A belated catch up on Ally Bee fashion news…. Ally Bee Knitwear designs went to the catwalk in New York state in November 2014 to feature in the fashion catwalk The Gabby Wild Foundation Conservation Catwalk show at Cornell University. The Foundation is an animal rights charity focused on protecting elephants from poaching in Africa and invited sustainable designers from around the world to show collections on the catwalk to raise funds and awareness of elephant conservation. The event was a sell out and all money raised from the show was donated to the various conservation projects the charity supports. It was truly shocking to learn that every day an average of 96 elephants are slaughtered in Africa for their ivory.
Gabby Wild Foundation Conservation Catwalk
The show invited women across Cornell college campus to model the designer collections in front of an audience of 1000. No model was turned away from the opportunity to walk down the runway and all participating fashion designers exuberantly ensured that their fashion would fit real women.
In addition to Ally Bee alpaca and British wool knits, the collections included unique felted alpaca fleece designs by Australian couture alpaca fashion label Green Embassy and label Krissy from the USA. Other labels included US designers Olivia Royale and Heidalas. A touring collection inspired by animals and titled 12 in 12 for 12 was modelled for Project Runway alumni designers including winners Jay McCarroll and Seth Aaron-Henderson. 12 in 12 for 12 has been displayed internationally at Art Basel and Vancouver Fashion Week and raises funds for the plight of 12 of the our most endangered animals from the Chinese giant salamander to the Sumatran tiger.
It was a privilege to be invited to the Gabby Wild Foundation fashion event and support this important cause in animal conservation.
Watch this space for more news on Ally Bee’s support of Gabby Wild conservation projects. Coming soon!