‘It really lent itself to be able to be a sustainable production, and of course given my passion for sustainable fashion anyway, I was very much for doing it as sustainably as we could,’ Paige said about the production side. The team had several challenges to think about when making their student production as sustainable as possible, including sourcing all the costumes from local charity shops, crew’s wardrobes and waste disposal sources. ‘It actually was not as difficult as we thought it would be. It was very surprisingly easy.’
One of the things that made this achievable was involving everyone across the production and inviting collaboration: ‘we had some fantastic meetings with our team, and I’m so fortunate that everyone that we brought onto this project was so passionate about making sure that the execution of the project aligned with its morals that it was teaching. Everyone was so keen to work out exactly what it was that we needed to bring this project to life and find out what the best most sustainable way to do it.’
‘But also,’ Nikki adds on, ‘I think what comes hand in hand with it is that fact that we had no money.’ Paige laughs – ‘that too, yeah!’ With limited funds for the project, the students had to source everything as resourcefully as possible, turning their limitations as students into the perfect learning opportunity for out-of-the-box thinking which ultimately saved on money and paired up with sustainability at the same time!
Thalia Leonard (Production Designer/ Art Director for Fast Fashion Mountain)
Photographed by Paige Cawtheray (Producer of Fast Fashion Mountain)