PORT Douglas model Meg Goodall couldn’t believe how environmentally sustainable the fashion industry could be.
The 21-year-old, who debuted at the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia event in Perth last year, can’t wait for the second stanza to come to her home town in November.
“I definitely think eco fashion is the way forward”, she said.
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“The event was a really full-on and great experience that definitely opened my eyes and made me think about sustainable fashion – even just little things like re-using clothes.
“I had a fantastic time meeting designers and models from all over the world so it is an invaluable opportunity for Far North Queensland to really get behind this event.”
Ms Goodall, who works at QT Resort, is one of many local models attending Eco Fashion Week in Port Douglas from November 4 to 10 this year.
There is still opportunity for people to get involved.
A “Green Carpet” launch for the event will be held at QT Resort on September 8.
The launch will feature a preview runway show, speakers and jazz music by the Cairns Stage Band. Radio personality, Angie Ayers will be the guest MC.
Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu said Eco Fashion Week Australia 2018 will be the region’s opportunity to stand up and be recognised on the world stage.
“All signs are pointing to our region, which is blessed with two World Heritage-listed icons, becoming eco-fashion hub,” she said.
“Council has the ability to drive a global culture shift towards ethical and sustainable fashion production.
“There is a sense that there is an eco-revolution upon us and we have two huge environmental assets in the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics to leverage.”
Council hopes the EFWA event can become an annual fixture on the Port Douglas events calendar.
A fashion gala will kick start an eco-packed week-long event that will feature community-based activities such as clothes mending workshops, an eco-market with locally handmade goods, designer showroom and education seminar.
Mayor Leu said this could turn into real economic results for the region.
“This could lead to retail stores popping up, education opportunities or primary production revolving around the eco fashion industry,” she said.
“Putting ourselves at the forefront of this means a stronger, more durable and diverse economy that creates genuine employment opportunities and attracts people to our region.”
EFWA be attended by global media and will showcase international and Australian eco fashion designers and models.
It will also be a chance for local designers and models to get their foot in the door.
EFWA Chief Executive Zuhal Kuvan Mills believes the event will bring global attention to climate change and its impact on the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropic rainforest.
“We hope to encourage a sustainable way of living while protecting natural resources and the environment,” she said.
“We can achieve this goal by providing education on sustainability and showcasing talented, young and creative people.”
For those who want to get involved, please visit: https://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/contact/
Eco-Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) began in 2017 in Perth, Western Australia and was founded by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, artist, designer and earth ambassador for Green Embassy, Australia’s first internationally recognised organic fashion label.
The event draws like-minded fashion designers and speakers from around the world. In 2018 EFWA expands to two Australian states. www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com
Eco Fashion Week Australia proudly partners with Douglas Shire Council; Explore Tropical North Queensland; Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef; Eluxe Magazine; The Bahamas Weekly; luxiders; Be Global Fashion Network; tommie magazine; Olio by Marilyn; Textile Beat; Style Drama; Dowerin GWN Machinery Field Days; LOIG’S MUSIC LAB; Dene Selby: Model School, Agency & Image Maker; Xpression Models; Claire Hair Boutique; Notre Dame University; The Beauty Room; Boss Makeovers; QT Port Douglas; Ethically Kate; Slow Down Style; A Small Wardrobe; Zuii Organic; Australian Made; Edith Cowan University; Curtin University; Eco Fashion Talk; Rainforest Rescue; Sea Shepherd; Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef; and Curtin Springs Paper.