Students from three leading fashion schools in the country recently joined the Aboitiz Foundation’s Green Fashion Revolution, a fashion design competition that challenges participants to transform what is considered to be waste or trash into wearable and practical apparel, shoes, bags and accessories.
This year’s contest featured collections with the theme Life Flourishing on Land and in Water. This is the sixth installment since the Aboitiz Foundation scholars launched the event in Cebu in 2012.
The School of Fashion and Arts (SoFA) Design Institute, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), and Asia Pacific College (APC) fielded their creations in a runway show that coincided with the celebration of Earth Day.
The organizers revealed that the schools recycled approximately 200 kilos of ready-to-be-discarded materials to give birth to their designs.
SoFA Design Institute was awarded Grand Champion, with their compilation entitled Pagbabago (Transition), inspired by mangrove trees which exemplify resilience and flexibility, being able to thrive both on land and on water.
Benilde’s entry, which placed second, was called Retaso (Scraps), which used discarded denim and Pilmico flour and feed sacks sourced from Aboitiz companies to create clothes that were inspired by the sea. It also received the People’s Choice Award, which was decided on by online voting.
APC’s ensemble named Abaddon garnered third, which aimed to showcase reverse creation and the slow decline of the planet due to carelessness of its stewards.
Jean Goulbourn, a designer, mental health advocate, and Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising industry fellow, explained “According to statistics, an average person owns six to 10 pairs of jeans, but only uses three or four pairs. We thought about what happens to those jeans that we just leave in our closets unused or those that we just throw away. We made them into jackets and applied them on the accessories, as well.”
Goulbourn said the Aboitiz event was a rewarding experience for the groups. “More than receiving the awards and cash prizes, the process we went through was more memorable. Until the last minute, we were working on the garments like how it is during a real runway show. Seeing our collection on stage was very fulfilling. It carried all the time and labor we put into making our mere sketches come to life. Producing our own version of sustainable clothing was already an achievement for our team.”
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