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Old clothing, fresh looks: Winnipeg fashion students embrace nationwide upcycling challenge

Fashion design students at a Winnipeg college are taking on a nationwide challenge that encourages up-and-coming designers to find ways to reduce waste by transforming worn garments and scraps into unique and updated outfits.

Research suggests Canadians end up throwing 85 per cent of their textiles into landfills, says Cal Lakhan, who teaches at York University’s faculty of environmental and urban change and specializes in waste diversion.

More than 1.1 billion kilograms of textile waste goes to landfills in Canada each year, Lakhan said, citing data from waste audits and research conducted by Sabine Weber, a professor at Seneca Polytechnic who also works with the sustainability non-profit Fashion Takes Action.

Much of that waste stems from fast fashion — cheap, trendy clothing that’s often only worn a handful of times.

“We just dump it,” said Lee Cirujales, a student at Winnipeg’s MC College, with a tone of frustration in her voice.

“There’s just so much waste in the world,” she added, remarking on how discarded clothes are often shipped off to other countries, with some excess items being burned in landfills. 

Cirujales and her classmates at MC College are taking part in the Upcycling Challenge, a Canada-wide contest put on by the advocacy group Fashion Revolution, which encourages students to breathe new life into tired old clothes.

WATCH | See the students’ upcycled designs:

Upcycling fashion to tackle textile waste

Fashion design students at Winnipeg’s MC College are taking on the Upcycling Challenge, a nationwide contest that encourages up-and-coming designers to transform worn clothing into unique, updated styles.

“Even a few garments, like a T-shirt or a sweatshirt that you upcycle and make into something else — a small thing can really make a huge difference,” said Cirujales.

Her entry in the Upcycling Challenge is a knit

ASU pupils embrace vintage style through secondhand suppliers

Fashion can be outlined by almost everything from the earrings somebody pairs with their bracelets to how several holes they reduce in their jeans. Fashion can also be embracing factors of more mature vogue to include into a modern outfit, hence the attractiveness of vintage trend.  

With the resurgence of corduroy jackets, bell-bottom jeans, flared sleeves and graphic tees reminiscent of the 90s and early 2000s, secondhand clothes has come to be a incredibly hot commodity in the present day age. 

“A large amount of my favourite items about vintage manner … is no one particular else has the very same style that you have,” stated Peter Bartos, a Fashion Collective club member and freshman studying English. “No one else has like the exact same prints. And if they do, it truly is heading to be extremely, extremely unusual.”

The affordability and quick availability by transport has built quick trend the new manner of buying dresses and constructing a wardrobe for quite a few shoppers.

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“I believe rapid trend is seriously flawed,” stated Nikita Anand, a junior researching business enterprise law. “I assume it is more challenging to locate, like distinctive parts of fast fashion, whereas, like, vintage and secondhand thrifting you can find a lot more.”

Having said that, with the uptick in acceptance for rapid style, numerous youthful buyers and self-proclaimed fashionistas have turned towards on-line searching for their garments. Websites like SHEIN, Endlessly 21, Cider and H&M have skyrocketed in acceptance many thanks to on line procuring hauls and unboxing films. 

When rapid fashion contributes to pollution and mass squander, recycled outfits can turn into repurposed to generate an specific look for students, producing it not only unique, but also far more sustainable a key piece in the

mainstream retailers embrace second-hand clothing

High street retailers are following in the footsteps of their online rivals, offering more second-hand clothes to lure in shoppers wanting to steer clear of fast fashion and hunt for bargains amid a cost of living crisis.

The second-hand clothing market has exploded over the last decade to an estimated £6.5bn last year, largely thanks to online sites like eBay, Vinted and Depop. That figure is expected to double by 2027.

In 2022, eBay saw a 24 per cent increase of circular fashion businesses join their site, and searches for pre-loved clothing on eBay UK have skyrocketed 1600 per cent since last summer.

Kirsty Keoghan, eBay UK’s global fashion general manager, told City A.M. that shoppers’ changing habits are down to two factors.

“The first is related to consumers’ growing awareness of their individual environmental footprint, and the second is related to their expectation of high-quality products at great value, which is more important than ever as we grapple with the cost-of-living crisis,” Keoghan said.

“A potential recession, the climate crisis, and global unrest are all reasons that, going into 2023, consumers are making shopping decisions based on value… as well as personal values,” Rati Sahi Levesque, co-CEO of online second-hand marketplace The Realreal, said following the publication of a report by the firm on the boom in circular fashion.

But, worried about losing out to online sellers, now mainstream high street retailers want a slice of the pie.

Last week J. Crew Group announced the launch of a resale programme ‘J.Crew Always’, which will sell curated vintage styles in select stores and customers’ pre-owned threads online in return for credit.

Selfridges has also set up its ‘Reselfridges’ scheme, saying it aims for 45 per cent of transactions to come from its circular scheme

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