Watch: “People need to join the Slow Fashion movement” – Sabel Plata, designer

Sabel Plata is an emerging Spanish designer based in Gozo, with her focus on giving second-hand and vintage garments a second life.

Plata wants to prove that even with little knowledge of sewing, we are able to transform any garment into something completely different.

Her most recent collection ‘Sonder’ is a project she worked on during her self-isolating period. Being very vocal about Fast Fashion and its pollution of the environment, Plate takes the concept of vintage and gives it a twist by having pieces intervened and transformed from unwanted deadstock textiles into unique garments.

Isabel Plata / Sonder

Plata’s three months of self-isolating put her in a difficult position due to the lack of resources around her. She started to experiment with clothes she no longer wore, cutting and sewing pieces together. When stores began to reopen, she was introduced to Tonya Lehtinen and her second-hand clothing store Vogue Xchange in Victoria, Gozo. Lehtinen provided all the necessary clothes and materials for Plata to continue working on ‘Sonder’.

Plata’s intentions with this collection is to teach people to be more responsible when it comes to purchasing new clothes. spoke to Plata about why ‘fast fashion’ is so detrimental to the environment… and what we can do about it.

“Even with little knowledge, we are able to create and fashion clothes that respect our planet while also supporting the local designers who have taken the risk to explore making clothes from a more sustainable second hand source,” she says.

What is Fast Fashion?

Fast Fashion refers to the practice of producing cheap clothes as quickly and as frequently as possible. Since the prices on these items are low, this encourages consumers to buy often and in many quantities, resulting in clothes they don’t really need. All this causes major clothing waste.

The message is that consumers should be buying new clothes every week to keep up with current trends. The pressure for companies to produce cheaply and quickly means that they often don’t pay their factory workers fair or minimum wages.

The excessive textile production needed to keep up with Fast Fashion also results in overwhelming CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as polluting the earth’s water (it can take 2,700 litres of water to make one cotton t-shirt). The dyes that go into most brightly coloured clothes are also environmental polluters, and the cheap textiles used in Fast Fashion shed microfibres that contribute to ocean pollution.

More information about Sabel Plata and Sonder may be found on Instagram.

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