Sustainability is in Style

Author: Rachel Novick


Trash to Class, the first ever green fashion show on campus, was held on December 3rd in the Lafortune Ballroom. Forty models, both male and female, sported almost 100 eco-conscious outfits. No new resources were used to produce the clothing: most outfits came from second hand stores while others were costumes were made out of recyclable material and borrowed from past campus theatre productions or were created out of recyclables by a talented group of design students.

“I thought that the creativity of both the actual designs of the clothing and the content of the clothing was inspiring,” said Maris Braun, a senior who attended the show. “The green fashion show proved to a lot of people there that it is still possible to be fashion forward while continuing to live a life based on sustainable practices.”

Salon Nouveau and Origins, two businesses focused on sustainability and environmental awareness, provided professional hair and makeup styling. The event was sponsored by GreeND, Students for Environmental Action, the Club Coordination Council, The Energy Center, and the Office of Sustainability. The proceeds, which totaled over $900, were donated to the Majora Carter Sustainable South Bronx Fund.