SIS Faculty, Sharon Spradling, Moderates Mason's First Sustainable Fashion Panel

Sustainable Fashion Panel at the MIX@Fenwick

Per the Entrepreneurship newsletter: On April 24th, the Sustainable Fashion Panel discussion took place at the MIX@Fenwick. An extraordinary panel of innovators, entrepreneurs and experts from various disciplines shared their perspectives on sustainability (economic, environmental, and social) and its importance in the fashion industry. This discussion was part of a larger sustainable fashion campaign created in partnership with the MIX team and the Office of Sustainability.

The panel consisted of Mr. Avedis Seferian, President and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, VA dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world; Trisha Gupta, an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and entrepreneur with a vast knowledge on the history of textile production and dyeing in India; and Mary and Emma Kingsley, a mother-and-daughter duo and founders of Lady Farmer, a sustainable apparel company that creates environmentally friendly and ethically produced clothing. The panel was moderated by Ms. Sharon Spradling, a faculty member at GMU teaching courses focusing in science, geography, and sustainability. Spradling will be teaching a course on sustainable fashion in Spring 2020 at GMU. 

The panel was able to engage the Mason community in a thoughtful discussion on many topics including the slow fashion movement, social responsibility, and public awareness of sustainable fashion. The attendees were also able to ask questions of the panel ranging from sustainable manufacturing to how to be a responsible consumer on a limited budget. 

After this highly successful event and strong interest from students, the MIX team is looking forward to continuing fostering a community which makes a positive impact on the fashion industry. Be on the watch for more great programming next semester.