(me with the ‘zero waste’ polyester dress by Mark Liu)
Over the weekend I was privileged to be on a private group tour of the current exhibit “Fashion Conscious” in the design department of UC Davis (curated by SusanTaberAvila, UC Davis design professor, and Julia Schwartz, author and designer). I learned a tremendous amount about the impact fashion production has on the environment, what businesses are trying to do to counter this problem and the pitfalls of the ‘greenwashing’ of the economy. One key thing that came out of this tour (for me at least) was to be aware of companies that don’t disclose their production techniques (i.e. Bamboo fabric – which may not be as sustainable or responsible as we might think). Below are a few photographs from our tour. The exhibition design for this show was incredible, and incorporated sustainable practices (non-toxic paint, organic cotton t-shirts for didactic panels, etc). For more information you can check out the blog for the exhibition at Sustainable Fashion.
Until Next Time,
Pia Fischer Dress made of pre-consumer waste zippers and labels (art-to-wear)
Ingeo dress (a corn based fabric) by Elisa Jimenez (of Project Runway)
Viridis Luxe sweater coat, hemp and cashmere.
Cork (yes, cork) jacket by DDC Lab.
Alchemy Goods Urban Bag of recycled bike inner tubes
Delano Collection coat, organic wool and Terra Plana boots
Wall of ‘touchable’ sustainable fabric samples