National Wool Museum is championing sustainable fashion with its new virtual exhibition

National Wool Museum is championing sustainable fashion with its new virtual exhibition

Photo by Cormac Hanrahan

We The Makers is a new biennial design festival showcasing slow fashion from around the world.

Geelong’s National Wool Museum is spotlighting sustainability within the global fashion industry, which has become one of the most wasteful industries on the planet, with its new We The Makers biennial design festival.

With the physical exhibition currently closed to the public as a result of the stage three lockdown in regional Victoria, you can check out We The Makers through the digital exhibition.

The exhibition focuses on the theme ‘Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion’ by showcasing 21 professional and emerging designers from around the world whose work is ethically and sustainably produced.

With Australians buying an average of 27kg of clothing and textiles each year, the second-highest per capita amount in the world, National Wool Museum is looking at the slow fashion movement to prompt Australians to ask where their clothes come from, who made them and where they go when we’re finished with them.

The exhibition, which launched in late June, also involved a competition judged by fashion industry designers and experts. The major prize of $10,000 was shared by two winners, Melbourne designer Rebecca Gully for her futuristic ‘Neutron Dance; what to wear to the disco apocalypse’ and the Newcastle-based Foong sisters of the slow fashion label High Tea With Mrs Woo, for their design ‘Six Seasons’.

Not only can you explore the collection online, but you can cast a vote for your favourite design for the People’s Choice Award.

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MEET THE MAKERS: CATERINA MONEA – FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE The National Wool Museum would like to introduce all 21 designers featured in We The Makers Designer Showcase. Over the next three weeks we'll feature a new maker and their video. Local designer Caterina 'Fight for the Future' dress was designed around the concept of our future being in desperate need of a sustainability hero. "In the designing and researching processes, I was inspired by superhero looks and began to put my own high fashion twist on this concept." To read more about the garment or if it was your favourite design follow the link in our bio to vote now in the Peoples Choice. The winner of the People’s Choice prize receives $2,000 from Geelong UNESCO City of Design. Follow @caterina_co_ on Instagram #WTM #Wethemakers #NWM #TheNationalWoolMuseum #geelong #exhibition #thingstodo #wool #fun #sustainablefashion #sustainability

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Check out the digital Meet The Makers biennial design festival here until November 22. 

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