Daily Pilot: Vanguard University runway show combats cruelties of 'fast fashion' one stitch at a time

An outdoor fashion show Thursday at Vanguard University looked like any typical catwalk walk event-models walked down a red carpet in the haute couture-look-ing creations and posed fiercely as cameras clicked- but underlying the evening was a much more serious message. 

Sponsored by the campus' Live2Free club, the annual Fair Trade Fashion Show aims to raise awareness about the dangers of "fast fashion," a trend inspired by an increasing demand for cheap and easily accessible attire that often gets discarded after a single wear. 

The international garment industry meets that demand by employing laborers, typically women and children, at wages that fail to sustain them and in sweatshops where workers face inhumane conditions.