As it stands, fashion is the world’s second most pollutative industry right after oil. In an effort to avert the impeding climate crisis it’s causing, 32 brands joined hands for the first time to sign the Fashion Pact. Alexander McQueen was amongst them, and the British label is living up to its agreement.
Just days after the 10-year anniversary of the death of Alexander McQueen, the London-based fashion house announced they will be donating old unused fabrics to university students.
Spearheaded by designer Sarah Burton, the move will see the fabrics distributed to fashion graduate students at universities across the UK, among them Central Saint Martins, the late McQueen’s alma mater.
The move couldn’t come at a better time, with university fees having exponentially risen up in recent years, today’s debt-ridden fashion students need it more than ever. “I was so lucky, because when I first worked at McQueen, Lee helped me source fabrics for my final collection,” reflected Burton on her time as a student in an interview with Vogue. “It’s even harder today, at a time when we all feel precious resources must be properly used,” she continued.
Hundreds of rolls of fabrics have already been gifted to 14 universities, all of which were sourced from the label’s archives. The fabrics vary from chiffon and tweed to the heaviest silks; everything the modern fashion student would need.