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City of Bristol College celebrates eco-friendly choices with Sustainable Fashion Week

The UK’s first and only Sustainable Fashion Week debuted its brand-new catwalk show in Bristol on Wednesday 21 September, and City of Bristol College was proud to be a community partner.

Models strutted their stuff in upcycled, vintage and sustainable clothing with the ethereal venue of The Mount Without providing the perfect backdrop to explore creative clothing and switching up attitudes towards buying new.

Drag artist Astro Zenica brought their glamour and theatrical flair to the catwalk as the show’s lead host, enthralling visitors with a performance which was absurd, heartfelt and hilarious all at once.

The catwalk united four driving themes, Regenerate, Rewear, Repurpose and Reconnect, which encouraged attendees to look at their wardrobes in a new light to end the fast-fashion cycle. Sustainable Fashion Week’s community partners brought each of the themes to life with City of Bristol College representing the Reconnect theme.

City of Bristol College is Bristol’s biggest provider of further education, offering technical and vocational courses, apprenticeships and A Levels to 16-18-year olds across the South West. Our engaging, career-driven Fashion courses are taught in our purpose-built fashion studio at College Green Centre, giving students plenty of opportunities to explore their creative talents and hone their craft in a real-world environment.

Peter Kyriacou, School Liaison Officer, said “We were so excited to partner with Sustainable Fashion Week to put on a fashion show of our students’ work around the theme of ‘Reconnect’. Our fashion students and lecturers are talented, creative and passionate about the environment and we knew they would produce some fantastic work to display.”

Amelia Twine, Founder of Sustainable Fashion Week, said: “By showcasing how pre-loved and sustainable fashion can be worn again and again in a variety of different ways, we hope to inspire visitors to look at what they already have in their wardrobes and get creative! Just by switching up your perspective on what you already have, or swapping for something “new”, you’re already disrupting the fast-fashion cycle.”

All Sustainable Fashion Week activity was designed and delivered by A Single Thread CIC, a community interest company and non-profit organisation where all funds raised are used to drive further events and broader engagement.

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