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Washington DC artist Dana Ellyn doesn’t do pastorals.  While she paints traditional subject matter for commissioned work, Dana chooses to challenge her audience with her self-inspired art.  Much of her work is focused on the plight of animals, her provocative and sometimes uncomfortable paintings giving creatures a strong voice about how they are viewed and treated by humans.  Her use of strong hues and beautiful, bright colors accentuates the often dark subject.

For Moda 360 2016, Dana collaborated with London couture designer Lucy Tammam to create beautiful and

Lucy Tammam and Dana Ellyn collaboration

Lucy Tammam and Dana Ellyn collaboration

ethereal gowns that expressed the devastating effects of bycatch fishing on the environment.  The gowns closed the Moda 360 runway filmed for reality TV.

"Meet Your Makers" by Dana Ellyn

“Meet Your Makers” by Dana Ellyn

Inspired by the ethical fashion movement embraced by Lucy and other Moda 360 designers, as well as the movie “The True Cost” screened at Moda 360, Dana created two pieces “Fast Fashion” and “Meet Your Maker,” a visual commentary on the cost of fashion on those who make the designs.  In both images, the women who work on our apparel are given a front row seat at the fashion show – as long as they keep sewing.  Fashion is not presented as elegant or pretty; the paintings give an unvarnished view of a disturbing reality of the global fashion industry, the exploitation and even abuse of the workers who make our clothes.  Dana’s art succinctly expresses the

"Fast Fashion" by Dana Ellyn

“Fast Fashion” by Dana Ellyn

ongoing mission of the ethical fashion movement, to transform fashion into an industry that respects social and environmental justice.

Moda 360 encourages designers, artists and filmmakers to collaborate in the presentation of their creative work.  Taking place during Los Angeles Market Week, designers show their collections to buyers in town to shop with innovative editorial exhibits alongside and along with artists, complementing each other’s inspiration.  Fashion videos from international filmmakers are screened throughout the event and short films of any subject or genre are selected for scheduled screening.   Designers and filmmakers have presented video collaborations giving fashion at Moda another dimension.

Moda 360 2017 invites international independent creatives to show their work to a growing audience of buyers, press, professionals and public.  Because of the extraordinary events that have occurred since the last edition, the 2017 event will inaugurate special exhibits of collaborative work by designers and artists that speak to the issues and movements that have captured attention and have directed current discourse.   Moda 360 is committed to providing an inclusive, tolerant platform for creatives from all backgrounds to present their work and grow their business.

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Bourgeois Boheme AW16 Petra Vegan Brogue Boot BlackBourgeois Boheme was founded in 2005 by ex-Podiatrist and long-term vegan Alicia. With a love for shoes, and unable to find high quality and high style animal-friendly footwear, Alicia developed her own brand. She moved to London and merged her foot care expertise with her vegan values to create luxury animal-free footwear.  Not interested in creating just another shoe brand, she has remained true to her founding principles to create perfect vegan shoes without ever compromising on quality, finish or design.  All BB shoes are Vegan Society trademarked and PETA approved.Bourgeois Boheme AW16 Petra Vegan Brogue Boot Burgundy

Today, Bourgeois Boheme is one of the most established vegan footwear brands out there, still small and independent – as they like it – still making beautiful and versatile shoes completely free from animal-derived materials. The timeless, brand-exclusive styles they produce are all artisan-made under ethical conditions in Portugal from the finest eco-friendly Italian vegan leathers.  They believe that a good vegan shoe should be about more than just excluding animal materials – a design that stands the test of time is essential – and therefore they work tirelessly to champion slow fashion through updated British shoe classics that challenge the perception of leather-free footwear.  The brand’s increasing fan base includes vegan celebs such as Natalie Portman, Bryan Adams and Torrey DeVitto.

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vanessa wishartVanessa Wishart always has an answer to the question “What can you do with this?”  She can take the most bizarre and seemingly unredeemable materials (used coffee filters, used pantyhose) and make stunning fashion designs.  Vanessa Lee Wishart has been in the Fashion/Costume industry for over 10 years. A graduate of the International Academy of Design and Technology, she introduced her fashion line, Vicerra in 2003, after winning first place in the Art of Fashion competition. Vanessa’s clothing is for men and women who are confident and ultra sexy. Her inspiration for her line is the urban and fetish scenes as well as the world around her. This is seen through her use in color and fabrics used in the garments.vanessa wishart3

Vanessa Wishart has worked extensively in film, television and theater, bringing her endless creativity and innovation to every entertainment medium:  dance, music, theater productions, the Super Bowl, feature and short films, and she has created breathtaking fashion art installations that have been exhibited around the world.  Her never-say-can’t has propelled her career forward to opportunities that continuously challenge her talent, and she has met and exceeded every one.

