“Sustainable Sunday Couture:” Hong Kong Domestic Helpers Fight Waste With Fashion
By Ophelia Lai
Over February and March, a whirlwind of shows and parties swept across New York, London, Milan and then Paris for their respective fashion weeks. With these glamor-oozing events unfolding in rapid succession, it was easy for fashion enthusiasts to miss a couture show being presented in Hong Kong—one of a different sort. On February 25, as the Milan presentations were in full swing, a small team of volunteer models—most of whom were Philippine domestic workers—turned the streets of Admiralty, Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui into their runways to promote “Sustainable Sunday Couture,” an exhibition of upcycled fashion on display at the Philippine Consulate General.