Mariah Esa repurposes waste from the fast fashion industry to create her garments, which have been praised by top designer Vivienne Westwood. Mariah created her collection of four outfits using over 20,000 waste garment labels which were going to be thrown away by a fashion manufacturer. She is a designer trying to tackle the waste within the fast fashion industry.
From her experience working in a manufacturer, Mariah was open to the amount of waste fabric and labels that were being thrown away and she found that garment labels were one of the main items being disposed of for slight faults. Sourcing labels which were either over produced or classed as rejects in the fast fashion industry, Mariah repurposed these waste garment labels and upcycled them to create the base fabric of her award-winning graduate collection.
As the winner of The SHEIN People's Choice Award 2019, Mariah will receive the opportunity to turn her winning collection into a SHEIN womenswear capsule collection to be sold online in SS20, as well as a trip to China in January 2020 to see the collection go into production.