A BUSINESSWOMAN has received an Outstanding Contribution Award for her efforts to further sustainability in the fashion sector.
Pioneering fashion businesses, press and key industry figures met at the House of Lords in London, for the 2013 Global Awards For Sustainable Fashion, hosted by Baroness Lola Young, OBE and Founder of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability.
The Source Awards put the spotlight on the most innovative and inspirational businesses, individuals and initiatives in the fashion industry, from field to final product.
Winners were selected by an illustrious judging panel, including: Dolly Jones, editor of Vogue.co.uk; Brigitte Steppitus, head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood; Summer Rayne Oakes, social activist, eco-model and co-founder of Source4Style; Amber Valletta, American supermodel and sustainable fashion spokesman.
Carry Somers, from Ipstones, was awarded the highest accolade of the day, the Outstanding Contribution Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to furthering sustainability in the fashion sector.
Carry was recognised both for her 21 years of pioneering work at Fair Trade fashion brand Pachacuti, and also for setting up Fashion Revolution Day.
Fashion Revolution Day, on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, will raise awareness of the fashion industry's most pressing issues, show that change is possible and celebrate those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion.
Since Carry set up Fashion Revolution Day in April, it has become a global movement and is set to become a significant day in the fashion calendar in 2014 and beyond.
Carry said: "I am delighted and astonished to win such a significant global fashion award. It is wonderful recognition not just of my work over the past 21 years, but the dedication of so many people who have worked for Pachacuti and helped us to become a key player in setting international standards for ethical and sustainable fashion.
"It was a huge privilege to have the opportunity to give a speech within the House of Lords and be able to share the concept of Fashion Revolution Day with so many brands, from the High Street to independent ethical designers from around the world."
Tamsin Lejeune, Managing Director and Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum & SOURCE, said: "In the seven years of running the awards, this is our most inspiring line up yet."