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Published: 21st April 2023

Clothes swap, shop, repair, donate

Plus Fashion Reworn panel talk and screening of Fashion Reimagined

The Ealing Project, 1 High St, London W5 5DB

Wednesday 10th May 4pm – late

Register to attend for free here:

This event was created by Fashion Business students from the London School of Film, Media & Design at University of West London in collaboration with Ealing Council as a result of a joint project funded by The British Academy & SOS-UK Live. The aim of the event is to engage and educate the public about textile and clothing waste issues in the fashion industry, with the ultimate goal of reducing textile waste in the borough of Ealing.

The event is being designed to appeal to millennials and gen Z of Ealing and further afield, as key participants in fashion consumption and reinvention. It will be interactive to encourage attendees to learn about and adopt creative and responsible behaviours relating to fashion, with the goal of reducing textile waste.

The event, hosted at the Ealing Project, will feature:

  • A panel talk with industry experts to discuss global fashion issues from overconsumption to upcycling and responsible ways to pass on clothing. The panel talk will be moderated by sustainable fashion expert Charlotte Turner, with panellists including Bodinga Sambo-Donga (Circular Economy Project Manager at Ealing Council) Mary Horesh (founder of Ealing Repair Café and board member of Act for Ealing), Jose Baladron (Recycling Development Manager, TRAID), and Agnes Maciol (Cancer Research UK)
  • Screening of feature length film Fashion Reimagined, which follows the story of fashion designer Amy Powney who is on a mission to create a sustainable collection from field to finished garment and transform the way we engage with fashion
  • A clothes swap supported by the West London Waste Authority to encourage attendees to give a second life to unwanted garments
  • Mending workshop run by Ealing Repair Café to teach attendees easy ways to prolong the lives of their clothes, focusing on key skills from patching to darning
  • Upcycling workshop run by Re’Store to inspire attendees to rethink and reinvent their clothing
  • Curated pop-up stalls for local charity shops including Cancer Research UK, and small Ealing fashion businesses focused on upcycled and pre-loved fashion
  • Showcase of UWL student projects addressing core consumer issues, from apps to promote charity shops, social media strategies to get young people to engage with their existing wardrobes, creative garment design and journalism projects addressing waste

By taking part in this event, local businesses, organisations and charities will be able to reach new audiences and engage a younger generation of responsible residents. Attendees will leave having learned more about environmental and social issues in the fashion industry, new ways to extend the life of their clothing, responsible ways to pass on their clothing when they no longer want it, and new businesses to support in their local area.

Register to attend for free here:

Ealing Project