Salvage – green fashion and design at KSU

November 6, 2008 at 3:27 pm 2 comments

Every year, for the past 25-30 years, Kent State Fashion Student Organization, American Institute of Architecture Students and the Interior Design Student Collaboration put on the Beaux Arts Ball. This event serves as a fundraiser for the organizations as well as a fantastic excuse for everyone to drink, jive and watch a fashion show. Not too shabby.display4

This year, the event’s theme is Salvage – a completely green-geared event. It’s Friday, Nov.7 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. It starts at 8 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 10 p.m.

When my interior design friend, Lindsey Ray told me about the event, I’m pretty sure I clapped my hands in excitement. It just goes to show that there’s a place and demand for green practices in every industry.

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Ray said not only will the fashion show feature natural and recycled material, but the decorations and promotional efforts are also “salvaged.”

“We wanted to really take a holistic approach to this green idea. Last year we printed tons of posters,” said Ray. “This year we only had 160 printed and we’re branching out to more online promotion to save paper.”

Ray said they’re emphasizing word of mouth, Facebook and emails. It’s good to see the green consideration being carried out through all steps of the event. No green posing here.

Ray said she wants to accomplish two things through salvage.

“I want everyone to have a really good time. In college, it’s hard to find good, clean fun. And we wanted to create that atmosphere. And two, I want people to see how industries can go green together and separately, to really understand what’s going on.”earth-day


Kent State is one of many universities taking on a green fashion show and green event plan. The picture to the right, is a poster for an NYC student fashion event. Pretty cool.

Green Pie
I was a green geek even before it was cool. And I have to say, I love that the concern for the earth is now mainstream, some what. Some people still don’t care and that’s just not worth spinning my wheels over. But every organization and brand wants a piece of this green pie. In fashion, green is the new black and in PR, green is essential for a client’s corporate image. And I love it.

Green tip #3hands
Throw in the towel! Use dishrags and clothes instead of paper towels in kitchen cleanup. Not only do paper towels fill up the trash but the National Zoological Park estimated that the production of paper towels is more than twice as energy-intensive as the reuse of cloth (factoring in washing and initial production).

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lauren Freeman  |  November 25, 2008 at 12:06 am

    As a fashion student it was very exciting to hear that the Beaux Art Ball’s theme this year was Salvage. The ball is always a very big event that brings in hundreds of people and students. So to get the word out that creating garments out of salvage can be stylish while still being fashionable was a great influence on the audience.
    I worked at a small boutique in Columbus that use to take the damaged or over stocked items and create one of a kind peices to be sold to customers. Like the fashion show, the store was able to create peices that were adorable, fashionable, and helped eliminate pounds in the landfill.
    I love how someone’s trash can be someone else’s peice of art. I hope more continue to join aboard!

  • 2. brittanythoma13  |  November 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Lauren, that’s a really neat idea that the boutique made original pieces from unwanted garments. Creativity and resourcefulness at its best. Thanks for stopping in.

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