13 March 2012


Here at Sussex University the colour of choice this season was most definitely green. While you may be thinking of moss-green parkas, I'm talking about true green style; ethical and environmentally friendly fashion that doesn’t have to do bad to look good. On Wednesday 7th March, as part of Green Week, the School of Global Studies showcased the best of Brighton’s eco-fashion through a catwalk show with a conscience. While the rest of the world was focused on international fashion weeks, Sussex students needed to look no further than their own campus for the new trends and styles made from sustainable and organic materials in ethical ways.

Co-ordinated by Sussex alumna and successful model Renske McFarlane, the show also featured break-dancers, DJs and a talk from Rob Drake-Knight who won the Sustainable Business Award in 2010 with the company Rapanui. The Fair Shop, Lovethatstuff and Rapanui provided the outfits for the night, proving to Sussex students that being sartorially satisfied can be sustainable. Hair and make-up, done by Aveda using their plant-based products, showed that botanical beauty is catwalk worthy. 

Renske McFarlane, Sussex alumna and show co-ordinator

Stylist Daisy Moon Ellis with her help

Rehearsals get underway...

Models get their hair and make-up done by Aveda

My favourite look of the night; festival inspired grunge

This show, held on campus, will be performed again in Brighton in April. For all those who couldn't make this date, make sure you get your tickets for April!

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