By Kenlyn Jones
Eco-fashion isn’t only trending, it’s necessary. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, the first being the oil industry. In an attempt to change that, students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design partnered with Eileen Fisher to create stylish new looks out of gently used garments from GREEN EILEEN.
The collaboration is part of MassArt’s Sustainable Fashion summer course created by Professor Jenn Varekamp. Along with up-cycling, they used additional sustainable design strategies, such as low waste pattern drafting and low chemical dyeing, to refashion the garments for a second life. The project is a unique opportunity for the students to collaborate with a very well-established fashion company and leader in sustainability.
“I came to this project deciding whichever pieces I got to up-cycle I would leave them to determine the course of my design project both in silhouette and also in form and function. This is because I believe that one way we can become sustainable in fashion as designers is to let the natural fibers be as they are by minimizing processing. We should find innovative ways to be sustainable without sacrificing style,” explained student designer Queen Allotey-Pappoe