Two Amador Valley High students striving to raise awareness about the positive aspects of ethical practices in the clothing industry are holding an ethical fashion show in the school's multipurpose room next week.
Claire Shao and Sophia Xing founded an organization called #AgainstFastFashion as part of their community service project for the Amador Valley DECA entrepreneurial student club. Their group's goal is to spread awareness about the detrimental effects of fast-fashion and promote ethicality and reuse of clothing within the community, according to Shao.
"What do these large fashion retailing companies have in common? They all do fast-fashion -- a practice where companies want to quickly get trendy clothing in stores. However, this leads to textile waste, underpaid labor and exploits employees," Shao said.
To promote their organization, the founders are hosting an #AgainstFastFashion Ethical Fashion Show on Tuesday (Jan. 22), featuring models wearing clothes from local shops such as Change of the Heart Boutique and Girlfriends Boutique and other ethical companies like Passion Lilie, Krochet Kids Intl., Loomstate and Osei-Duro.
Billed as a night filled with fashion and awareness, the show is also set to feature a presentation from Nordstrom about its ethical fashion practices.
The event is scheduled to run from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Amador Valley MPR at 1155 Santa Rita Road. Admission is free, with raffles and prizes on the docket as well. To learn more, visit https://sx0331.wixsite.com/againstfastfashion.