Made in 1976 45 years of being awesome bleached shirt
As a teenager in Liverpool, Patrick McDowell made clothes out of unwanted end-of-line fabrics. “I’ve always done this, so when I heard about sustainability I thought: ‘Oh, there’s a name for what I’m doing.’” His new collection, Fire Fighting Aunties, inspired by his firefighter father and his mother and aunts who “put out the family fires and rescued us from trouble”, is created from surplus fabric donated by Burberry and crystals by Swarovski and is on display inside the headquarters of London fashion week. The use of quality raw materials means “it doesn’t look like waste, and that’s important”.
“Our generation have been very self-centred,” says the designer Roland Mouret, a 20-year veteran of fashion week, at the catwalk headquarters. Made in 1976 45 years of being awesome bleached shirt . “We are the generation who changed fashion from a model of two collections a year to six collections a year. So now we have to take some responsibility.”
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