The vision; to build a community of passionate students who have the desire to fully engage in fashion – whatever their background or skill-set. The Goldsmiths Fashion Society is already blazing a trail, and the term has only just started.
“We started the society with the aim of bringing students with the same interests together; people with different talents that are willing to share their skills and learn new ones.
“GFS gives members access to a group of students who they can then contact to participate in projects, while building a valuable network that will transfer to the professional sphere,” says Adriana Lopez the Creative Director studying Media and Communications.
Following their success at the Freshers Fair, the team organised their first social. What was thought to be a quiet little gathering actually amassed more than 70 students avid to get involved in this brand new society. With socials now being held every Wednesday, the GFS are creating a social space for members to mingle and get to know each-other, building the foundations of a network. The president, Sixtine Sulaski, a third year Management and Entrepreneurship student says that she wants to build a progressive and engaging society that can live on after her time at Goldsmiths has finished.
(Image; Goldsmiths Fashion Society logo)
The Goldsmiths Fashion Society is particularly refreshing in their approach – they want to dig into the side of fashion that is more characteristically ‘Goldsmiths’. Fashion houses and magazines dominate the industry and our high streets – but so little of it is affordable or even accessible for students.
Nikos Akritidis, the Treasurer and Head of Projects says “I am interested in fashion as an artistic expression; interdisciplinary and inherently creative. These are both qualities that can be overshadowed by the connotations of the industry.”
By all means taking inspiration from these iconic brands and publications is a fantastic creative exercise, but Sulaski and the team want to get into the close knit groups that really explore their style as a form of expression. GFS wants to meet the bands that use fashion as a way of constructing a brand image; the students who are making the clothes that high street stores just don’t stock. Those challenging the norms and conventions of fashion. The president used the phrase “Outsiders on the inside,” to describe their ideology.
Already seeking out potential collaborators, GFS has joined forces with two English Literature students who have launched a blog on vintage and thrift shopping in London. Reviewing individual stores, the pair will do a tour and document their findings and opinions on their Instagram and blog.
Additionally, the team want to invite speakers from the fashion industry to engage in topical and pressing debates as well as host at least two workshops a term. The first of which will be after reading week, and covering up-cycling, which the team hopes will motivate members to participate in future projects. The guest speaker at this workshop is local women’s knitwear designer, Christine Kinson.
Other guest speakers include the creative talent behind @storiesbehindthings , the blogging duo Jemma and Ella who are inspiring figures in the move towards a more sustainable and conscious culture.
Their project was born out of a feeling of disconnectedness from the material things around them and wanting to create a space where it is easy and accessible to implement sustainable living into your life.
As we return to Goldsmiths post-break, you can also look forward to a Stories Behind Things and GFS hosted clothes switch that will be open to the public. Priced at £2 for non-members, the event will be a great place to rift through some amazing clothes, giving unwanted garments a new home – as well as mingle with the team and members. More details to follow!
Addressing the environmental impact fashion has on the world is a top priority for GFS. Though dressing and living sustainably is something that many think is unachievable, Sulaski wants to promote the idea of a ‘mindful youth’. The premise is all about making small changes in the way we engage with fashion in order to minimise our environmental impact. As second to oil, fashion is the largest pollutant in the world.
“I think it is crucial for our generation to be actively thinking of what we consume and how that affects the environment around us. This is why we are aiming to carry out projects throughout the year which will raise awareness on mindful consumption and positively impact the wider community,” says Sulaski.
By summer 2018, GFS want to host their very first Sustainable Fashion Show. Designers will be invited to collaborate and produce repurposed, recycled and ethical fashion items. Projects such as this are a brilliant creative exercise, but also highlight the ways in which we, as students, can get involved in a movement that is still gaining momentum in the wider fashion industry. The team hope by hosting workshops that teach members skills such as up-cycling, their fashion show will be an all-inclusive expression of creativity, regardless of the past design experience of those who would like to get involved.
“My aim is to capture and display this creativity that is thriving at Goldsmiths,” says Akritidis.
You can keep track of GFS on Instagram and Facebook with the handle @goldsmithsfashionsociety
Words, Vicki Shadbolt – @vshadders