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CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards

CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards

Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI), in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) of the United Nations, a programme of the International Trade Center and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Italian Trade Agency and Milan City Council, has organized the press conference for the presentation of the ceremony of the 2022 CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards, which will be held on 25th September 2022 at La Scala Theatre in Milan, at the end of the Milano Fashion Week.

After the last awards ceremony of sustainable fashion held in 2020 in digital form due to the global pandemic, the event, returning with its fifth edition, is dedicated to rewarding sustainable fashion. To measure the sustainability of the sector and to establish the awards, a preliminary ESG due diligence table, created by EFI in collaboration with the CNMI, will be used.

The 2022 CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards will feature and reward virtuous figures and companies that have stood out in the world of Italian and international fashion for their commitment to sustainability in its highest meaning, for vision, innovation, commitment to craftsmanship, recognition of differences, circular economy, human rights and environmental justice. At the ceremony will be given 12 awards. For the first time, the CNMI has set up an Advisory Committee made up of non-profit organizations engaged on topics of sustainable fashion, allowing them to play an active part of the project, with the aim of making a first selection of the nominations for the awards.

The nominees will then be taken to the attention of an authoritative and prestigious International Jury, which will declare the winners of each award and, in 2022, will be chaired by Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The CNMI will collaborate with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which is undertaking, with creatives from all over the world, to redesign the fashion industry. The vision of the Foundation of a circular economy of fashion is placed at the centre of the global agendas to highlight the environmental and economic opportunities that are created, giving priority to the rights of and equity for all the people involved in the fashion industry.

The members of the jury will be announced in the coming weeks, at a series of appointments where the CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards will be presented in symbolic cities for the industries of fashion, design and communication: London, Paris, Munich and New York.

The CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards represent the commitment to the construction of a common path in a renewed ecology of relations and practices, a new way of living together, which is based on the pact between man and nature. The symbol of the event is the Third Paradise by Michelangelo Pistoletto, who since 2012 has represented the engagement of the CNMI in this area with the Manifesto of sustainability for Italian fashion, on the initiative of Anna Zegna and Carlo Capasa. 

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto has accompanied the CNMI roadmap on sustainability since the very beginning. More than ten years ago, these two bodies confirmed their alliance and wish to work together for more ethical and sustainable fashion.

The Third Paradise represents the fusion between the first and the second paradise: the first is the one in which human beings were completely integrated in nature, the second is the artificial paradise, developed by human intelligence. The Third Paradise is the third phase of humanity, which is implemented in the balanced connection between artifice and nature. The term ‘paradise’ comes from ancient Persian and means ‘protected garden’. We are the gardeners who have to protect this planet and take care of the human society that lives on it. The symbol of the Third Paradise, a reconfiguration of the mathematical sign for the infinite, is made up of three consecutive circles. The two outer circles represent all the diversities and the antinomies, including nature and artifice. The central one is the permeation between opposite circles and represents the generative womb of the new humanity. In 2012 Michelangelo Pistoletto dedicated a special version of it to the Manifesto of the CNMI, celebrated at the opening of the Milano Fashion Week in the September of that year with an artistic performance which enthralled the city: one thousand youngsters, students at fashion and design schools, wore coloured T-shirts reproducing the symbol in Piazza Duomo. 

The Bicester Collection confirms its commitment to supporting the creativity and the emerging talents in the world of fashion thanks to the renewed partnership with the CNMI for the forthcoming CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards. The Bicester Collection will offer the award dedicated to young creatives – The Bicester Collection Award for Emerging Designers.

The Woolmark Company is proud to collaborate with the 2022 CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards 2022, which highlights and rewards the sustainable efforts made by the textile and wool fashion sector. The National Italian Chamber of Fashion has chosen The Woolmark Company as partner of the 2022 CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards to promote the main natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre in the world – wool – and to support the adoption of cleaner, more efficient and innovative technologies for a better tomorrow.