About 100 billion clothes are produced every year, 30% of them are not sold and up to 85% of the textiles end up in landfills.
As if that weren’t scary enough, Taylor University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Professor Dr. Pradeep Nair says that when we wash clothes, 500,000 tonnes of microfibers are released into the ocean each year – 50 billion plastic bottles.
As such, the varsity recently held a fashion show to showcase the production of sustainable clothing to raise awareness and support for ethical and environmentally-friendly fashion.
The theme of the event was “Love, Earth” and focused on sustainability and featured 60 outfits designed by 24 students of the Fashion Design Technology Program.
Dania Mefiana Putri Ong, a first-year fashion design technology student who created a zero-waste fashion collection for the show, said she didn’t know what sustainable fashion was before participating in “The Show.”
“After we were told that the theme of the show was about sustainability, we started learning about it. I also did my own research to better understand the topic to help me create my designs.
“This experience made me take sustainable fashion – especially zero waste – seriously, because not a single garment goes to waste in the design process,” said Dania from Indonesia.
Hata Dolmat, a Malaysian fashion designer who led the students for 14 weeks, described the students’ knowledge of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and the way they presented their fashion designs as “amazing and inspiring”.
Sustainable fashion production in Malaysia is still a struggle because most fashion designers see it as a burden due to their lack of knowledge about the subject.
“The students have shown that they have a clear purpose and direction as designers and are not creating attractive clothes that do not benefit nature,” he told the media.
The event was held at the varsity’s Subang Jaya campus on July 15.
Professor Pradeep said that the alarming amount of clothes wasted every year is a wake-up call to consumers, the fashion industry and education providers to equip future fashion designers with their knowledge, creativity and creativity to tackle these complex problems.
“We will continue to push the envelope in pedagogy and align our students to social issues and the Taylor Sphere ecosystem by addressing current market needs and helping the nation’s social and economic growth.
“Our interior architecture and fashion design technology students used recycled raw materials like t-shirts and plastics to create artwork and texture mesh for ‘The Show,'” he said, adding that the fashion design technology program is aided by technology. An impact-based approach to learning so that students graduate with the skills to design apparel with purpose and use technology.
The “show” was a joint collaboration between the varsity, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, Life Line Clothing Malaysia, FashinFidelity and Hatta.
Divided into three parts, experimental art from a clothing collection made from recycled denim and clothing, the zero waste fashion collection uses Taylor’s innovative design technique that utilizes every part of the fabric and unveils a Fashion Revolution collection to support the United Nations. SDGs by repurposing and reusing textiles from waste materials.