My Fashion Path: Re-clothing the Future Conference

Citz Young Co are meeting together in person once more, and for their first performance they were delighted to be invited to devise two short works to introduce sessions at Re-Clothing the Future, a sustainable fashion conference, gathering Scotland’s young people and business for action. Taking place at Glasgow Caledonian University on the final day of COP26, it was a chance to make connections while also understanding how sustainable fashion is fighting back against fast fashion and its impact on the climate emergency.

The morning performance for schools was devised entirely by the group, using the idea of panto style characters and had an element of Cinderella about it. Young people planning what to wear for the school disco were led into the murky world of fast fashion by a baddie influencer and then rescued by the Clothes Fairy who showed them alternative ways to look at what they wear, by repairing, upcycling, recycling and introducing them to the world of the charity shop.

The afternoon show was for further education students. Using the simple format of Family Fortunes, they created Fast Fashion Fortunes with the Environmental Ethicals battling the Life Style Accessibles. The questions were all facts related to the theme: “Q - We asked 100 people which item of clothing takes 11,000 litres of water to create. A - pair of jeans!” The scene closed with the ‘Ethicals’ holding a protest on the show, demanding change.

The invitation was particularly special as host Anna Devitt was a member of our first Young Co cohort in her youth:

‘’I was the original cohort for the Young Co way back (17 years!!) and this is what catapulted me into my career, so I am thrilled that Neil is at the helm on these pieces, the young people have been very engaged and passionate throughout development.”

Anna has won numerous awards for her work and is a trail blazer in the world of comedy and using it as a social tool. Anna devised, develops and delivers the Comedy and Confidence qualifications which are Europe’s first accredited qualification (accredited through the SQA and the SQCF, with students taught to use comedy to increase their confidence and improve their mental health.

It was great to have her back inspiring the current group as they worked together on a fun and thought-provoking COP26 project. Four weeks of rehearsals brought together new and regular members for this prestigious event attended by over 500 people throughout the day, including MSP Clare Haughey, Scottish Government Minister for Children and Young People.