only about showing how it is possible to build beautiful fashion images with sustainable fabrics, but it is also my concern about how fashion can be part of huge and necessary re-education for our Planet’s health.”
The NuoMi style is timeless and pays great attention to comfort, quality and detail primarily demonstrated by the choice of fabrics: bamboo, silk, cashmere, linen, soy and cotton.
“I seek to reveal the beauty of nature. By remembering the seventeenth century Joseon Dynasty, when a Korean painter Shin Yun-Bok was known for his realistic depictions of daily life and landscape paintings, I pay homage to an era where there was no pollution.”
LU LU CHEUNG sees beauty in such imperfections and recreates a gorgeous gown out of them
” I feel really lucky as an independent designer that worldview, technology and eco-textiles have moved together with eco-designers to make the product more available to everyone. Fashion creates a lot of problems, but it has the infrastructure and the creativity to solve a lot problems as well.”
“The operating principle behind the label is simple: what happens to the fashion’s industry’s production surplus and leftovers at the end of each season? From Somewhere re-thinks the fashion industry’s rubbish, reclaiming and up-cycling as a design solution to an environmental problem.”
This metropolitan fashion source of inspiration fills VIGOSS with endless creative design elements.
Amit wanted to illustrate the beauty of Envirosax eco bags and transform them into a luxurious and fashionable couture dress
“Environmental Justice Foundation makes a direct link between the need for environmental security and the defense of basic human rights.”
“It’s the first time that I had used bamboo and I was intrigued to learn about it’s environmental benefits. Participating and learning about sustainable textiles has been a great learning experience for me as a designer.”
“I have a much greater understanding of sustainable fashion following The EcoChic Design Award Hong Kong
2011 competition series. This made me consider sustainability throughout the entire design process so that I now integrate sustainable elements into all of my designs.”
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“As a fashion designer, I believe that fashion can be more than about looking and feeling good – that doing good can be part of the equation too. I hope to use my designs to show that beautiful fashion pieces and sustainability can come hand in hand.”
“The Andean Collection looks at each step of the supply chain to make sure that it is having a positive impact on the livelihoods of actors at each stage of production.”
Sustainable fashion should be easy and fun. I think that simple methods and playfulness are the best tools to educate and arouse people’s awareness about wastage. It is a game about reinterpreting second-hand clothes and discovering their potential.
“The gown is naturally organic and ecological since all the raw materials are natural fibre that have been created without the need to kill animals in order to obtain their rich materials.”
“We have vowed to make our company ‘greener every day’. We can make an impact on people and the environment by running our business a bit differently”.
“In the future, we plan to explore expanding our recycled materials to include industrial non-toxic products as ornaments for our clothing collection.”
“Timeless garments rooted in the textile tradition of India…”
“Following The EcoChic Design Award Hong Kong 2011, I had a richer understanding of sustainable fashion
design, from concepts to techniques. I’m now continuously reminded of the importance of decreasing waste in the fashion industry and it is for this reason that I developed my own sustainable brand.”
“My concern about the vast amounts of textile waste produced during garment production was
the main driver for me to enter this competition. I a m really excited and proud to be creating
fashion that is sustainable and stylish.”
“a.d.o is honored to be part of the EcoChic Asia community and help create awareness about sustainable living.”
“I am really proud to take part in this event as, in my opinion, fashion has to be the most direct reflection of what is happening in our world. More than ever, we have to be aware that if we don’t make efforts to recycle and preserve our environment, nobody will do it for us.”
“Vintage and second-hand garments have always played an important role in the fashion
industry. The great craftsmanship found within vintage pieces makes each and every piece
special and unique.
“My concept is based on the use and the reinterpretation of second-hand clothes. It is a social, economic and ethical choice. I have transformed these second-hand clothes into unique pieces that are chic and trendy.”
Johanna focuses on three areas of sustainable fashion; she uses sustainable materials, such as eco-yarn and recycled polyester, she uses zero waste design techniques and she reconstructs vintage items.
“Working on this organic cotton eco-couture dress has really inspired me about how designers can bring about lasting change in the fashion industry. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to use our talents, in this case for fashion designers their creativity, to offer meaningful solutions to improve the state of the environment.”
“Choosing to design sustainably or not is a decision that affects our own future and also the next generation’s living conditions. I hope that sustainable fashion will help to influence the community’s awareness about protecting the environment so as ultimately to make a ‘gift’ for our children.”
using surplus Speedo materials from the revolutionary Speedo LZR Racer suits following the decision by FINA
“When choosing a potentially sustainable resource, like the precious hardwoods, we ensure that in its new life, for example as a bracelet, the material lasts as long as it takes to re-grow another tree. Partly because of this, we are the biggest grower of indigenous trees in Mozambique.”
Melissa shoes are 100% recyclable and are made from MELFLEX plastic
“For EcoChic Geneva, I have used hundreds of natural fibre scraps from our own workshop to create a beautiful, super fine textural garment. We have a tradition of handmade garments from fine embroidery to simpler things. We have always been eco-friendly and recycled.”
The design concept is based on recycling and redesigning fabric scraps and patterns, thereby maximizing the usage of waste materials.
The design philosophy of Jade en plus is to provide purity, kindness, beauty and unlimited imagination to the lives of urban women. Jade en plus promotes eco-awareness by using many organic materials.
“Eco friendly is not just a word for people to read. We should consider it as a concept for our everyday life.”