Meiling was honoured to represent her country, Trinidad and Tobago at the first ever Commonwealth Fashion Exchange event, which hosted designers and artisans from 52 Commonwealth countries producing a design using principles of sustainable excellence.
The main event was hosted at Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, UK.
The project was 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.
at Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, UK.
19th February, 2018.
Meiling x Vanessa Winston: Meiling designed a hand embroidered gown of organdie, silk and leather, matched with a leather corset belt, tooled with butterflies made in Dominica by Vanessa Winston, and a pair of trousers made from up-cycled Indian fabric.
What an unbelievable experience being part of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. Photos were not permitted of the exhibits however here I am with Hamish Bowles international editor at large for Vogue who curated the exhibition which was magical. All of the fashion world were there Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, Edward Enninful and many more. The work of the other participants was incredible.
Thank you Eco Age, MATCHESFASHION and the Commonwealth Fashion Council.
“It lifted me to work on it. It’s helped me and the women who work with me to think, ‘What’s next?’ ” Winston’s leather cummerbund, decorated with intricate hammered butterflies, was the centerpiece on the coconut-fiber woven gown made by Meiling, a designer from Trinidad and Tobago. She grasped her hand. “And she delivered this on time!”
— American Vogue. (20th Feb, 2018.)
The Making of The Moth
“This project confirmed something I have always believed; that collaboration must be encouraged and engaged.”
The Moth Lands at FIT
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange in New York City
The looks were exhibited at FIT from 28th September - 9th of October and were available at auction via Paddle8 with all proceeds being donated to FIT’s innovation fund and Build a NEST.
The Moth landed at the FIT Museum (Fashion Institute of Technology).
Thank you to Livia Firth of Eco Age & Ulric Jerome of MATCHESFASHION.COM for hosting me.
Photographed by Marlon James