AN ethical fashion show to celebrate sustainable clothing is taking place in York on Friday.

Items made from silk, Tweed, linen, bamboo fibre and other materials that have a lower impact on the environment will be showcased at the event at York’s Hotel du Vin in The Mount.

Designers will also promote vintage clothing as a stylish way to shop without indulging in disposable fashion.

Green Party councillor Dave Taylor, one of the organisers, said: “My aim is to draw attention to the waste and pollution in the fashion and clothing industry, but then look at alternatives and solutions to those problems.

“For example re-use and vintage fashion, novel fibres such as Tencel [produced using the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees] or pineapple fibre waste from the cultivation of the fruit, and moving away from cotton in favour of traditional fibres such as wool, linen, silk, hemp, even bamboo.”

The show will feature designs from Antonia Houston, Winston’s of York, Gemma Sophia Creative and Jane Elmer.

Vegan jackets created by Gerry Weber will also be on display.

The event will focus on retailers interested in ethical and sustainable products, including Zlata Alekhno, whose designs are made in the UK using organic and environmentally-friendly fabrics.

And the founder of Zebraspider DIY Fashion will be speaking about the use of agricultural products to create clothing fibres.

Tickets for the show, which takes place on Friday, March 29, from 6.30pm, cost £15 and include a drink.

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York Fashion Week runs until Sunday and celebrates some of the city’s top brands. Events include workshops, runway shows and lectures.

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