Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is launching an exhibition that explores the kinship between fashion and political, social, and environmental activism. The aptly named Fashion=Activism: Rethink, Reuse, Respect, which runs from now through September 20, offers a dose of reality amid the runway season hoopla. Sponsored by Eileen Fisher and The North Face, the program includes interactions with textile activist and Pratt Institute faculty member Liz Collins, who will be transforming repurposed materials from Eileen Fisher’s “Green Eileen” take-back program into a large-scale sculpture.
Fashion=Activism: Rethink, Reuse, Respect
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Through the exploration of artifacts, garments, performance art, and multimedia works, visitors are invited to dive not only into the issues of human rights and the industry’s impact on the environment, but also the preservation of traditional cultures.
There’s something for the kiddos, too. Fashion=Activism concludes on September 20 with a “Family Day” featuring interactive workshops for the younger set to pick up techniques in sewing, mending, and weaving.
Also taking place that day: a back-to-school clothing swap. Families are welcome to bring along five to 10 pieces of gently worn clothing in exchange for discount voucher from The North Face. (Any leftover clothing will be absorbed by the company’s “Clothes the Loop” initiative, which hopes to divert 100,000 pounds of textiles from the landfill by year’s end, according to director of sustainability Adam Mott.)
“Fashion=Activism showcases companies that are setting new standards for social and environmental responsibility, and features artists who are using their work to create more transparent ways of understanding the fashion industry,” says Debera Johnson, BF+DA executive director and the exhibit’s curator.