Ethical Fashion Show Opens Annual WIE Awards

Fashion is fun, an expression of individuality and an exciting progression of ideas and creativity. But have you ever thought of fashion as a powerful tool which provides jobs and elevates the lives of women in the developing world, giving them an income and a voice? 

On the 27th April at the Goldsmith’s Hall, London, The Legacy Collection, a groundbreaking ethical fashion project by the LDNY Foundation, will launch the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Awards recognising female entrepreneurship being used to generate this positivity around the world.

Now in their 5th year, the WIE Awards celebrate inspiring and entrepreneurial women in both New York and London, with previous winners including Christy Turlington Burns and Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Picture of Vivienne Westwood winning the WIE award

Set up to encourage young people in London and New York to develop their talents and reach their potential, the LDNY Foundation has formed an exclusive partnership with The London College of Fashion and Parsons New School in New York to create the Legacy Collection. Interwoven with creations by artisans of the International Trade Centre’s Women and Trade Programme in Ethiopia, India, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea and Peru, the collections of ten students are chosen from both universities to be part of the showcase. The unique competition empowers both the students and the artisans, encouraging them to aim high as fashion designers of the future.

Providing a pathway in to fashion and other creative industries, the LDNY Foundation specifically supports young people from lower income communities in the UK, America and developing world giving them the opportunity to fulfil their potential whatever their background.

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By offering educational grants and scholarships to young people from developing countries, the foundation opens the door to an otherwise undiscovered talent pool, providing them with the means to learn and develop their skills at these two leading creative educational institutions in London and New York.

With a long-term ambition to build their own design education facility in Ghana the foundation never loses sight of its objectives; assisting young people in social and economic hardship, encouraging opportunities and making creative professions accessible.

To learn more about the LDNY Foundation visit the LDNY website

Emma Williams

Emma is a freelance journalist who wears a number of hats depending on the time of day. She is a mum of two, a writer, a children’s author and a bookworm. You can find her blogging about life at Emma's View.