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IMG_3277Kitty Ferreira is an award winning label that aims to dispel the ‘hippy’ connotations of ethical and sustainable fashion, by juxtaposing city chic with the natural world.  The sustainably sophisticated silhouettes are made in London.  The multi- product collection has been described by The Guardian as suitable for “boardroom activists” and made in sizes 6-26 to meet the needs of women of every size.  Kitty Ferreira is part of the Best of Britain exhibit at Moda 360.

The label was created by London College of Fashion graduate, Creative MD & Founder,  Valerie Goode, who chose to pursue a career in ethical fashion after being headhunted to work in China as a Senior Womenswear Designer.   The horrendous pollution she witnessed in the Chinese fashion industry, that served as the catalyst to choose her own fashion path.  The Kitty Ferreira brand is an homage to her late grandmother and is inspired by Kitty’s Caribbean lifestyle.  Kitty Ferreira is dedicated to the values of yore:  “The value in upcycling has been practiced by our grandmothers long before it became a fashionable term”

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earthheir1Every piece of craft weaves a story. Some stories span centuries, filled with history and culture. Others represent a new lease in life away from the past.   Earth Heir began with an appreciation for craftspeople. These artists spend years honing and perfecting their skills to create their finest art pieces.   Earth Heir is dedicated to the creation and preservation of heritage art forms.   Working with these artisans, Earth Heir helps disadvantage communities develop commercially viable products and brings them to market.  As part of its social and ecological mission, Earth Heir returns 10% of its revenue to charities supporting trafficking survivors and plant two trees for every scarf purchased.  “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.” – Helen Keller

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

earthheir2Earth Heir offers a collection of exquisitely handcrafted luxurious pieces from around the world, with an ecological and social mission. Each piece weaves a human story – lovingly handmade by master craftspersons carrying the disappearing traditions of their forebears, prizing fine craftsmanship over mass fashion.  Earth Heir advocates fair trade principles and ethical partnerships with the craftspersons themselves, to help create more sustainable livelihoods.  Luxury, style, design and fashion forged in an ethical manner.

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Lucy 2Every bespoke piece created by Atelier Tammam is lovingly made here by its team of dedicated “petit mains”. Visiting Atelier Tammam is like taking a trip back in time to when clothes were made for individuals, one at a time

Tammam maintains the highest ethical standards for human and animal rights, sustainability, environment and in relationships with suppliers, offering an honest and transparent account of how the atelier operates. Atelier Tammam has a policy “from fibre to finishing” -striving to be as ethical, sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible through all steps in the journey of production.

lucyCreative director and founder of Tammam,, Lucy Tammam (“Ms. Tammam”) she places equal importance on sustainability, innovation, cut and style to courageously work towards changing the way we regard our clothing.  Couturier to the stars, Ms T has dressed and styled icons from Jenny Agutter to Eleanor Tomlinson, and was sited as one of the designers in the running to create the wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge.

For over a decade she has lived between Bloomsbury and India. Within Assamese hills, and rural villages in Andhra Pradesh.  Ms Tammam personally researches local ecological fabrics and yarns to cultivate and reinvent perishing techniques traditional to each region.

Enter the fantasy world that is an haute couture atelier. Where the magic happens, tucked away in a room behind the bijoux Tammam showroom and boutique is a studio rammed full of fabrics and threads, machines and tables, scissors and needles ready to create your perfect gown.

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outsiderOutsider was launched in the UK in 2009 with a mission statement of “Ethical fashion should just look like fashion.”  Whether you call it Eco, Ethical, Sustainable, Green, Slow, Conscious or Responsible – Outsider is about creating and designing beautiful garments with a more thoughtful approach.

OUTSIDER garments are timeless and can be worn and loved season after season:  Quality clothes do not go out of fashion.   Outsider designers are inspired by the items that have been a wardrobe staple for years, because true style is timeless, not transient or throwaway.   The collection of versatile, day-to-evening pieces are made to the highest quality and are designed to last and be loved.  From board room to restaurant to theater, Outsider captures the flattering silhouettes and style that makes a fashion statement at any occasion.  Outsider has developed a celebrity following, counting Elizabeth Moss, Livia Firth and Emma Thompson as fans.   Outsider makes its LA debut at Moda 360!

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