One Love: Unbound fashion show returns

Models pose for photoshoot, displaying student-designed garments. CREDIT: EMMA BUTLER
The show, called Unbound, puts sustainable fashion designed by students at the college on display.

On April 12, Fanshawe’s fashion design program will present their annual year-end fashion show event which commemorates fashion design graduates and members within the different disciplines from Fanshawe’s School of Design.

The show, called Unbound, puts sustainable fashion designed by students at the college on display.

Unbound is a collaboration between multiple programs across the college. This year’s event will be in-person, hosted at 100 Kellogg Lane, and will include guest speakers, cultural collections, live portfolio and collection presentations and a meet-and-greet with the designers.

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“This year’s sustainable fashion theme, ‘One Love,’ sends a message of oneness, compassion, love, and respect for all humans and our shared home, Earth,” said Loren Couto, Creative Director for Unbound and sustainable fashion professor at Fanshawe. “Fashion has always been an important way for people to define themselves, and as such, it can be a powerful tool to creatively express an emerging movement toward harmony, respect for our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with nature. This year, designers have focused on integrating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to improve gender equality and climate action.”

Unbound “One Love” aims to raise awareness and educate people about sustainability, gender fluidity, and water protection. It also intends to encourage thought-provoking conversations on these important topics. It will feature 16 sustainable fashion designers who will be sharing their collections and fashion portfolios. Unbound is a SILEX (Signature innovative learning experiences) project for the students partaking. The third-year fashion design students aren’t the only people involved, as Unbound is also a collaboration between the fashion design, fashion marketing & management, video effects and editing, broadcast radio & TV, advanced filmmaking, photography, music industry arts and school of business programs.

“The Unbound events are not only to showcase students’ work, but are also to provide education, specifically around sustainability, and the fashion industry,” said student Jacqueline Bradica, a team member with Unbound. “So, it is very important for us to gather speakers together like this and to try to make people more aware of this important cause.”

Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m. and the show will run until 10 p.m. Tickets for Unbound “One Love” are now available online for $50.