The sixth edition of Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week is in full swing. This week is all about the sustainability of the fashion industry. An easy way to contribute is to buy and sell second-hand instead of new. As a second-hand designer platform, we try to inspire people every day to opt for second-hand in order to extend the life of items. An important question that occupies people during this event is: 'how do we make sure that we don't keep producing clothes from new materials and how can we manage to do something with the old materials?’.
Circular Fashion, Waste Reduction and (New Textile) Innovation
It won't surprise you, but the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. This is mainly due to the CO2 emissions that are released during the production of the clothing. A lot of raw materials are needed to make clothes. The use of water, land and chemicals for fabric has a major impact on the environment. A lot of today’s clothing items aren’t worn for long. It even seems that many clothing items are thrown away after wearing it 7 times. All this clothing ends up on a garbage dump. Over time, the clothing decomposes, and a large amount of methane is released. This gas damages the atmosphere.
Themes that return during this fashion week are: Circular Fashion, Waste Reduction and (New Textile) Innovation. The main goal of this Fashion Week is to give all developments, innovations and up- coming talents a stage, to bring these topics to the attention of a wide audience and to connect all interested parties. In addition, tangible tools are offered on how to take action and make the fashion industry more sustainable in order to have a positive impact on people and the environment.
Fashion shows, workshops, exhibitions and more..
Tommy Driessen opened the DSFW on Thursday October 3rd with his first collection: Fashtainable. Out of vintage fabrics from his archive he created 40 red carpet looks, ranging from black tie dresses to sexy sequin looks and casual to chic men's suits. A day later, Tim Dekkers, Sharita Karsten and Weiyu Hung showed their sustainable collection during the Future Fashion Show in the Hallen in Amsterdam. By using natural raw materials, waste, recycled plastic bottles and even coffee grit, they prove that fashion can also be solution-oriented!
But that's not all! Various events, catwalk shows, lectures, shopping routes, workshops and exhibitions are organized throughout the country. On Thursday the 10th of October, the "Mode op Bon" exhibition will be opened in het Verzetsmuseum. The exhibition, with designs by Viktor & Rolf, Ronald van der Kemp and Lisa Konno, among others, shows how fashion changed during the occupation and how they dealt with the lack of textiles.