Fashion exhibit explores industry on several levels

November 14th, 2013 Author: Cal Powell  |  706-542-3536  |  More about Cal

Could there be more to the fashion industry than just luxury brands, high profile celebrity designs and runway shows?

The "Fashion and Sustainability" exhibit, which opens Thursday night, answers these questions and more.

Assembled by Britanny Reef, a graduate student and teaching assistant for Dr. Katalin Medvedev in the Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors department within FACS, the comprehensive exhibit explores the fashion industry from the context of sustainability.

Displays cover everything from overseas working conditions of those employed in the fashion industry to the effects the industry has on the environment.

"My goal was to look at sustainable fashion and what does that look like in the fashion industry?" Reef said. "I worked through each stage of the fashion product life cycle and manufacturing really stood out to me. How are we treating the people that make our clothes, what does that production cycle look like for the environment and economically, how are we building economies or how are we breaking them down?"

The exhibit opens Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m. and again on Friday at the same times. It is housed at Life Church of Athens, 120 Ware Street.

To view a video preview of the exhibit, click here:

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