The Social Studio

Recently while in Australia for Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and Legacy Summit the The Social Studio had their 10 year anniversary!

We would like to highlight The Social Studio for their work not only in encouraging sustainable and ethical fashion, but also developing a program that educations and develops skills for migrants and refugees. A mission that can be difficult to keep up for so many years.

The Social Studio started in 2009 from a group of designers, community members and professionals came together to use up cycled fashion as a vehicular for change.

‘If I can help someone else, it’s my duty to do’ Cedric The Social Studio Production Manager

the social studio colorful and meaningful social impact through fashion

10 years in fashion is worth a celebration, but 10 years as a not for profit celebrating diversity, ethical and sustainable fashion, that’s worth a party! The Social Studio is a not for profit dedicated to improving the lives of young Australians who come from migrant and refugee backgrounds who might have found difficulties finding employment or/and education. They uses fashion business to train and provide employment in design, retail, digital printing and clothing manufacturing.

Going beyond the cutting table The Social Studio has built out their education program on all aspects of operations. Partnering with RMIT they now have over 50 students and staff participating and over 70 + have graduated in Certificate I and II in retail, hospitality, and clothing production. The Social Studio training includes numeracy coaching, informal ESL, paid traineeships and formal training at the The Social Studio design school.

When they aren’t teaching they are designing and creating. They produce bi annually collections that are a collaboration All of The Social Studio’s clothes are accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. They use up cycled and reclaimed materials from local Australian industry.

To be honest, we can talk about how awesome their goals and the change they have brought to the community over the past 10 years. In all honesty, have a look at the short videos below and find out more about the people who run the Studio.