Up-Cycling: A Fashion Fix

Upcycling Fashion Show

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Much to the excitement of the Fashion & Beauty team at Pegasus Pages, the first ever Up-Cycling Fashion Show was held in College last week. We’ve always been massive supporters of eco-friendly, cruelty-free fashion alternatives so the pioneering ideas of Miss Brandon were received openly. Miss Brandon kindly found a few minutes to sit down with Pegasus Pages.

What inspired you to hold an up cycling competition?

I wanted to raise awareness of the ethical and environmental issues surrounding our current obsession with fast fashion. We are all consumers of fashion (to a greater or lesser extent!) and therefore cannot avoid these issues or fail to take some responsibility for them. I want girls at CLC to be respons

Upcycling Fashion Show

ible consumers, making ethically and environmentally sound choices about the clothes they buy and where they buy them from.


Being the first of its kind in CLC history, do you think the up-cycling competition is something that you want to become a yearly tradition?

I would LOVE for it to become an annual event! We had sixteen entries this year – I would hope to double that next year.

What were your feelings on how the show went?

I was amazed by the creativity of all the entries. They were so individual and personal that it made it really difficult to decide on an overall winner! The girls demonstrated that they had excellent design and making skills, as well as great imagination and vision. Two of the girls (Hope Smith and Amy Bogard) even submitted projects explaining how they had made their garments and justifying their eco-credentials, which goes to show how much pleasure these girls got from taking on the up-cycling challenge. Everyone looked fabulous strutting down the catwalk and the audience were really supportive – lots of friends and Mums came to watch and they were a big part of its success. Obviously we were extremely fortunate to have two amazing prizes from Sweaty Betty, thanks to my wonderful DT Prefect, Freya Pelissier.


What tips would you give to CLC girls looking to become more environmentally aware in their fashion choices?

  • Recycle your clothing at charity shops and clothing banks.
  • Buy vintage or pre-worn clothing from second hand shops.
  • Shwopp rather than shop – by exchanging clothes with your friends you can gain a new wardrobe for free!
  • Make Do and Mend: get a basic sewing kit so that you can repair and adapt clothes to extend their lifespan.
  • Care for your clothes properly so that they last longer and wash them in an environmentally responsible way.
  • Support ethical retailers who sell clothes that carry the fair trade or organic cotton logos.
  • Take the One Dress Challenge: try wearing one dress for a period of time and accessorizing it differently each day!
  • Read Lucy Siegle’s book called “To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World” – it’s in Main Library.


We spoke to the Prefect behind the show: Freya Pelissier

“I think it is important to have opportunities in college to showcase creative talent and interests. The up-cycling competition allowed girls to be individual and take part in something that has a strong moral message about buying more sustainably and the immorality of living in a ‘throw away’ society. The girls and models had a great time showing off their creations and it was lovely to have friends and family at the fashion show to support them. Hopefully up-cycling has encouraged them to continue their enthusiasm for Textiles in College and beyond.”

Photography: Liberty Mann wearing winning dress by Lucy Pollock, photographed by Dave Stokes, Sosa Omorogbe, Shree Ganguly, and Kony Akinrele on 18th March, 2013.

Interview by Sosa Omorogbe with Miss Brandon and Freya Pelissier (SFC2).

Winners of competition and £100 Sweaty Betty vouchers: Lucy Pollock (SFC1) and Regina Agard-Brathwaite (LC1). Congratulations and well done from Pegasus Pages to all of those involved in the Up-Cycling Fashion Show.

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