In a rapidly changing world, what is the future of fashion?
Wear We Are Going is an eco-fashion design contest that is creating a platform for innovative concepts, showcasing creativity and hopefulness in addressing global ecological challenges. With a focus on the themes of beauty, resilience, and adaptation, we are featuring designs that speak to our shared environmental future.
We asked submitting designers to imagine innovative fashion for the future, with a focus on the themes of beauty, resilience, and adaptation that speak to our shared ecological future. After reviewing the applications, we’re excited to announce our selected finalists!
You can check out each of their amazing concepts in the portfolios below. These chosen finalists now have 8 weeks to build their concepts, and their submissions will be shown during a live broadcast celebration showcase in October.
A winner for the contest will be announced live during this showcase by the judging panel. The contest winner will receive a prize of $3,000!
My project is called Evé (E•vay), which is a more urban way of saying Eve, the first woman mentioned in the Bible. The Devil whispered in Eve’s ear all of the twisted truths, making her doubt herself and disobey God’s only command. Today, women (especially black women) are consistently hearing negative things about them through, media, advertising, men, and from other women! The world has created this standard for women to be perfect through beauty and materials. All women go through this, but black women in particular are held up to a higher standards with strong stereotypical views. All Women are beautiful, strong and powerful! My design is the embodiment of this story. Paying homage to the journey of the black woman, my design features a jumpsuit complimented by a Victorian style half gown skirt.
The base of my design will be made up of 100% biodegradable muslin fabric and recyclable shopping bags up to 125 times reusable. The top of the design is made from a recycled men’s white button up shirt (100% biodegradable cotton). The flowers are EcoFaux and made from recycled fabric. The flowers are hand painted using non-toxic water colors and fabric paint.
About the Artist
My name is Ja’Kiem Crayon, mostly known as Crayon. I’m a 31 year old talent. I say talent because my imagination has no limits, and sometimes it’s in the form of a dress or in the form of a sculpture or maybe even a movie. It all depends on what my heart is telling me. I was born and raised in Albany, New York, but quickly moved to New York City once I finished high school. Art is my God-given gift, but the passion for arts and entertainment comes from a vast array of inspirations throughout my life, music, family, and history. My biggest inspirations are the women in my life; all the ones we lost, and all the ones still around, which is what inspired my whole project idea.
Follow the artist on Instagram: @only1crayon
VenturaVie/V Boutiquedirectly benefits those in need. Our focus is primarily the San Francisco Bay area and global girl’s/women’s rights, especially around issues of sex trafficking and domestic violence. We also offer internships through V Boutique in the Cannery in San Francisco and have ongoing mentorship programs for young people. V Boutique represents fashion, compassion, and community, and VenturaVie unifies fashion, the arts, and nature.
Salt Tree Artcreates rich community spaces that unite arts and ecology in unexpected, educational, and inspiring ways.
We explore creative processes that integrate natural and social systems, revitalizing the links between community, ecology, and the arts. We accomplish this through development of environmental artworks, production of public performances and events that showcase environmental art, and community education and advocacy on ecological issues.
Our organization is for everyone, whether your passions support the arts, agriculture, food security, education, environmentalism, or community development. Our programs use the arts to foster interdisciplinary connections and to build innovative approaches to ecological issues.
Green Tree Textiles, based in New York, has been a visionary leader in the mission to re-use textiles and reduce landfill usage.
Walter Baker is a renowned global fashion brand based in New York and an iconic designer showing sophisticated versatile fashion, trendy clothing that is classic and edgy for the modern women.
Ben Elias is a fourth generation business that has become a legendary name in fashion as one of the largest apparel distributors in the United States.
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