Who made your underpants? Perhaps this question sounds too personal?
Yet during a recent industry project between RMIT Diploma of Textiles Design and Development (TDD) and Etiko, students reflected about the impact of ethical and fair trade in Australia to prompt thinking about what they wear and their responsibilities as designers.
The opportunity to work with a company recognised for ethical and sustainable practices was inspiring.
In 2013, 2015 and 2016 Etiko achieved a phenomenal A+ ranking in the Australian Fashion Report. This company takes responsibility for its global supply chain, ensuring that production conditions are fair and whenever possible products are made from ecofriendly materials.
The underwear project invited students to create original textile designs for Etiko’s debut range of fair trade organic men’s and women’s underwear. The project was launched during Fair Trade Fortnight and the student’s designs were displayed in Building 514.
“Projects like this are so important for our students because Etiko are on the front line of change and are leaders within an industry confronted with many challenges.
The project with Etiko enabled students to gain a more profound understanding of the interrelationships between fibre production and some of the social impacts within fashion and textile supply chains.”
Lucy Adam, Project Leader and Dip. TDD teacher
“I loved the TDD Etiko and Fairtrade exhibition it’s great to see students integrating sustainability into their design practice. My favourite design was the flamingo print by Vanessa Pricone, because of the vibrancy, use of retro-vibe flamingo motif and well… who wouldn’t want flamingos on their knickers! Great work TDD students and Lucy!”
Sue Halliday, Short Courses Manager
And People’s Choice Award goes to…
And Etiko award, for the design taken into production, goes to…