Kate Middleton Supports Sustainable Fashion
In the first event of its kind, The Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex hosted the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange on February 19, 2018 at Buckingham Palace. The London Fashion Week initiative made possible in part by sustainable fashion consultancy EcoAge, gathered 53 member countries including India, New Zealand and Bangladesh to celebrate sustainable production and manufacturing, artisan creativity, trade links and ethical supply chains across the fashion industry.
"One of the main aims [of the exchange] is to help unlock the potential of the artisan fashion trades which have a direct positive impact on female empowerment and poverty reduction," stated EcoAge, the coordinating consulting firm responsible for organizing the exchange. "The Fashion Exchange adds to a global push to delink fashion consumption from waste. It does this in a creative and organic way, by utilsing an alternative supply chain with sustainable characteristics. Those characteristics include small batch production, handwork, local materials and techniques that are embedded in historic and defining cultures."
According to the Royal twitter, the headdresses displayed on each of the mannequins in the State Rooms were created using 6,000 pieces of reclaimed paper from the film "Fast and The Furious 6." The mannequins used to display the artisan creations were also reclaimed from the set of BBC's famed televison show, "Doctor Who."
Kate Middleton arrived at the reception wearing a black and white lace Erdem dress and Anita Dongre earrings. Supporters included Burberry and Stella McCartney alongside notable guests Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles.
Learn more about the event and initiative here.