BFC Announces Winner of Estethica/Veolia Re-Source Competition with Central Saint Martins

The British Fashion Council (BFC) today announces Liora Lassalle is the winner of the Estethica / Veolia Re-Source competition with Central Saint Martins (CSM). This new collaboration between Estethica, the BFC’s initiative for sustainable fashion and Veolia Environmental Services, the UK’s leading recycling and waste management company aims to identify and nurture a CSM student to develop creative and sustainable solutions in fashion.

Liora Lassalle, a CSM 2012 BA graduate, will create an upcycled capsule collection supported by a mentoring programme sponsored by Veolia. The competition prize will allow Liora to develop, source, produce and promote her collection which will be unveiled at London Fashion Week February 2013. 

Twelve Central Saint Martins BA Graduates participated resulting in three finalists. Liora was the deciding winner after the panel agreed her collection was innovative, experimental and embraced a new sustainable aesthetic.

The panel comprises of Bel Jacobs, Metro; Christine de Leon, Huffington Post; Jessica Brinton, Sunday Times Style and Estethica Review; Kate Carter, Guardian.co.uk; Orsola de Castro, From Somewhere and Reclaim to Wear; Simone Looi, Veolia Environmental Services; Anna Orsini and Barbara Grispini, BFC.

Liora will receive Reclaim to Wear mentoring by Orsola de Castro, who will also coordinate further mentoring by leading upcycling designers.

Caroline Rush, CEO of the BFC commented, “Since its debut in 2006 Estethica has played a vital role in raising awareness and standards in positive fashion, and providing a supporting platform for designers to develop sustainable solutions. We are delighted to be collaborating with Veolia on this competition and I am very much looking forward to seeing Liora’s debut collection at London Fashion week in February next year.”

Kevin Hurst, Director of Marketing and Communications for Veolia Environmental Services said, “The UK is at the forefront of the latest sustainable trends in fashion and we believe the Re-Source competition will give Liora a fantastic opportunity to take upcycling to a new level. We are proud to be working together with the British Fashion Council’s ethical initiative Estethica to launch this competition with Central Saint Martins College and turn waste into not just a resource but the latest designer collection.”

For further information go to www.britishfashioncouncil.co.uk/estethica