Fashion made at the bottom of the sea

Manu Fernández (c), surrounded by his creations.
Manu Fernández (c), surrounded by his creations. / Félix Palacios
  • The Aula del Mar association, in collaboration with designer Manu Fernández, hosted World Oceans Day with a fashion show

  • All of the designs were made on the sea bed using recycled materials to raise awareness of plastic usage

World Oceans Day arrived two days late in Malaga - but in some style. The Aula del Mar association, located on the Palmeral de las Sorpresas in Malaga Port, hosted and collaborated in an improvised catwalk in a display designed to show that the ocean is the ideal place for a lot of human activities, including creating fashion.

The event, coordinated by designer Manu Fernández, showcased a series of designs made exclusively from recycled materials, including the very same plastics polluting the seas, and produced at the bottom of the Mediterranean by underwater artist Alfonso Cruz.

Artist Alfonso Cruz at the bottom of the sea.

Artist Alfonso Cruz at the bottom of the sea. / SUR

However, the underlining message at the whole event was a much more serious one: creating awareness of the plight of the ocean, “using a language everyone can understand,” said Fernández, referring to art and beauty.

“If we kill the oceans, we will all end up dying too,” said actress Loles León, also participating in the event.

León stressed that there was “still time” to take action, but that if we didn’t by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish. At present, we dump more than eight million tonnes of plastic in the oceans every year and it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that the ocean continues being the vital life source for humankind that it is today.

The event, which took place on Monday, brought together a number of partner institutions including organisers Cifal Málaga, Malaga city hall, Clúster Marítimo Marino de Andalucía (CMMA), Pacto Mundial Red España and Fashion Art, of which Manu Fernández is president.