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Global Sustainable Fashion Week

12-14th April 2016.
Budapest, Hungary

The first Global Sustainable Fashion Week to be held in Budapest between 12-14th April 2016 is a unique event combining international conference, workshops, displays and fashion shows in the sustainable, ethical fashion at the same time.

Why attend?

By attending you will get inspiration and knowledge about the concepts and achievements in the sustainable fashion from design to the green sales’ opportunities, about the old and new techniques and about the best practices in the different countries. You can get information about forums, campaigns, projects involving also the education in the ethical and eco fashion offering good methods to achieve your own and our global aims in the sustainable fashion industry.

Who should attend?

Professionals of fashion organisations, institutions, companies, individuals, artists, designers, professors and students of universities/ fashion schools, who are dealing with sustainability or who would like to proceed in this direction.

Program on 12th April 2016
19.00: Press conference – only with special invitation for VIP and media guests

Venue of the Press Conference:

Medence Concept Store & Design Salon  

1093 Budapest, Pipa u. 4.

International Conference on 13th April 2016


Paris Department Store

1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 39.

09.15 – 10.00: Arrivals and registrations
10.00 – 10.45: Welcome greetings

Welcome greetings from high Representatives of different continents symbolizing the global approach to the sustainability:

  • Michele Orzan, president of EuCham representing the European Union
  • Dr. Ferenc Dávid, the Secretary-General of the National Association of Enterpreneurs and Eployers representing Hungary
  • Syrus Sajjad Qazi, the Embassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Gretel Matías, the Consul of the Republic of Argentina representing South America
10.45 – 11.15: Ms. Silvia Gaiani - How to promote sustainable fashion at European level
The Green Fashion Manifesto

Being a researcher at the University of Bologna (Italy), as well as the co-founder of the NGO e-qo that works in order to promote and raise awareness on green economy related subjects, I am at the moment working with Members of the European Parliament in order to launch a green fashion manifesto, consisting of actions and initiatives to be followed at national and European level by policy makers and stakeholders of the supply chain in order to support sustainable fashion. My presentation will provide some highlights of the Manifesto and a state of the art overview of what is going on around sustainable fashion in Europe.

11.15 – 11.45: Mr. Vittorio Giomo - The Future of Sustainable Textiles

A big S has been inscribed into the future of textile production, the tail of Big-Time Sustainibility that is looming in today’s Global Village. People are hungry for sustainability in textiles, but after one-quarter of declarations and programs, we still have very little of that, aside from some appreciable progress.

11.45 – 12.15: Alice Beyer Schuch - Textile rebirth catalyst

Textile rebirth catalyst is a master project based on the CHEMICAL recycling of cotton textiles (or other cellulosic materials as paper). It presents this new technology and applies it to fashion through the design for circularity among other strategies. The thesis was presented at OSCE days 2015 in Berlin, during the third International Conference for Fashion Business, in Portugal, and at the Greenshowroom in Berlin, Germany.

12.15 – 13.30: Buffet Lunch
13.30 – 14.00: Ying Lou RAMIE - Bast Fibers
Why they are a sustainable textile base to save the earth?

Anthyia is a young company whose founder Ying Luo believes in the exclusive potential of ramie fiber: its comfort and skin indulging properties and its luscious luster, she discovered during her research on ramie cultivation throughout China. Anthyia’s design is influenced by traditional cultivation, natural fibers and high technology, Western and Eastern elements, always with an eye towards a modern sense of cloth and comfort. Ying Luo founded Anthyia for anyone, who does not want to choose between well-being and naturalness, elegance and environmental sensitivity.

14.00 – 14.30: Dr. Livia Kokas Palicska - How to use third-party certification to increase brand integrity?

Dr. Lívia Kokas Palicska is a qualified textile engineer graduated at the Technical University of Dresden. She received her Ph.D. degree in material sciences from the West-Hungarian University and worked for many years as lecturer/researcher at Obuda University. In addition to her teaching work, which has included being a visiting professor at various universities abroad, Kokas Palicska has recently served as deputy Director for Research at the Institute of Product Design where she focused in her scientific work mainly on the testing of textile materials and on functional textiles. In 2014 she moved to her current post at INNOVATEXT Textile Engineering and Testing Company where she serves as CEO. Kokas Palicska is the President of the Association of Hungarian Light Industry (AHLI), Vice-President of the Hungarian Scientific Textile Association (TMTE) and on the editorial board for the Hungarian textile journal “Magyar Textiltechnika”.

