An annual initiative by the students and faculty of Amity University Dubai’s Fashion Design Department, FASTE 2019 is a fashion show that aims to bring glamour to the forefront of sustainable fashion and textile recycling. The show’s theme ‘Made from waste, with taste’, follows a concept that focuses on reusing old clothing, textiles and waste materials to create eco-friendly collections.
The 2019 event kicked off with an interactive panel discussion on the popular topic of ‘fast fashion versus sustainable fashion’, moderated by Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s Digital Editor, Milli Modwood. The discussion that was attended by industry professionals, designers and university students from around the UAE, included Nathalie Neuilly, Founder of the made-to-order sustainable clothing brand, Dressarte and Matteo Boffa, General Manager and Co-Founder of ETUIX, which uses advertising posters made out of PVC to create fashion accessories.
From generic waste like magazines, plastic spoons, shopping bags, newspapers, plastic water bottles, chips packets, cable wires and plastic straws to old clothes, padded cushions and dated tablecloths, students collected and cleaned waste material that was then used to create avant-garde outfits were walked down the runway by student models.
With a goal to transform textile and non-textile waste into stunning, scalable and commercially viable collections that inspire an audience; students created an impressive selection of innovative and trendy garments that caught everyone’s attention. 45 looks were showcased at the FASTE runway fashion show which was open to design and non-design students from all universities in the UAE. The top 3 winners received prizes from event sponsors Regal Fabrics and Palladium.
Amity University Dubai’s Fashion Design programme has always focused on raising awareness about fast fashion and the environmental effects of mass production. It is very important that students are prepared for the future of the industry and FASTE is a great platform for them to create designs from scratch, ensuring that they meet the eco-friendly criteria.
Through FASTE, the University aims to spread awareness and bring in more students to support the movement and change the way businesses operate. Click here to learn more about the Amity Dubai Bachelor of Design (Fashion Design) programme.