Kirkstall Art Trail launches sustainable fashion show

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Photo and upcycled clothes by Lucy Howell Saffron Skies

By Mindy Goose

Kirkstall Art Trail 2024 is launching its first sustainable fashion show, ‘Gaia – Mother Earth Fashion Re-made’.

On Sunday 21 July, trail volunteers are turning the Nave of Kirkstall Abbey into a catwalk to host 20 local designers. They invited local residents to take part, with the challenge of transforming second-hand clothes into fabulous new outfits. 

Each of the designers has a budget of up to £30 to spend at Kirkstall’s Cancer Research Superstore. With many of the items at only £3, that budget will go a long way. Choosing their own model, whether a friend or a member of the family, they are not limited to who can wear the clothes. Kirkstall Art Trail is creating a culture of inclusion, anyone can sashay down the catwalk. 

The show comes with a powerful message for everyone, hence the reference to Mother Earth. At a time when the fashion industry is estimated to be the third most polluting industry in the world. It is a timely reminder that changing our lifestyle habits, to help out planet, is crucial. But it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice everything, it means more cash in you pocket and a great wardrobe.

Gaia – Mother Earth Fashion Re-Made is showing at 2pm on Sunday, 21 July, 2024. The Nave, Kirkstall Abbey. Free entry.

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