Lea Berry

Contact:
lea.berry@hotmail.co.uk
University/School:
Leeds Beckett University
Location:
Leeds
Specialism:
Award NomineeEco / Zero Waste DesignFashion DesignFashion ImageSustainabilty
About Me

Hi, I'm Lea, a Fashion graduate from Leeds Beckett University

Lea Berry is a Fashion design creative who specialises in sustainable design. Her research and personal connection with festivals and the outdoors combine to create content which reflect her personality.

Throughout my 3 years studying Fashion, I have become increasingly aware of the impact the industry is having on the natural world. I think now more than ever it is important to create sustainable fashion to express the issues surrounding waste which are often overlooked.

INSPIRATION

My initial inspiration started with me researching festivals and the outdoors.

Festivals and the outdoors are a huge inspiration of mine. Growing up around music, with my Dad being in a band and attending an adventure learning school is what initally led me to create the work I have. However as my research deepened I discovered the issues surrounding fashion and festival waste and how it is affecting the environment, which prompted me to think more consciously about my designs and material sourcing.

Single-use outfits at music festivals account for approx $307 million worth of items each year and 250,000 tents are abandoned at festivals each year. I felt a personal responsibility to use these abandoned resources to up-cycle them and give them a second life, to express that this excessive waste is critical to the natural world. My fabrics were donated to me by friends which I attend music festivals with every year, due to this my collection holds sentimental value as well as a strong message.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

I designed and created a rag jacket to avoid throwing away my left over scraps.

Throughout my fabric sourcing process, I was donated a large amount of pre-loved festival garments from my friends. Although the majority of the fabrics were used to create my up-cycled collection, I ended up having a lot of left over fabric scraps. This prompted me to consider what I was going to do with them. I started researching ways to use my left over scraps and eventually came up with the idea to create a rag jacket, this allowed me to re-purpose all of the left over fabric which was donated to me and not add to the waste created by the fashion industry.

"If we look after the natural world, the natural world will look after us" -David Attenborough
Award NomineeEco / Zero Waste DesignFashion DesignFashion ImageSustainabilty
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