Circular Fashion Expo 2.0 Recap - Fall 2022
750+ visitors, 1000+ garments recirculated, 40+ runway looks, and more.
The Circular Fashion Expo leveled up! To the ~750 people that visited the second edition of the event, thank you!
Here’s a CFE recap:
Approximately 1,000 garments were donated or recirculated across 57 vendors and the event’s Clothing Swap, which translates to ~1 million liters of water and 3,200kg of CO2e prevented from the production of new clothing. Unsold clothes were donated to local clothing repositories, namely Goodwill and Salt & Light, or kept for future low-cost resale through The Fashion Network’s virtual store, opening in Spring 2023.
The event art gallery featured 75 works from 30 artists across many mediums.
Our first-ever runway competition featured 46 looks across 25 designers, all made using recycled materials.
The competition winners:
Judges’ Choice Award ($1000) — “Who Burns? Who Mends?” by Bad For Your Health
Audience Choice Award ($500) — “Screened-In Bride” by Sheryl Malik
Dark/Night/Evil Theme Award ($500) — “Macerchism” by William Hohe
Light/Day/Good Theme Award ($500) — “Floral Fantasy” by Favilinda
Most Unique Material Used Award ($250) — “Water Once a Week” by Nolan Nemeroff
Absolute Zero Waste Award ($250) — “Nature’s Resurrection” by Grace Chialdikas
See all of the looks here.
“Sweet Tooth” by Miranda Mottlowitz
“Temporary 3uphoria” by Tehila Abdiel
“ZEENAT” by Aasiyah Adnan
To view all of the event photos, check out this folder drive.
Special shoutouts to our partners & supporters for making this event possible:
The Kat Walk — for making professional modeling an art form and spectacle.
The Girls Next Door A Capella — for being willing to merge fashion with music and try something out of their comfort zone.
Truth And Beauty Dance — for bringing the last-minute creative energy to combine fashion with dance, and slay the runway.
Furniture Lounge — for offering a generous batch of clothes to our models.
The Idea Store — for being the OG recycled material supply store.
Enactus’ Phoenix — for the dedication to uplifting the upcycling community.
CTRL+V — for offering volunteer staffing support to power the event.
Nour Longi — for being an epic MC on the fly.
DJ Tukupi — for the legendary tunes and setting the perfect vibe for the runway.
And of course, the Siebel Center for Design team for their unending support and willingness to let our team try our crazy ideas.
Interested in helping us produce the next Expo? Shoot us a DM on Instagram with how you’d like to get involved!
Already excited for the next Expo? Us too. It will take place on May 5th at SCD. Stay tuned.
Some of the most common feedback we received:
Having an event map in the building — it was hard to find some of the vendors & features, especially those in the Shop area.
Music & sound volume/quality — especially for the A Capella performance and MC announcements.
Efficiency and selection of clothing swap — wait times for donation processing were high.
Vendor layout — some people felt like their space was crowded.
Runway route, spacing, seating, and timing — make this more cohesive overall.
Have food available: food trucks or vendors — y’all we’re hungry!
Anything we’re missing? We want your feedback! Comment here or send us a DM on Instagram to leave us a note.
Happy holidays, and remember to keep it in the loop, futurist.
-J³ | Founder
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