The Folksy blog was recently contacted by The Papered Parlour, an independent craft venue in Clapham to tell us about the mini arts festival event they are hosting at the V&A Museum of Childhood called ‘Ethical Fashion in the Age of Austerity’. It’s part of TimeOut’s First Thursdays where every month the galleries and museums of east London open their doors late for a chance to see amazing art, culture and events after hours. (Lucky East Londoners!)
We thought this event exploring ethical fashion through the frame of art and design would really strike a chord with our many members who believe that buying handmade is the best, often the result of a desire to be ethical and environmentally friendly by buying from UK artists and makers, but also because we want items that are unique and made with care. We know from listening to the discussions of our shopkeepers in our forums that they struggle with pricing their items, some of our sellers dramatically undervaluing the hard work that has gone into a piece in order to try and compete with high street prices and auction sites.
Ethical Fashion in the Age of Austerity
Thursday 03 March 2011, 6.00 – 9.00pm
Calling all fair trade fashionistas! Head down to the V&A Museum of Childhood for the first Thursday of March and join The Papered Parlour for an ethical fashion mini-festival. Uncover hidden workshops, live music, performance, panel discussion and craft stalls set amongst the museum’s exquisite collections. Celebrate the rise of ‘slow fashion’ as London’s leading eco-journalists, green stylists and ethical campaigners come together to discuss the key issues surrounding this growing social movement. In an age of austerity, can we justify the added expense of buying ethically? Or is Make-Do and Mend set to be the next big trend?
The line up reads like a who’s who of ethical fashion: Museum trustee and fashion legend Betty Jackson will be in attendance alongside the Guardian’s ‘Ethical Living’ columnist Lucy Siegle, who will be speaking about her forthcoming book ‘To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World?’. London’s ultra-cool stylist Jocelyn Whipple will be running a unique workshop on green styling, plus eco-campaigners ‘Labour Behind the Label’ and ‘Love Fashion Hate Sweat Shops’ will be offering top tips on how to be stylishly sustainable. The event is hosted by celebrated craft venue The Papered Parlour, who will be holding a series of ‘make do and mend’ workshops with Piney Gir and Young & Lost Club providing a fabulous soundtrack along the way. So get your ethical act together and get into fair trade fashion at the V&A Museum of Childhood this spring!
What do you think?
We’d love to hear opinions from our readers about this issue – do you ‘make do and mend’ as much as you can enabling you to afford to pay a little more for ethically sourced clothing? Were you taught to darn socks and sew on patches in school or at home by your mother – would you have the time or inclination to do this even if you were, would your children be happy to wear patched up clothes, not all of us are as skilled as some of the excellent seamstresses here on Folksy, especially when new school trousers from the supermarket cost as little as £4 (less than many kids weekly pocket money).
Do leave a comment and let us know your thoughts…