SPEAKER'S BIO

Orsola de Castro

Fashion Designer and Co-founder of Estethica and Fashion Revolution

Orsola de Castro is a pioneer and internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion.

In 1997 she founded From Somewhere, a label designing clothes made entirely from pre-consumer waste: disregarded materials such as surplus and production cut-offs. The label combined sustainable thinking with fashion-forward design, bringing quality and craftsmanship to ‘exquisite rubbish’.

From Somewhere's collaborations include Jigsaw, Robe di Kappa, Tesco and Speedo.

From Somewhere folded in 2014, but he label's consultancy arm, Reclaim To Wear, launched in 2010, still operates as an accelerator to deliver upcycling solutions to retailers and academia, including 4 best selling capsule collections for Topshop from 2012 to 2014 and academic projects such as Central Saint Martin's in 2011 and 2013 and IUAV/Filmar in 2017.

In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council pioneering initiative Estethica, which she curated until 2014. Estethica was London Fashion Week’s showcase for labels designing sustainably:ethics and aesthetics combined. It nurtured new generations of like-minded designers and supported more established brands who are mindful of their supply chain.

In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, marking the disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013 when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed killing and injuring thousands of workers. Raising public awareness of the continuing social and environmental catastrophes in our global fashion supply chains, Fashion Revolution has become a global campaign with

participation in over 90 countries around the world.

Orsola is a regular key note speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Central Saint Martins.