Thursday, November 1
9:30 am // Change Fashion Forum presents Sustain Fashion Opening Panel
The apparel industry has one of the largest carbon footprints globally, contributes to massive air and water pollution, and resource wastage. Today’s consumer has growing concerns about the social and environmental consequences of their purchases. Based on this, many companies and brands are beginning to implement more innovative policies and practices to reduce their environmental footprint. During this discussion, industry leaders, journalists, and experts will weigh in on the current state of the fashion industry and the sustainability movement.
Mara Hoffman, Mara Hoffman
Joel Towers, Parsons School of Design
Linda Greer, Natural Resources Defense Council
Moderator: Sara Kozlowski, Council of Fashion Designers of America
10:30 am // Press Preview
1:00 pm // School Tours
6:00 pm // Opening Night Reception (Invitational)
Friday, November 2
9:30 am // Keynote remarks by Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Co-Founder at REFASHIOND
9:45 am // Blockapps presents Transforming Supply Chains – Block by Block
One of the many obstacles in moving towards greener supply chains and the recycling and upcycling of textiles is a lack of transparency. Brands often do not know the practices of all of the factories and mills from which they source, and it is difficult to effectively recycle clothing at end of use when the origins of textiles are unknown. This panel will feature entrepreneurs, technologists and academic experts working to bring greater transparency to the fashion supply chain, and develop technologies to enable circular economies.
Kelly LeValley Hunt, BlockApps
Amanda Parkes, Future Tech Lab
R.A. Farrokhnia, Columbia Business School
Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Co-Founder at REFASHIOND
Moderator: Rajiv Singh, FoodShot Global
12:00 pm // Change Fashion Forum presents Toxic Fashion: Microplastics, Chemical Compounds, and Other Menaces to Human Health
In recent years, there has been increased consumer outcry around the toxic ingredients found in food, personal care products, and household supplies. Little attention, however, has been paid to the fashion industry. Yet modern textile manufacturing, now based largely in the developing world, is poorly controlled and rapidly emitting harmful waste products, and introducing thousands of toxic chemical compounds into our environment. Furthermore, an overwhelming 97% of microplastics found on the shorelines of the United States come from our clothes, quietly devastating our oceans, rivers, lakes, mountains, soil, and drinking water. In this panel, experts will weigh in on the various ways in which “toxic fashion” impacts the health of communities and natural ecosystems.
David Constable, ACS Green Chemistry Institute
Linda Greer, Natural Resources Defense Council
Joaquim Goes, Columbia University
Moderator: Jennifer Costley, New York Academy of Sciences
1:00 pm // World Resources Institute presents Tomorrow’s Markets: Designing for Longevity, Repair and Reuse
With global consumption forecast to grow fourfold in coming decades as we bring more and more people out of poverty and into the middle classes we need to find new business models that are not predicated selling ever more stuff ever more quickly. It is a challenging topic in a world in which governments, businesses and citizens have been so well served by current models of consumption. In this panel, we will hear about the magnitude of the challenge and responses from organisations that are exploring alternative business models such as longevity, repair and reuse.
Sandra Goldmark, Barnard College
Alex Finnemore, citrusbyte
Olivia Sprinkel, Salterbaxter
Moderator: Kevin Moss, World Resources Institute
2:30 pm // World Wildlife Fund presents Fashion and Nature
This panel will explore the ways in which the fashion industry, specifically fiber production and manufacturing, impacts natural ecosystems and wildlife. The dyeing and finishing stage of textile production alone accounts for 20% of all global industrial water pollution; 99.3% of global cotton farming is non organic relying on the heavy use of pesticides and fertilizers; apparel is one of the largest known contributors to ocean micro-plastics. While these statistics are staggering, they do not capture the myriad impacts of the industry on the natural world, land conservation, and plant and animal life. In this panel, sustainability and conservation experts will shed light on this under-examined topic.
Neva Murtha, Canopy
Ginette Hemley, World Wildlife Fund
Julie Stein, Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network
Moderator: Andrea Thompson, Scientific American
5:30 pm // People’s Revolution presents The New Garde- Emerging Sustainable Designers
We’re at a time when fast fashion is at an all time high. Let’s face it most consumers want it faster and cheaper and the fashion industry has been giving them what they want by simultaneously abusing and polluting the earth, it’s resources and ultimately the consumer.
The New Garde, is a group of designers who will not compromise their aesthetic and ethics to profit, or to please.
Mimi Prober, Fashion Designer
Jiri Kalfar, Fashion Designer
Joshua Katcher, The Discerning Brute
Moderator: Kelly Cutrone, People’s Revolution
6:30 pm // Change Fashion Forum presents Is Circularity Really a Silver Bullet?
Many in the sustainable fashion movement have argued that moving towards a circular economy – relying heavily on textile recycling – provides the best path towards a greener future. Others feel that the circularity movement is promoted by companies to “greenwash” their brand through take-back programs and recycling initiatives, and absolves them of the responsibility to address issues in their supply chain that cause impact in the first place. In this conversation, we will explore the potential for circularity, and its limitations.
Maxine Bedat, New Standard Institute, NYU
Natasha Franck, EON
Moderator: Donnovan Andrews, Overture Global
7:00 pm // The Soze Agency presents Art + Social Change
“An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times.” –Nina Simone
For generations, artists have been change makers in social justice. Through a deeply personal expression, artists are able to express emotions that others cannot articulate. The beauty of art is that it makes what was once inexplicable, understandable. Art evokes empathy where there was apathy and ignites action where there was once passiveness. Artivism around the world has become a mouthpiece for millions – galvanizing people to be the change they want to see.
Michael Skolnik, The Soze Agency
Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Metropolitan Museum of Art
8:00 pm // Cocktail Party
Saturday, November 3
11:00 am // The Library presents The Power of Partnerships and Collaborations
This panel will focus on Goal #17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, seeking to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda, bringing together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and other actors. Despite advances in certain areas, more needs to be done to accelerate progress.
Sara Kozlowski, Council of Fashion Designers of America
Kerry Bannigan, Executive Producer SDG Media Zone + Collaborator of United Nations Office for Partnerships
Azita Ardakani, HoneyComb Portfolio
Moderated by: Céline Semaan
1:00 pm // The Library presents May Our Voices be Heard
Braving disempowerment, finding and creating solutions to use our voices, to advocate for what is right, and to rise up and move the industry and the world forward.
Tabitha St-Bernard, Women’s March
Andre J, Model
Mahrinah VS, UN Representative, Global Futurist
Moderater: Céline Semaan
2:00 pm // The Library presents Fashion Politics
This interview looks into the politics associated with Fashion, from race to resources, the conversation highlights the use of data and access in this context.
Wing Yin Yau, Designer Founder, WWake
Leonardo Bonanni, SourceMap
Kim Jenkins, Educator and researcher about fashion and race, Lecturer at Parsons and Pratt
Moderater: Céline Semaan
Sunday, November 4
11:00 am - 5:00 pm // Fashion Revolution USA presents Future of Fashion Bazaar featuring: