Student launches eco-friendly fashion collection for Suffolk Fashion Show

Student launches eco-friendly fashion collection for Suffolk Fashion Show

Second year student Flo Bolton-Smith worked on a fashion collection made entirely out of recycled goods.

Model on catwalk at fashion show wearing blue and white dress made of recycled material
Photography by @heffsphotography

Flo Bolton-Smith, Year 2 BA (Hons) Textile Design decided to take on a project outside of her studies and produced an eco-friendly fashion collection made entirely from recycled materials. Flo launched her final designs on the catwalk at the Suffolk Fashion Show.

Flo’s background in recycled materials stems from a family business in recycling and waste management. 

“Working for my family business part-time over the last few years has given me a real insight into the recycling industry,” said Flo.

“This show has allowed me to combine my love for fashion with the skills I’ve gained on my degree so far.”

Model on catwalk at fashion show wearing blue and white dress made of recycled material

"It's great to see these external projects that add such value to the student's CVs and inspire them beyond study"

Kate Farley, Course Leader BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Fashion

Flo created garments made from materials such as plastic regrind (taken from objects such as toy cars), empty takeaway boxes, old CD’s and plastic bags.

Reflecting on what she’d learned from taking part in Suffolk Fashion Show, Flo said “it’s so important to snap up any opportunity that comes your way, and to not be afraid of new challenges that you face because there’s always an opportunity to learn from it.”

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