Vanessa Barker

Vanessa Barker


Vanessa has 15 year’s experience in fashion production planning, design and product development. She is CEO/Founder of Papillon Bleu, a company established in 2005 dedicated to bringing about change in the fashion industry and to making it easier for those in the apparel industry who want to Do Fashion Better. An in-depth understanding of fabric sourcing, sampling, product development and production processes to bulk delivery on an international scale to target cost and deadlines. More recently she has Co- founded Bedstraw and Madder a plant dyed lifestyle brand creating underwear using regenerative organic cotton and reviving ancient dye techniques.

British Grown Plant Dyes – An Unmet Demand

Breakout Tent

There is an ever increasing demand from designers for British grown plant dyes. Our panellists will share their expertise in plant dyes, dye farming, processing and demand. We will discuss ways to encourage farmers to explore dye plants and overcome the challenges involved in growing, harvesting and processing successful crops. Hear the story of Ian […]