Sustainability in fashion was a daring move for the fourth CLEC Fashion Festival

The CLEC Fashion Festival has made a bold statement in its fourth edition by prioritizing sustainability in the fashion industry. The opening speeches by political representatives and the initial fashion shows have emphasized the urgent need to embrace eco-friendly practices.

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Agatha Ruiz de la Prada receives award at the fourth Clec Fashion Festival

Miquel Suay, the Director of CLEC and author of the Festival’s proclamation, set the tone for the event by highlighting the importance of protecting the planet. His words resonated with Esther Olivas, the General Director of Entrepreneurship and Internationalization of the Valencian Government, who expressed her belief that the festival would awaken people’s consciences. Paula Llobet, the Councilor for Tourism, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, also emphasized the relevance of the festival’s theme, especially considering that the city would be the Green Capital next year. Diana Morant, the Minister of Science and Innovation, drew a powerful parallel between the CLEC and a Mafalda cartoon, emphasizing the festival’s role in shaping the future and the necessity of caring for the planet.


The fashion shows themselves showcased the creativity and commitment of young designers to sustainable fashion. “The Sustainable Collective,” a group of fashion students, incorporated eco-design and recycling into their collections. Altea Velázquez paid tribute to her late father by creating an exhibition using his clothes. Pepa Mejías aimed to foster a deeper connection between people and their clothes, encouraging the longevity of garments. Paula Lérida captured the essence of Federico García Lorca’s “El Romancero Gitano” by using household items and family shirts in her designs.

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Agatha Ruiz de La Prada´s Fashion Show (All Photos credit: LUIS BERMEJO)

Dolores Cortés presented her collection “Dewi Danu” at CLEC, which featured homemade floral prints and accessories made from vegetable leaves instead of plastic. Inspired by the philosophy and environment of Bali, Cortés paid homage to the water goddess of Asian culture.


The “Noveles en el Ártico” generation brought a fresh perspective to the fashion industry. Mar Giner used her designs to critique the pursuit of human perfection through genetic manipulation. Rosa Gasent focused on Alzheimer’s disease, illustrating the physical deterioration it causes through her works. Both designers incorporated brand new and second-hand garments and textiles into their collections. Other notable participants included Alvarickoke, who paid homage to “The Flintstones,” Fabiola Ricci, and Gonzalo Villamax.


Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, renowned for her vibrant and whimsical designs, also featured in the fashion shows and was bestowed with the prestigious “Sustainable Fashion Pioneer” award at the CLEC Fashion Festival’s fourth edition. This recognition not only celebrated her remarkable talent but also acknowledged her unwavering commitment to promoting sustainability within the fashion industry.

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Ivan Andreu´s Fashion Show (Photo credit: LUIS BERMEJO)

Throughout her illustrious career, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada has consistently championed eco-conscious practices, pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. Her designs have always been a reflection of her deep-rooted belief that fashion should not only be visually captivating but also environmentally responsible.


By incorporating sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and recycled fabrics, into her collections, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada has set a remarkable example for aspiring designers and industry veterans alike. Her innovative approach to fashion has inspired a new generation of creatives to prioritize ethical production methods and embrace a more sustainable future.

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Noveles Ártico´s Fashion Show (Photo credit: LUIS BERMEJO)

Receiving this prestigious award at the CLEC Fashion Festival was a testament to Agatha’s tireless efforts in transforming the fashion landscape. As she took the stage to accept the honor, she emphasized the urgent need for change within the industry, urging fellow designers, brands, and consumers to join forces in creating a more sustainable and responsible fashion ecosystem.


The CLEC Fashion Festival, known for its commitment to showcasing cutting-edge fashion while promoting sustainability, has been a driving force in revolutionizing the industry. By recognizing Agatha Ruiz de la Prada’s contributions and others, they have not only honored her and others designers remarkable achievements but also highlighted the importance of sustainable practices in shaping the future of fashion.

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Jaime Piquer´s Fashion Show (Photo credit: Luis Bermejo)

Other winners at this year’s Clec fashion festival include the singer Sole Giménez in the culture category, the philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky in the communication category, the author Gonzalo Villamax in the emerging novel category, and the brand Jeanologa in the sustainability category at the new Clec Fashion Super Star Awards 2023, which were presented at l’Hemisfèric in Valencia.

The CLEC Fashion Festival has successfully launched its fourth edition with a strong commitment to sustainable fashion. Through powerful speeches, innovative collections, and awards, the festival has set the stage for a future where fashion and environmental consciousness go hand in hand.

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Visori´s Fashion Show (Photo credit: Luis Bermejo)

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The Manager of SAXSMAG, Olga IF at the event striking pose with Social media Influencer, Enculescu Sorina Isabela (Photo credit: LUIS BERMEJO)