Our mission is to make sustainable and ethical fashion default.
Undress Runways celebrates the brilliant work of ethical designers from around the world.
We want to make public the demand for a fashion industry that values sustainable and ethical practices.
Things need to change.
Our focus is on showing you how to be more sustainable. By giving new life to pre-loved garments and examining the practices of our favourite labels, we, the Australian fashion community, can set new standards for the fashion industry.
Our annual runway show
We showcase a collection of ethical day-wear, evening wear, swimwear and lingerie from designers around the world.
We bring designer collections to one location, for one night every year, in a huge runway show. Think organic fabrics, garments dyed with turmeric and red wine, zero-waste collections, ethically produced garments, recycled accessories, bamboo underwear and much more.
Undress Runways is based in Brisbane, Australia.
Make it a positive one.
Make it a positive one.
Things have gone horribly wrong...
It's time to put a stop to unethical production, factory collapses and environmental destruction in the fashion industry.
It's time we send a strong message to mainstream brands. 1129 people died in a factory collapse in Bangladesh on the 24th of April, 2013. This is not okay. There are real people behind the clothes we wear everyday.
We want to make public the demand for a fashion industry that values our fellow human beings and the environment.
What is sustainable fashion?
Sustainable fashion is about being kind to our environment, responsible with our resources and treating our fellow garment workers like human beings. This means looking at the tag, using what you have and being creative in our wardrobe choices.
The garment lifecycle below explains the steps a piece of clothes moves through from seed to grave.
The use of environmentally friendly materials e.g., bamboo, hemp, organic cotton. Also, garments made from one fibre (e.g., 100% organic cotton) can be respun into fibres again at the end of use. Alternatively, look for blends that use organic textiles.
Take good care of your precious clothes. They really don’t enjoy places like the floor, really hot washing machines and sitting in the sun for days.
Employing energy and water efficient processes for dyes and finishes – or use natural dyes.
Minimising travel for the garment – importing and exporting around the world doesn’t leave a friendly carbon foot-print. Support locally made garments.
Minimal waste in the production process and ensuring safe, clean working conditions for workers – as well as fair wages.
Designing for dis-assembly so that clothes can be taken apart and re-introduced into the garment life-cycle. Designed with ‘no waste’. Using quality fabric will help them live longer.
Reusing, re-assembling, up-cycling, op-shopping, vintage and even raiding your friends’ wardrobes!
Minimise load on landfills by using biodegradable products.
Where do we draw the line?
Fashion sustainability is a complex issue – it’s nearly impossible to wear a 100% sustainable garment - unless you're naked.
Handy tips on how to be sustainable:
Join us at the next Undress runway show and learn more about sustainable fashion. Check out our favourite sustainable designers.