14.30 – 15.00: Melissa Wagner Ethical Fashion 'through the Eyes of the Consumer' - Consumer Expectation and Perception of Ethical Fashion Garments

Currently investigating into a research project of the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate programme SMDTex (Project 2015-3), Melissa focuses on ethical fashion and consumer behaviour. The fashion industry is worth billion of dollars. However, the success of textile companies is related to consumers, buying behaviour and how their needs are satisfied. In a global world a standardized approach enables profit; to reach different consumer groups adaption of branding is necessary. Knowledge of consumer groups and their perceptions, influenced by culture among others, needs to be obtained and continuously researched.

15.00 – 15.30: Mr. Filippo Servalli / Radici Group - The material basis of sustainable fashion: A comprehensive approach

The biggest producers of sustainable synthetic yarns in Italy.

More information:

15.30 – 16.00: Invitation to the Coffee Break by Mr. Servalli
16.00 – 16.30: Rossana Diana - Presentation, history and evolution of Venette Waste Project

Rossana Diana, creator in 2009 of the project-container Venette Waste. Venette Waste is a character, a cartoon, a designer, committed in the research and experimentation of sustainable solutions in the fashion industry, with the aim of turning waste into value. In Milan, she works at Web Fashion Academy, a fashion co-working intended to support the development of new projects, and is also an independent blog that covers topics including art, fashion and culture, proposing the theme of sustainability as a lifestyle, but also as a necessity.

16.30 – 17.00: Alexandra Luca - The environmental impact of footwear – Manufacturing and consumption aspects

The paper presents the connection between manufacturing process and consumption of footwear globally and how this affects the environment. The production process generates a high environmental impact and it is already known that leather industry is not so friendly with the environment. Market demand is also very high and the trends are changing very often which leads to a lot of waste.

17.00 – 17.30: Gergely Simon (Central & Eastern Europe Regional Toxic Expert, Greenpeace) - Sustainable Fashion for a Toxic-Free Future

Today, we live in a world filled with hazardous chemicals. These ‘Little Monsters’ have been unleashed into our lives and the lives of our children, polluting our rivers, entering our bodies and causing havoc from the factory to the high street, from the north pole to our own homes. But the power to change this is in our hands – when we act together, anything is possible.

Together we can build a future where companies put people above profit, with laws that protect our environment and value our health. A world of innovation, opportunity and clean production. A toxic-free tomorrow we can be proud to leave to our future generations.

Workshops, presentations and panel discussions on 14th April 2016


Museum of Hungarian Applied Folk Art

1011 Budapest, F? u 6.


Dr. Gabriella Mányi-Walek, Georg Andreas Suhr, Muhammad Fawad Noori, Ayesha Siddeque

09.00 – 10.00: Welcome
10:00 – 10.30: Réka Szentesi - Experiences and possibilities of teaching the topics of sustainability and slow fashion for fashion students

As the head of education at one of Hungary’s leading fashion school, Mod’art International Hungary, my aim is to open up our students’ eyes about the importance of sustainability in the fashion industry. Both designer and management students’ reactions to these topics are inspirational and forward. I would like to present to the audience about the importance of teaching our students the relationship of fast fashion and sustainability as well as the slow fashion movement.

10.30 – 11.30: Ethical fashion and sustainability
11.30 – 12.00: Ayesha Siddeque represented by IFDC – Sustainability: the only future for fashion

Bringing sustainable practices into the Middle Eastern fashion businesses

12.00 – 12.30: Muhammad Fawad Noori - 3D Printing
Illumination: Digital fabric printing design collection inspiration taken by street lights using ornamental design, solar rays & typography miniatures doodles

Light is an electromagnetic radiation; the word refers to the visibility of humans. Without light human eye can’t see anything and in the field of fashion and garments, when people want to buy an outfit for themselves or for someone else, the first impression on human eyes is the impact of fabric print design. If the eye is attracted, then the remaining details will be considered like quality and construction of it. Keeping this in mind I have designed this concerted collection of source of light street lamps and ornaments.

