Sustainable fashion – Get into action!

Events showcase ethical and environmental choices in clothing

April 14, 2024

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Garments are hung over a rack to air dry. The fabrics are grey, black, white and shocking pink. Partially obscured.

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Event details

Several locations in the Museum
Language and Accessibility:
The event will be presented primarily in English. The CMHR strives to be accessible to all.

Every year, mountains of cast‐off clothing land in the world’s landfills – and a lot of it is made from fabrics that don’t break down. Meanwhile the workers who make so much of what we wear work long hours for little pay in hazardous conditions. But we can all make more ethical, greener wardrobe choices.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) have partnered to showcase the benefits and beauty of sustainable fashion. The event on Sunday, April 14 combines learning, a fun fashion show and demonstrations on extending the life of your clothes.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m., visitors will have a chance to play games, learn more about the perils of fast fashion, and shop local designers.

Sustainable fashion show and insights
1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m. – Bonnie & John Buhler Hall

Learn why sustainable fashion is the best way to get dressed – and meet three Manitoba designers who create sustainable clothing. Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau, Lennard Taylor and Sarah Sue will talk about how they create sustainability – and they will show off how good it looks. (Learn more about these dynamic designers below.)

New life for old garments
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Manitoba Teachers’ Society Classrooms, Level 1

Three demonstrations will teach you new tricks to reinvigorate those old garments. Learn about sewing and mending, dyeing using environmentally friendly dyes, and beading clothes.

Sustainable fashion designers

Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau

Andréanne is the founder and CEO of Anne Mulaire, an Indigenous fashion brand designed to inspire and find regenerative solutions for people and the planet. She was born in St. Boniface, homeland of the Red River Métis Nation to parents David Dandeneau (from Penetanguishene, Treaty 61 in Ontario) and Huguette (Mulaire) Dandeneau (from the Red River Valley). Andréanne danced in contemporary groups at age 14. Unable to find comfortable dancewear, she designed her own. For 10 years, she created costumes for NAfro Dance Productions, which awoke her awareness of movement and cultural sensitivity. These guiding principles, paired with her emphasis on comfort and style, continue to inspire her collections today.

A dark-haired, fair-skinned woman wears a black and scarlet hat, large earrings of white feathers, a bright red top and a black jacket with white prints on the sleeves. She has one hand on her hip and the other rests on a ruler on a design table.

Lennard Taylor

Lennard Taylor is a visionary artist and celebrated international fashion designer, renowned for his mission to revolutionize the way people wear clothing worldwide. With a profound passion for sustainable fashion and self‐expression, Lennard utilizes clothing as a medium to inspire confidence and elevate lifestyles.

A smiling green-eyed man wears a red felt top hat and an ivory collared shirt with black snaps.

Sarah Sue

Sarah Sue Design creates modern, sustainable and ethically made clothing here in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 territory. Using natural and sustainable fabrics like linen, hemp, bamboo, silk and cotton, the designer constructs garments that last, season after season. Sarah also promotes a sustainable body image by featuring sizes XS‐5X+. She uses leftover fabric to create zero‐waste pieces, re‐dyes discoloured fabric, has a mending and sample sale program, and always uses ecofriendly packaging.

A smiling blonde woman wears a comfortable and elegant black scoop-neck top and a long brass necklace with a large white stone.