A free exhibition of sustainable fashion designs from students across B&NES is set to go ahead this summer, providing families with a safe and positive way to celebrate the lifting of lockdown.

Fashion & Fairytales is a not-for-profit, community project designed to inspire a new generation of fashion designers who choose to place sustainability at the forefront of their creativity, avoiding the environmental effects of fast fashion.

The socially distanced, interactive and immersive exhibition will take place in the spacious and airy Tearoom at the Assembly Rooms, Bath from 3-5 August 2020, 10am – 3pm.

Winners, Maya Ishimoto, 17 (Kingswood School), Catherine Cook, 12 (St Gregory’s), Edith Holladay, 8 (WASPS) and Bethany Trowmans, 7 (Monkton Combe School), designed outfits that showcased sustainability, imagination, creativity and determination. Their outfits will now serve to inspire other students to use nature as a source of creativity and plant a seed that challenges the status quo of fast fashion, questions buying habits and future proofs the fashion industry for generations to come.

The winners received prizes supplied by The Makery, VV Rouleaux, My Small World Toys and Mark Pickles’ Sewing Studio.

The four winning student designs are currently being manufactured by volunteers and will be exhibited alongside iconic pieces from Bath-based designer Cindy Beadman, who is also the Creative Director of the project. The centrepiece of the exhibition will be Cindy’s Pocket Dress, generously loaned from the Fashion Museum, Bath’s collection.

Every piece in Cindy Beadman’s exhibition is made from natural fibres such as Habotai Silk which are hand-dyed, processed and sewn. Each of the pieces is crafted using natural techniques, with their source material and design coming from natural motifs and landscapes.