From textile waste to fashion. Students from the Fashion School at Canberra Institute of Technology showcase their range of innovative, non-gendered garments from discarded white sheets.
It is no secret that the fashion industry remains one of the most wasteful in the world, with over 90 million tonnes of textile waste produced annually. Every year, in Australia, 200,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles end up in landfill with Australians throwing away 6,000 kilos of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes. On average, every Australian buys 56 items of clothing annually, most of which are made from non-sustainable, non-durable materials.
Each year the Fashion School at Canberra Institute of Technology develops a project with first year students to refashion discarded white sheets donated by Capital Linen Service into shirts. With a focus on the use of all sustainable materials, the students create a range of innovative, non-gendered, stand-alone garments expanding on the basic construction of a white shirt.
White-Out showcases some of these garments by the future-makers of our clothes.
'Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.' - Vivienne Westwood
CIT Fashion School garments, image: Leighton Huthchinson, Courtesy CIT and the artist