Last night I was only in the London penthouse apartment of iconic fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes!
Dame Zandra was hosting the launch of her latest collection for my favourite ethical fashion brand People Tree.
The capsule collection consists of eight styles including jersey dresses, tops and woven dress, top and skirt in four of Zandra’s hand sketched designs.
Journalist Lucy Siegle who writes about ethical issues and has been a big voice championing ethical fashion was MC for the evening and did a splendid job. It was wonderful to hear about her trip to Bangladesh with People Tree founder Safia Minney and Dame Zandra. Safia introduced them to one of People Tree’s long term producer groups Swallows. One of the survivor’s of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 works at Swallows. It was so touching to hear how her life had been transformed by safe working conditions and a fair living wage – the basic human right we all take for granted.
We also learnt how Safia loved Zandra’s archive prints of lipsticks originally created in the 60’s and inspired by a Guy Bourdin ad in French Vogue and asked her to recreate them for this collection.
My favourite design from the collection is the rose print originally created for Zandra’s Rose Shawl Collection. Zandra loved meeting the women who hand weave these garments and use traditional techniques to block print the roses.
It truly was a wonderful insight into how People Tree works at being a producer centric brand building meaningful relationships with suppliers, designers and consumers to make affordable ethical fashion!
I came away from the event feeling more inspired and passionate about spreading the word on how important it is to make sustainability fashionable to protect our planet and people. My little blog is only a small voice but I promise you I am shouting really loudly!
I implore you to watch the True Cost movie to learn more about how important it is to care about the planet we live on and the people that live in it. After watching you will never think about the clothes you wear, your chosen skin, in the same way again.
I am also looking forward to reading Safia Minney’s new book Slow Fashion. Safia is one of the more inspiring women I have ever had the pleasure to meet.