Hi everyone, my name is Bianca, and #IMadeYourClothes
at @bellantonidesigns. I’m half italian🇮🇹half Canadian🇨🇦 and I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years!
🎓What’s my background? ~
I received my Bachelors Degree at @ryersonfashion in Design, with a major in Fashion Design. I sewed a lot during this course...a lot! And had teachers who were so meticulous about every single stitch, that it really taught me how much time, effort and laborious hard work goes into each garment. This understanding gave me an even deeper appreciation for clothing, both the clothes I’ve sewn or others have. Within my studies, I opted to use more sustainable textiles, which were hard to come by and required placing orders far in advance, which was difficult as a student with a budget and short deadline. I later had the opportunity to be 1 or 4 students chosen via interview to enroll in a sustainable fashion field course. We each had to choose a topic within sustainable fashion for which we would do our thesis on, and I chose textile waste. Within my study, I researched 3 types of waste and exemplified a solution for each.
1️⃣Pre-production Waste: I collected fabric scraps and created pet beds out of them and donated them to the Toronto Humane Society ~ this is where our pet bed donation idea came from!
2️⃣Post-consumer Waste: I upcycled a skirt from @valuevillage and turned it into a top ~ I used every single bit of fabric, including the tiny threads, which I stuffed into a bow in the back.
3️⃣Design Waste: I created a completely #zerowaste
dress through draping and adding unique darts and tucks. The fabric was made from GOTS-certified organic cotton sateen that was undyed.
👗Why sustainable fashion? Back in 2012, I learnt about the devastating state the industry was leaving on our planet, the people within the supply chains, and animals. I couldn’t turn it off once I found out, and so I decided to stay in the industry and be an advocate for change.
🐾Why cruelty-free fashion? I became a vegetarian when I was 15, and officially haven’t had any meat for 10 years. Similar situation to why I chose sustainable fashion ~ once I found out about the industry, I couldn’t turn it off