NY Fashion Conference Highlights Heirlooms and Sustainability


Deborah Milner's designs for Aveda Ecoture collection. Credit: Aveda Ecoture, Via Inhabitat

The 11th annual New York Fashion Conference is taking place later this week (Dec. 4 and 5) and fashionistas are coming together to talk "Heirlooms: Style, Materials and Sustainability," at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. The seminar, organized by Initiatives in Art and Culture , will examine traditional heirloom objects such as jewelry, watches, and wedding gowns as well as less obvious forms--including perfume--the materials and techniques used to create them, and their connection to sustainability:From Initiatives in Art and Culture:

The ultimate heirloom is the Earth itself. Attention to eco-friendly principles and practices is important to the custodianship that heirloom status implies and requires. We consider a central question for the 21st century: How do we carry on the traditions of the past while meeting contemporary challenges, such as the need for conservation of the earth's resources?

Those speaking at the event include Nanette Lepore; Deborah Milner, designer of the Aveda Ecoture collection, and Deborah Lindquist, known for her eco-friendly wedding dresses.

The conference fee is $350, and $100 for full-time students.

:: Initiatives in Art and Culture, Via WWD.

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