Eco Fair – a compassion for fashion at the Debut Art Gallery
A fashion-conscious and eco-friendly organisation, Fashion Compassion held its second Eco-Fair at the chic and swanky Debut Contemporary Art Gallery. Music and drinks flowed throughout the entire event while guests absorbed the collaborative spectacle of art and fashion. With excited smiles, chatter and laughter all around, a lively atmosphere surrounded a real appreciation of the beauty in fashion and the opportunity to utilise this to help charitable efforts in developing countries.
Launched and founded by Ayesha Mustafa, the company aims to follow an ethical framework that aims to empower women from the developing world. Working like a PR company, we were informed that Fashion Compassion helps women across the globe, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, to establish their brands and talents, providing new skills and helping them to market themselves. Fashion Compassion gives these women a platform to promote their work, and it helps to show the world the hidden talents and skills of underprivileged women.
Beautifully printed handmade jewellery, scarves and bags were displayed across the room with a few paintings and sculptures presented nearby, emphasising how two worlds can be brought together. The fusion of art and ethical fashion created a positive and upbeat vibe which lasted throughout the entire event.
The products, which were established and promoted by Fashion Compassion, have been ethically made and crafted using recycled materials such as carrier bags and plastic bottles, and the people who have made these products were treated according to ethical principles. The stories behind some of the jewellery and products on display were empowering, leaving guests in awe and contemplating the importance of ethical fashion.
An example is BACA, set up by Kevin Ackermann and Johan Sundkvist, which helps female survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Serving as a form of therapy during the healing process, the survivors hand-make glass earrings and necklaces with very intricate details. These pieces were displayed graciously on the table, and were also on sale. This insight into the beauty and determination of these women was made possible by them. The company certainly lives up to its name.
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