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Plain Jane went to see Sustainable Fashion: An Exhibition + Panel

and it wasn't sustainable.

author   by Plain Jane  2017


Review of Sustainable Fashion: An Exhibition + Panel

Sustainable Fashion: An Exhibition + Panel event was held in Detroit at the end of July, 2017, in Detroit Art & Business Institute. It was organized by William & Bonnie, a cut and sew workroom located in Hamtramck.

From their brochure: William & Bonnie is hosting a one-night event featuring up to five local designers that utilize sustainable and ethical design practices in their fashion collections.

Four designers showed their collections. These were Nabeela Najjar, Leslie Ann Pilling, Abigail Rist, and Stein Van Baael. Designs were great for the show and fun of it -- but not wearable. And that’s what fashion shows are –- they are art happenings.

Designs of Nabeela Najjar

Designs of Stein Van Baael

Here is a one video of one of the collections. Unfortunately, the host, Sarah Ayers, made a terrible job introducing designers, so I don’t know whose design it is.

The speakers were wearing ominous black. Read my articles on the topic of psychology of color.

The panel was made of (from left to right) organizer Sarah Ayers of William & Bonnie, Anjali Purohit of Studio Variously, Erin Wetzel of Orleans + Winder and Shermane Fouche of Apparel Pattern Services.

The best dressed person at the show, aside from me ;-) was Sarah.


The featured designers put a lot of time and effort into this show, but what for? Was it for the sake of the show? If it was for the sake of the show thenthese designs were successful. But if they want to sell their designs then the question is: who is going to wear it and where to?



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