Redesign Fashion exhibition, Stockport Hat Works museum

PUBLISHED: 10:23 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 February 2013

Hat Works Museum

Hat Works Museum

An eye-catching new exhibition Redesign Fashion - How to change the world in style' has opened at Stockport's Hat Works museum.

An eye-catching new exhibition Redesign Fashion - How to change the world in style has opened at Stockports Hat Works museum.

This exhibition, curated by milliner Sharon Bainbridge, explores fashion from the make do and mend 1940s to the present day.

The 1940s trend for creating things with few materials is compared to todays
sustainable fashion scene which combines ecological and ethical principles with new ideas. In the past, efforts to limit waste were economically driven while today some designers make
choices based on the environmental and ethical impact of their work.

The exhibition features work from leading names in sustainable fashion - Mumbai-based installation artist, milliner and stylist Shilpa Chavan, Elsa Cappelli Hats, Upcycling milliner Jane Fryers, and fashion designer Lizzie Harrison of Antiform.

Councillor Iain Roberts, Stockport Councils lead member for tourism, praised the exhibition at its launch party: Redesigning Fashion is a topical, beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition featuring amazing contemporary millinery and design talent.

We hope it will raise awareness of designers who embrace eco-fashion principles, and also encourage visitors to reduce, reuse and recycle in their own lives.

Lizzie Harrison of Antiform, a brand using waste textiles added: Im really proud to be included in such a relevant and timely exhibition exploring the links between creativity and ingenuity at those times of limited resources - during the last world war and in the current climate.

The exhibition runs at Hat Works, owned by Stockport Council, until July 7th. Admission is free.

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