|Photo credit: Paul Mac|
Each year the Australian Museum holds an ethical fashion competition open to adults and high school students called Fashion Less Waste. The theme varies from year to year - with the current theme linked to their Deep Oceans exhibition.
|FLW 2012 Winner (Open) - ‘Paco Remote’ created by Joseph Mashett. This outfit made from TV remotes was inspired by the amazing colours and textures of nudibranchs|
|According to the designer "TV media have a responsibility to inspire and to educate about our natural world" - Photo credit: Australian Museum|
|FLW 2012 Runner-Up (Open) - 'Untitled' created by Annelyse Lumley. Crafted from red tent tarp to create a look inspired by the basket star, which is a type of brittle star|
|The designer is a student of Australian College of Professional Styling - Photo credit: Australian Museum|
|FLW 2012 Runner-Up (Open) - 'Untitled' created by Stephanie Powell. The designer has used a fan cover, bubble-wrap, CDs and Christmas lights to recreate the look of a bioluminescent jellyfish of phyla Ctenophora or Cnidaria|
|The designer is a graduate from the Whitehouse Institute of Design - Photo credit: Australian Museum|
|The designer was inspired by the Red Lantern Medusa and the Deep Sea Spanish Dancer - Photo credit: Australian Museum|
|The designer was inspired by the Benthocodon jellyfish|
|FLW 2012 Runner-Up (Secondary School) - 'Untitled' created by Rebecca Lee. The designer employed fly-screen, plastic sheets, foil and cardboard|
|The designer used both materials and cut to re-create the look of a viperfish|
According to the Australian Museum:
The main aim of our competition is to encourage a more sustainable fashion industry – to help to fashion a less wasteful world. We also hope to develop entrants' design skills, and to foster an appreciation for the natural history theme of the year.
Big ecochic high 5s to the Museum for supporting ethical fashion designers and a sustainable future! Also congratulations to all of this year's finalists :o)