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch Break
13.30 – 14.00: Darko Fer?ej - Business Model innovation with TCBL Business Labs

The presentation will present the EU TCBL project ( and the Call for Expressions of Interest for Business Pilots. Businesses in the textile, clothing and fashion sectors are invited through yearly calls to join a growing ecosystem where new sustainable value chains can be experimented low-risk. This takes place through interaction with the network of Business Labs and by testing new services such as ‘innovation missions’, open and agile supply chain management, collective certification (of e.g. adherence to sustainability principles, performance on environmental and social issues, etc.), embedded knowledge spaces and learning systems. Above all, TCBL provides a framework for co-design of innovative services with the Business Labs, such as new access to fashion designers, experimentation with new materials and processes, transparent coordination of networks of home workers, etc.

14.00 – 14.30: Judit Osika - Fast fashion / Recycling methods

Judit Osika is a soft-skill development coach and trainer. Before personal development she was involved with business development. During her Msc Operations and Supply Chain Management studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands, she wrote her thesis about the size-level availability of MEXX fashion retailer and the effect of stockouts and excess inventory on the business profitability. With all technological advancment, matching demand and supply is still not an easy task for retailers which has significant environmental and financial effects.

Barbara Földi has a social enterprise called: ReCreativity. They have developed an upcycled brand: Cimbi. ( Each piece is unique, as the material that they use is given. They play with the patterns and colors that we have. They have 12 differen types of products, and each one is handmade and handcrafted.

14.30 – 15.00: Mixi Garai - Presentation of Medence Group Art

The Medence Group Art and Service Partnership was founded in 2000 as an independent physical and spiritual creative workshop. We are professional designers and visual communication artists unifying environmental design and arts in the fields of architecture, furniture and industrial design, fine arts, sculpture, installations, media, visual arts and performing art. Our company is ready to undertake the complete execution of projects from design to construction in the spirit of the Arts & Crafts unity. Our philosophy is based on the environmentally conscious, socially useful and costeffectiveness approach, our design philosophy and working methods are dominated by the organic design cycle and eco-design.

15.00 – 15.30: Aleah Leigh - Creation and design / Anything can be everything

Aleah Leigh the dragon lady from the bbc, world record holding eco designer, the world’s first dress designed to be made over a wheel chair and also made out of train tickets, green apple award winner for her eco friendly designs. Now known as the dragon lady, the lady who teaches the want-to-be models to be real models. Host of the UK sustainability awards city of London.

15.30 – 17.00: Further panel discussions, questions and answers


Fashion show - Pre-registration for attendees

Fashion show - Pre-registration for attendees

Press conference

Press conference

Conference attendees

Conference attendees








Please select one of the centrally located accommodations in Budapest of Mellow Mood Hotels near to the venue of the Global Sustainable Fashion Week, and you will receive a special discount of 10% in case you send the enquiries and reservation directly to, and copy to

You can select Buda Castle Fashion Hotel too – in one of the most spectacular area of Budapest – but it is not so near to the venues.

Trasfer from the Airport to your Hotel by miniBud Airport shuttle bus at cheap price:
Pre-register is possible or you can take the bus on site at arrival.

Hotel Sponsor of Global Sustainable Fashion Week:

Mellow Mood Hotels



Technical support:

    Kovács Fanni

   +36 20 910 9773


of Global Sustainable Fashion Week

President: Dr. Gabriella Manyi-Walek, Hungary

Honorary President: Sass Brown, USA

Scientific Advisor: Dr. Lívia Kokas Palicska, Hungary

Director of Global Development: Marcellous Jones, France

Chief Advisor: Vittorio Giomo, Italy

Communication Director: Péter Szilvássy, Hungary


Andreas Georg Suhr, Germany

Mrs.Fabiana A. Fernandez Lanza, Argentina

Ayesha Siddequa, Dubai

Ying Lou, China (USA)

Barbara Földi, Hungary

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