Sense & Sustainability will celebrate green fashion and raise money to
support an amazing cause with a cocktail soiree and fashion show on April 9. The evening will begin with a sample sale and organic cocktail, wine, and beer reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, and a silent auction.

The main event will be a runway presentation at 8 p.m., showcasing the collections of four emerging sustainable designers. At the end of the night, attendees will receive gift bags filled with eco-friendly goodies. All proceeds from the event will go toward the post- production of First Sight, a documentary about the Sankara Eye Foundation.


Swati Argade will introduce her line of exotic dresses woven in fair-trade cooperatives in India which helps to sustain and develop the local economy of Orissa. The collection will also include her newest endeavor, “Bhoomi,” which is a line of “green” rain coats made of recycled water bottles and organic Texas-grown cotton.

Helen Asir became a designer because she was frustrated by the lack of sustainable formal childrenswear on the market. She started making children’s clothing from luxurious organic silk, pure silk, and natural ornamental stones.

Marcus Hicks is the Brooklyn-based designer of Sarah Dixons Nova. He launched his line in 2003 by recycling used t-shirts, hand dying them, and screen-printing collages on them. After much success, he launched a full line of men and women’s clothing made entirely of recycled, organic, and other sustainable fabrics for fall 2008. Before launching the collection, Marcus was a tailor for celebrities like Beyonce, Eve, and John Bon Jovi.

Rachel Lyra Hospodar runs a design studio called Medium Reality in San Francisco that produces menswear out of recycled, vintage, and
reclaimed pieces. She also does custom work.

Aicon Gallery
35 Great Jones St. (between Lafayette and Bowery)
New York, NY 10012

All proceeds go toward the post-production of a documentary about curable blindness in India and the Sankara Eye Care Institutions.

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