St. Andrews’ largest annual student run arts festival, On The Rocks, got off to a strong and definitive start on Friday with the successful launch of Students for Global Health’s first fashion show – RE FORM. The show, held in Beacon Bar at 7 PM, highlighted renewable, reused and sustainable fashion drawn from both from environmentally friendly designers and charity shops right here in St. Andrews.
Students for Global Health, formerly known as Medsin, put on this immersive experience to draw attention to both the problems with the mainstream fashion industry and the accessibility of alternatives. Students for Global Health showcased the sourcing of clothing via alternative designers and secondhand sources. Information was displayed throughout the Beacon Bar, both on tables and on the walls, elaborating on where the clothes were coming from. At the event speakers explained how the fashion industry is wrought with issues of child labour, pollution and misogyny.
Over the course of the hour, models displayed items from a variety of sustainable labels such as THTC, Lost Shapes, Elizabeth Zuzann, Komodo, Gamine and Monkee Genes. In order for a designer’s work to be displayed at RE FORM, they had to meet some key criteria; the garments had to have been produced with minimal effect to the environment, the workers who produced the clothes must be supported by the label and provided with suitable working conditions and a fair wage, and lastly, the designers must have a concerted emphasis on making a positive impact. Additionally, clothes were donated from charity shops around St Andrews, contributing to the theme of sustainability.
This unique “Charity Fashion Show” imparted an important message upon their guests: sustainable fashion is all around us and just as easy to access as traditional consumer goods.
Students for Global Health is a student network and registered charity tackling global and local health inequalities through education, advocacy and community action. Having just elected their new committee for the 2018-2019 year, it will be interesting to see how they will continue their message of sustainability, health and equality in the coming year.