The Hippo


Jun 18, 2019








Dresses by Ecoskin (left) and Threads 4 Thought will be featured at the show. Photos courtesy of Ecolissa.

 Alternative Fashion 2014, Eco Fashion Show Event

What: An eco-friendly fashion show with vendors and speakers  
When: Saturday, Feb. 1,  from 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Southern New Hampshire University, Dining Banquet Hall, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester.
Why: Representing and promoting the eco-fashion industry
Cost: Tickets are $20
Designers and retailers
Alyssa Couture
Earth Frendz
Peaceful Fashions
Restored By Design
My Heidi Bag
OutFITters Thrift Store
Sew Confidence
Vintage Re-Bloomed
Martha Jackson, Restored By Design founder
Priya Samant, Earth Frendz 
Thandi Tshabangu-Soko, 
director of Sew Confidence

Fashion with a flair
Show features environmentally friendly designs


 Designer Alyssa Couture is hoping to represent a whole new world of fashion at her upcoming Alternative Fashion 2014 show.

“Alternative Fashion supports eco-fashion designers and local, neighboring, global fashion and holistic businesses that are providing a healthy lifestyle for the future of fashion,” Couture said. 
According to Couture, the main focus of the show is to market to people who are interested in an alternative fashion industry. The event is her attempt to create a more holistic, health-conscious environment of fashion where consumers can see and buy products that are natural, organic and ethically made.
“We believe that when everyone is inspired by the power of beautiful, creative and natural fashion and design, the toxic fashion world may be resolved in a sufficient manner,” Couture said. “Alternative fashion is an important part of achieving a healthy lifestyle.” 
The show will feature Couture’s own business, Fashion Elements, which she said avoids the toxic chemicals, synthetic fashion, fashion waste and unfair trade and labor that can be typical of the general fashion industry.
“It’s really sad. There’s so many segments and elements that become corrupt,” Couture said. “We need to present a plan and not develop so much waste. A lot of these fibers are not biodegradable.” 
Ecolissa, an online store based in Nashua, will be participating in the fashion show.
“We will be showing some great dresses and tops from EcoSkin, Mata Traders, Elroy, and Threads 4 Thought in the fashion show,” said Ecolissa founder Melissa Dion. “We will also be bringing lots of accessories from Green Tree Jewelry, Project Have Hope, Organic Tagua Jewelry, and Urban Lace. We’re looking forward to what promises to be a fun and fashionable day.”
Ecolissa carries only eco-friendly and vegan women’s clothing, as well as accessories made of sustainable materials like organic cotton and hemp. 
“I met Alyssa at the Natural Living Expo in November, and she thought Ecolissa would fit in well with her eco fashion show,” Dion said. “We love working with other environmentally minded companies, so we jumped at the opportunity.”
Couture was inspired to create the event after an eco-fashion week in Vancouver. 
“What they’re doing is presenting eco-fashion and a lecture. It was part education, part fashion. It’s a way for them to reach the public in a really diverse way.” 
While the event is a fashion show, Couture said the show also features three speakers: Martha Jackson, founder of Restored By Design; Priya Samant, founder of Earth Frendz; and Thandi Tshabangu-Soko, director of Sew Confidence. 
“Thandi, the director of Sew Confidence, has a prestigious organization that is empowering refugee and immigrant women, creating fashion accessories. Their mission is to develop socially responsible fashion for the well-being of our world,” Couture said. “Earth Frendz is a brand of visionary fashion accessories. Earth Frendz builds self-empowerment and socio-economic development for the talented artisans in impoverished areas in India.”
Martha Jackson of Restored By Design works with recycled materials and manufactures locally.
“[She] has dedicated herself to eco fashion design among all of her design, work and ethical practices of her business,” Couture said. 
The show will feature several vendors and samples of healthy, natural food products.
Shawn Starkweather of Om Frequency will perform live music. 
As seen in the January 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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