The Forever Better with Miele Fashion Show put secondhand clothing centre-stage at Watermark, located above the iconic Star Ferry, on 16 June 2011. The show featured the works by 15 Hong Kong fashion designers who made their collections by reconstructing secondhand clothing, much of it sourced from Hong Kong’s used clothes recycling banks. Hot off the runway, selected pieces were exhibited and retailed by Hong Kong’s Harvey Nichols to raise funds for Redress.
Underpinning the creativity on the runway was the need to raise awareness about Hong Kong’s high textile waste rates. Every day, 253 tonnes of textiles are discarded into Hong Kong landfills despite the city having nearly 200 used clothing recycling banks.
To put the scale of Hong Kong’s textile waste entering landfill into perspective, we also presented a six meter high installation of previously discarded clothing, called ‘The 3% Mountain’. The exhibition represented a mere 3% of the Hong Kong’s textile waste sent to landfill daily.
Magnan & Tse