Humans Who Design, a community of designers that focus on sustainable and socially driven practices has launched their first ever photo exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Shot by photographer Vlasta Pilot, the series features 25 designers from the FIT alumni and Design Entrepreneurs NYC community.
The exhibition is an outlet for designers to share their story of empowerment and social good. Some of the brands participating include Chromat, ISLYNYC, Harare, Toy Syndrome, Jes Wade, Kristi Vosbeck, Blair Lauren Brown and Cristina Ottaviano.
“Ultimately, I’d like our responsible actions to also contribute to social good, to really helping people, and specifically [helping] mining communities.” Wing Yau, Wwake
The opening event will include a panel discussion with Kate Daly, Senior Vice President of the Center for Urban Innovation at the NYCEDC and Mira Dayal, Creative Director of Fairweather Magazine on made in New York on Wednesday, August 10th at FIT.
“It is important to our brand, as our name implies, that we see this community of small-business women as a powerful support system for realizing collective goals to be nurtured and developed, not as a competitive, zero-sum game to be won at the expense of others.”Carrie Morrissey, ISLYNYC
“I believe fashion designers have the responsibility to take action, to encourage body positivity by featuring diverse models in their runway shows and campaigns. When you don’t see yourself reflected in fashion magazines and in the media, when you are erased or invisible within this narrow definition of beauty, it can be very damaging.” Becca McCharen-Tran, Chromat
“The whole purpose of zero waste daniel is to prove that zero waste is possible at any price pointfrom mass market to luxury. ZWD minimizes the wasteful impact the fashion industry has on our planet.” Daniel Silverstein, Zero Waste Daniel
“Every season we produce goods from our artisan partners, when these goods go to market we make sure the production happens in the same communities thus providing consistent and ever-growing work for our partners.” Caroline Fuss, Harare
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