Is the Fashion Industry Shifting Toward a Greener Future? Eco-Fashion Panel Weighs In (NYC Event)

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John Patrick at New York Fashion Week, Spring 2011. Credit: Emma Grady

Eco-fashion heavyweights John Patrick, of Organic by John Patrick, and Caroline Priebe, of Uluru and Loomstate/Rogan, will take part in a panel discussion, titled "Sustainability: Business as Usual?", at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City at 2pm-3:15pm, on Friday, October 8. As part of Afingo's "Behind the Seams" Fashion Industry Forum, panelists will address, according to the press release, if 'going green' just another trend or a "fundamental shift in how the industry works?" and how the fashion industry can make real changes towards a greener future.

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Costello Tagliapietra Premieres AirDye Fabrics in theri Spring 2010 Collection. Credit: Greg Morris / Insight Visual

"Sustainability: Business as Usual?" will be moderated by Simon Collins, dean at Parsons School of Fashion, and will feature panelists Bonnie Julian, vice president textile division, AirDye; John Patrick, designer, Organic by John Patrick; Caroline Priebe, product development manager Rogan/Loomstate; Natalia Allen, creative director, Design Futurist; Anthony Lilore, boardmember, Save The Garment Center and co-founder, Restore Clothing.

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While the event as a whole is not solely dedicated to green fashion topics, it is nice to see its inclusion at a mainstream fashion event; the forum taps 30 top designers, apparel manufacturing insiders, head buyers of retail chains, editors, and more to offer guidance to those looking to get ahead in the 'glamorous and competitive' industry of fashion; it will, according to the press release, "expose the birth of trends, the building of careers, and the tricks of marketing and networking."

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Tickets for the individual panel discussion are $49; students: you'll receive a 40% discount. Visit Afingo for forum details and ticket information.

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