The True Cost of Fashion: Winners Announced

Students were challenged to think about the true cost of fashion and come up with innovative ways to up-cycle and reuse materials that were otherwise at the end of their life, to create textile heirlooms and to create items of ’emotional value’ . All of our students worked very hard on their submissions, starting from initial design to final execution. We asked Sarah from Fashion Revolution to be our judge. Fashion Revolution’s goal is to transform the Fashion Industry by raising awareness of the importance of ethical and sustainable fashion.

“We want to unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way.” -Fashion Revolution

Sarah was very impressed with everyone’s work and had a difficult time choosing a winner. Nevertheless, we have our winners below:



Honorable Mention: Emily, Kiera, and Annie

Kiera, Annie, and Emily worked as a team to up-cycle old jeans into fashionable denim skirts. They personalized their designs by adding embroidery and button closures. The attention to detail is remarkable. Even though they worked together, each girl’s skirt showed off her own personal style. Finding ways to up-cycle clothing already in your closet is the perfect way to reduce textile waste, as well as save money.





Honorable Mention: Maryanhoo

Maryanhoo added a new spin on her Mum’s dress by turning it into a lovely top with contrast lycra sleeves. Can you believe it was only her first term with us? Our judge was as impressed as we are with her work adding “Lycra is very difficult to sew on because of the stretch, so it’s impressive she was able to make this look so tidy. The style is also very modern. I have seen tops like this in the shops”. We especially love the mix of bright colours. If this is what Maryanhoo can do in her first term, we can’t wait to see what she has up those magenta sleeves next term!






3rd Place: Katherine

Our 3rd place winner is Katherine! She undertook one of the hardest challenges because her Ted Baker sample pieces were a mix of different sizes. She had to figure out a way to cut some down so that they would all fit together. Katherine’s hard work was definitely worth it. This jacket is the perfect layering piece, and aren’t you obsessed with this print? “Very modern design and ambitious to make a jacket. Zips are very difficult and she did a great job. I love the black triangle features on the shoulders,” commented Sarah.








2nd Place: Layla

Coming in 2nd place is Layla with her gorgeous up-cycled dress. Layla’s accurate smocking transformed 2 sample squares of fabric into this stunning design. Our judge was very impressed with her construction and design stating that is was “chic yet classic”. For anyone making a ‘Little Black Dress’ there is no better compliment than that. This dress can be worn in any season, so Layla did a great job at turning something most would overlook into a dress she will get a ton of wear out of.





1st Place: Aurora

Aurora up-cycled some old jeans into this fabulous “Cleo” dress. She used a pattern by Tilly and the Buttons, and added her own spin by making the front pocket a contrasting colour. Our judge Sarah loved Aurora’s dress noting the excellent fit and construction. The dress is very on-trend and she could envision it being sold in shops. The creative use of denims in different colours adds to the “cool girl” nature of the dress. We could see loads of people wanting to buy a dress like Aurora’s including our judge Sarah who loved the dress so much that she would want to wear it herself



Congratulations to all our winners, and a special thank you to our lovely judge Sarah. We were so impressed by everyone’s work and can’t wait to see what they come up with next term. Below are some of our other amazing submissions: