Whitecliffe students lead the way in Sustainable Fashion in Wellington Campus!

On May 9th, Whitecliffe Wellington students organised #IMadeMyClothing day with Fashion Revolution New Zealand, led by Sophie Morrison, a Fashion Diploma student and Fashion Revolution NZ ambassador. This event celebrated the students' creativity and dedication as they presented their own clothing designs, perfectly embodying the values of Whitecliffe College and Fashion Revolution NZ—sustainable fashion and meaningful change. Discover how they are making a difference with their innovative and sustainable practices.

Whitecliffe students champion sustainability in Fashion

On May 9th, our students organised #IMadeMyClothing day with Fashion Revolution New Zealand, an event led by Sophie Morrison, a Fashion Diploma student and Fashion Revolution NZ ambassador. This day celebrated their creativity and dedication as they presented their own clothing designs. It was a perfect representation of what Whitecliffe College and Fashion Revolution NZ stand for—sustainable fashion and meaningful change.

Fashion Revolution New Zealand is part of a global movement striving for a more socially and environmentally responsible fashion industry. Our students are at the forefront of this movement, showcasing their skills and commitment to sustainability.

Sophie Morrison said she was deeply inspired by the principles of sustainability, which influenced her approach to fashion design.

Hands-on experience in Sustainable Fashion

Projects like #IMadeMyClothing day are integral to Whitecliffe’s fashion programmes. They provide students with real-world experience, blending creativity with sustainability.

Students gain comprehensive knowledge in:

  • Technical Skills: Precision in designing and constructing garments.
  • Textile Knowledge: Understanding fabrics and sustainable materials.
  • Creative Processes: Innovating from concept to final presentation.
  • Sustainable Practices: Incorporating eco-friendly methods and materials.

These skills are showcased through impressive portfolios and finished garments, demonstrating the student's ability to blend creativity with sustainability.

To our students, sustainability means designing beautiful garments that respect the environment and support ethical practices. Alicia Bell believes, "Sustainability means creating designs that not only look beautiful but also respect the environment and support ethical practices in the fashion industry." They make small changes in their lives, believing these actions collectively make a big impact. Michelle Taueki shares, "Sustainability had never been a big factor in my life before, but I am making small changes to better the planet. If we each make small changes, it creates a big impact." Through their creativity and commitment, they are redefining the future of fashion.

Preparing for the Future

Some diploma students are continuing their journey with our Bachelor of Sustainable Fashion Design programme at the Wellington campus, which launches in February 2025. This advanced programme further equips them with the skills and knowledge to make a significant impact in the fashion industry.

 

Here are some simple steps to a sustainable wardrobe:

  • Thrift and Upcycle: Shop second-hand and repurpose old clothes.
  • Educate Yourself: Use apps like Good On You to learn about brand ethics.
  • Repair and Reuse: Learn basic sewing skills to repair and upcycle your clothes.

 

Are you passionate about sustainable fashion or looking to make more environmentally-friendly choices? Learn more about the Sustainable Fashion School programmes at Whitecliffe College and become part of the change!

July 2024 + Feb intake open. Apply now!

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