The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange showcases the wealth of design and artisan fashion talent across its 53 countries. An exhibit of the looks is now open at FIT in New York!

The project launched by Commonwealth Secretary General the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland and Livia Firth, founder of sustainability consultancy Eco-Age, is a major new initiative that promotes new networks, trade links and lasting sustainable supply chains. The project was developed in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM.

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at FIT
A new exhibit of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange looks is now open at FIT in New York.
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First Ladies Luncheon
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange takes over the catwalk during New York's Fashion 4 Development Luncheon.
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The Looks
Take a look at the bespoke looks created for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Looks
The Exchange
The Fashion Exchange brings the values of the modern-day Commonwealth – women’s empowerment, ethical production and supply chains, innovation, economic growth and poverty reduction – to life through the globally appealing medium of fashion.
The Story of The Fashion Exchange
The Launch at Buckingham Palace
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange exhibition launched at Buckingham Palace on the 19th February, 2018. The reception saw 30 CFE creations carefully curated by VOGUE’s International Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles, in the Palace's State Apartment.
The Buckingham Palace Reception
The Exhibition at the Australian High Commission, London
The looks were displayed at the Australian High Commission for a week allowing the public to see the looks in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit 2018.
The Exhibition at the Australian High Commission
Google Arts & Culture
The project was published on Google Arts & Culture, an online platform that covers historical and cultural stories from all over the world. The platform allows the public to go behind the scenes and see how designers and artisans came together to create a bespoke look for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
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“The handwork economy is still one of the greatest, most untold stories”
 

The Commonwealth is a most amazingly diverse family of 53 independent countries. It is home to 2.4 billion people, and 60% of them are under the age of 30.

 

“This project confirmed something I have always believed; that collaboration must be encouraged and engaged.”

- Designer Meiling, Trinidad and Tobago