Fashion Show: How Green Is the New Black


2018 Schneider Lecture
Vogue Fashion Show & Talk: How Green is the New Black

Experience an evening dedicated to sustainable style and "slow fashion," a revolutionary movement that is picking up speed!

Learn how various aspects of the fashion industry are moving to natural, sustainable, and lasting materials and work. Hear from designers Wendy Osterweil of Left Hand Print Studio and Brittney Ciardi of Brittney Jeanne on the slow fashion movement with a Q&A at the end. Enjoy live music, light refreshments, and peruse select pop-up displays from crafters and organizations dedicated to organic, sustainable, or green practices.

The slow fashion movement is a response to the “fast fashion" phenomenon.  In an attempt to keep up with trends and turn a profit, the fashion industry has seen a rise in “fast fashion” which is trendy clothing made inexpensively, often at the cost of people or the environment. Today, the production timeline from design to finished product can be as short as a few weeks. This quick production time, partnered with a 60% rise in apparel consumption in the US, has resulted in disposable clothing that moves from overloaded clearance racks to overflowing landfills.

Enter the “slow fashion” movement, which seeks to emphasize responsible production and consumerism as well as clothing recycling programs. People are reconnecting with how their clothing is made, who made it, and its material and geographic origins. While “slow fashion” pieces are often more of an upfront investment, they are made of higher quality materials, in timeless designs that will withstand trends. 

Spend the evening at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts discovering the movement and style of slow fashion. 

6:00PM - 7:00PM
Arrive to music and light fare. Peruse select pop-up displays from demonstrators and organizations committed to organic, sustainable, or green practices and products. These vendors range from food and beverage to art and beauty products, to home decor. Enjoy the newest Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites exhibition Sketched Out.

7:00PM - 7:30PM
Fashion Show! Enjoy a Sustainable Style Fashion Show of naturally dyed, hand crafted, slow fashions with an artist twist featuring the work of Philadelphia designer Wendy Osterweil of Left Hand Print Studio and New York based designer Brittney Ciardi of Brittney Jeanne

7:30PM - 8:30PM
Artist talk with Wendy Osterweil and Brittney Ciardi with Q&A

8:30PM - 9:00PM
Continued music, refreshments, and shopping pop-up displays. 


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