Fast Fashion is out: Aggie Fashion Club hosts Sustainable Met Gala Fashion Runway

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Aggie Fashion Club (AFC) organizes the Sustainable Met Gala fashion show. The event is an entertaining and inspiring track that hopes to lead members of the public and attendees to admire designs made from recycled materials created by AFC members and learn more about sustainable fashion.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Admission is free for all students, faculty, and the public to NMSU Aggie Lounge located in the Corbett Center Student Union on the second floor.

It’s no secret that the fashion industry is responsible for a significant carbon footprint. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the fashion industry alone is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, more than international flights and shipping combined.

“The fashion industry is actually one of the biggest polluters on the planet, and we really wanted to show that we are the ones with the power to change that, so we decided to have this theme recycled “, said Jessica. Morales, who is vice president of the AFC and head of apparel, textiles and fashion merchandising (CTFM).

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By organizing this event, Aggie Fashion Club hopes to highlight the importance of sustainability within the fashion industry and show people that clothes can have a new life.

“Using recycled materials to design is a challenge that scares me, but under the guidance of Professor Sook Ahn, we are starting to sew these designs little by little. I am very proud of my process,” said Takoda Ryan Cano , a CTFM student.

Gala Runway Patterns will feature 35 creative designs made from donated textiles, paper, plastic, sequins, metal, old t-shirts, shower curtains and other upcycled materials to create something surprising.

Morales is working on a white trash bag dress, a blue jumpsuit and a paper red dress that was waiting in the closet — a project that was supposed to be in the previous two fashion shows, but COVID pushed back.

The cosmetology department is partnered with Sustainable Runway, and everyone is welcome to help with behind-the-scenes preparation and encourage further joining the AFC.

“There are so many options in the fashion industry, and it makes me so happy when I tell people that because they act so surprised by it, and they didn’t know it, and there has so much to do in the fashion industry that it’s awesome,” Morales said.

The sustainable runway wouldn’t be possible without members of the Aggie Fashion Show, hosted by Secretary Lara Alvarez, Vice President Jessica Morales, Dr. Kelley Coffeen and Professor Insook Ahn.

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