Dressing better is so much more than what we wear. Imagine if our clothes had power. How could our fashion choices help to improve our mental health? How can our outfits empower women? What if the fabrics we choose could help clean up our waterways? What if the most beautiful clothes were also the best for people, animals and nature? Fashion is transforming and we have invited the trailblazers at the forefront of this regeneration to help us imagine dressing better.
With guest speakers Dörte de Jesus, Francesca Baur, Sarah Divall and Emma Lawson.
Dörte de Jesus
Dörte de Jesus worked as an art director for boutiques design studios, and magazines such as ELLE Magazine before she launched the independent, mindful fashion publication Lissome in spring 2016. Lissome offers a holistic perspective on fashion at the threshold of a new era, bringing together stories and visions of designers, artisans, and change leaders. Lissome is launching its first annual print edition in November this year. www.thelissome.com (Photo credit: Bella Fenning).
Francesca Baur of Fable & Base is a textile designer and teacher. Francesca works to commission making studio-produced textiles, which have been carefully sourced, printed and made locally whilst working with the community to produce a local cloth. She is researching and developing her work using natural dyes, print pastes and screen printing processes onto European linen.
Emma Lawson is the manager of COW VINTAGE in Birmingham. COW is a UK based brand sourcing and selling vintage clothing; being ethical has always been at the forefront of their business. They create their own reworked garments in the UK from salvaged materials and vintages pieces past their prime which they have become well known for. With stores all over the UK and a striking website they are spreading the message that shopping sustainably is the way forward! https://wearecow.com
Jayson Mansaray (Host)
Jayson Mansaray was recently featured in The Guardian for a ‘Secondhand September’ feature because of his love of second hand clothing, not just as fashion but as an environmentally conscious way of dressing. He is a broadcast journalist and presenter specialising in arts culture and entertainment. He co-presented the 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition programme on BBC2 with Kirsty Wark and has over eight years experience working on air, for outlets including TRT World, BBC5live and Reuters. He is a Trustee of two arts based charities - Streatham Space Project and Teatro Vivo.
Presented by CHANGE Festival
Time and Date: 6pm, Saturday, 19th October