"Luxury should not be sacrificed for sustainability.
Aesthetics should not be sacrificed for sustainability.
Design should not be sacrificed for sustainability.
Detail should not be sacrificed for sustainability."
- Rachael Cassar
I decided to open this established designer post with this quote from Rachael Cassar, who is a UTS graduate and has now had her label for five years. This is one of the key ideas that Undress Brisbane aims to demonstrate. You can you still look good while dressing sustainably.
East of Grey
Pins by Lydra
Nathan Paul Swimwear
Nathan Paul has designed and produced swimwear locally in Melbourne since 2009. Each design is screen-printed by hand using fabric sourced locally and from Europe. The campaign for his most recent line Day of the Dead had international supermodel Andrej Pejic, who modelled for both male and female lines.
One Colour headed by Di Stitt is a great ethical label that is manufactured in Africa. They utilise one of the best techniques of manufacture and that is vertical integration – spinning, weaving, dying and sewing, all under one roof. By using local workers it means empowerment to individuals giving them independence for themselves as well as their families.
Madonna Bain is based in Byron Bay and produces intimates collections for women. She uses organic cotton and thinks that choosing an environmentally sensitive product should not compromise luxury.
East of Grey creates garments which are unique in every way. Kim Bailey founded the company on 2007 with the desire to create statement pieces and long-lasting garments to appeal to niche markets globally. The clothing is creates using recycled, vintage, hand-printed and hand-embellished fabrics.
Pins by Lydra have created leggings inspired by Melbourne locals. This community-based project incorporates designs by artists and musicians and enables them to receive commission from each piece. Have a look at their interesting designs and prints of the night!
Sinerji are an Australian owned business, which manufactures fair-trade clothing in Thailand. Their designs are made from organic cotton which is hand-loomed and the dyes are also vegetable-based and chemical free. They also make Australian jewellery which made from a high percentage of recycled materials.
Rachael Cassar is the most recent designer to join the show. Her couture collection has been on runways all around the world and brings a hint of international stardom to the show. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Kristen Steward and Carrie Underwood have worn Rachael Cassar's eco (95% recycled and up-cycled) gowns.