Over 160 people attended Poplar Fashion Week from 29th July – 1st August, which hosted free fashion-based workshops, classes and discussions in venues across Poplar. The week’s events celebrated fashion talent by bringing together local designers, students and enthusiasts to share knowledge and learn new skills.
Poplar Fashion Week was organised as part of Poplar Works, a new space for fashion in East London opening in November 2019. The project, delivered in partnership between Poplar HARCA, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and The Trampery, will provide low-cost workspace, a training centre and a garment production unit to bring fashion back to its East End roots. Poplar Works will support people and business to reach their full potential in the fashion industry.
Poplar Fashion Week’s free events included:
- Radical embroidery with Moody Bright Designs, hosted at Poplar Union
- Creative Direction with Namal Lanka, hosted at the Teviot Centre
- Body Casting workshop with London College of Fashion, UAL hosted at the Linc Centre
- An Introduction to Intellectual Property with Swim XYZ and Sheridans hosted by Launch 22 at the Chrisp Street Exchange
- Sustainability for Early Stage Fashion SMEs: A Panel Discussion, hosted at the Chrisp Street Exchange
- Digital Embroidery at Bow Sewing Centre
- Screen-printing at Spotlight
- Aberfeldy Knitters Club at the Tommy Flowers Community Pub
- Panel Cutting Masterclass with Daniel Kluth, hosted at Poplar Union
A common thread throughout the programme was sustainability. Local collective Sunny Jar Eco Hub ran a jewellery upcycling workshop where participants made bags and necklaces from scrap fabrics that would have otherwise filled landfill sites. Designers and makers came together at Chrisp Street Exchange for a panel discussion on Sustainability for early stage fashion businesses. The event was chaired by East London based fashion social entrepreneur Layla Sargent, and the panel included Julia Crew (Lecturer at London College of Fashion, UAL) Daniel Kluth (founder of Studio Daniel Kluth) and David Leigh (co-founder of SWIM XYZ and founding member of Circular Vision).
Danny Tompkins, Accents Project Producer at Poplar HARCA, said: “It was great to see people from different areas of fashion coming together in Poplar. It was great to discuss fashion sustainability with emerging East London designers one evening, and then start screen printing at Spotlight with a group of young people the next day. The whole week had a great buzz, with people really excited about Poplar Works opening in the Autumn.”
Mona Nashed, Managing Director of Bow Sewing Centre, said: “We were delighted to host the Digital Embroidery workshop here in Poplar. It was refreshing meeting such vibrant young designers from across London, passionate to learn about digital embroidery, organic products, and how we play a creative role in the fashion industry today.”
Milou Stella, founder of Moody Bright Designs, said: “As an artist who uses recycled textiles and focuses on my local community to inspire others to bring positive changes into our daily lives, I was so happy to be able to offer an embroidery workshop for Poplar’s first Fashion Week. I hope it will establish itself as a great hub for innovation, creativity and sustainability for years to come.”Find out more about Poplar Works