Last week, not one but two royal couples showed their support for sustainable fashion. During their Scandinavian tour, The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Daniel at the “Creative Industries” exhibition at Stockholm’s upmarket department store NK.
On display were innovative brands CuteCircuit, which developed the world’s first graphene dress, Ananas Anam, which pioneered leather made out of pineapples, and Bourgeois Boheme, which produces vegan and ethical shoes in Portugal. The royals also got an opportunity to interact with key Swedish stakeholders within research, fashion tech and industry.
And this is just a little glimpse into what lies in store for sustainable fashion this month. On 1 February, Eco-Age announced The Common Fashion Exchange – which seeks to showcase the power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links and highlight sustainability.
The project involves 52 countries of the Commonwealth in what could well be the world’s biggest fashion exchange, with 31 designers ranging from Karen Walker in New Zealand, Bibi Russell in Bangladesh, Stella McCartney and Burberry in the UK, and 26 artisans.
The Fashion Exchange will be celebrated at Buckingham Palace on 19 February at an event attended by The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex, which I am incredibly looking forward to.
The exhibition will then be transferred to Australia House on February 21st and open to the public, and be hosted around London in various other locations until it reaches The Queen Elizabeth Center during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in April.
With royals championing sustainable fashion, there’s every chance that 2018 will be our most green-and-glam year yet!