Hello readers! I’m Madam Toussaint from the green blog sofreshandsogreen.com. I get to guest blog here about the “Eco Fashion in the Park” eco-fashion show in High Bridge Park in Washington Heights, NY. Far from the glitz of Fashion Avenue and Midtown Manhattan, Washington Heights is in northern Manhattan and has a large Latino population.
The show was organized by stylist Gina Constanza of House of Glam, who grew up in the neighborhood, with help from local Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.
“Over the past two years, my dream has been to bring the eco-fashion movement to Washington Heights, where I grew up and currently reside, so to see it finally become a reality is truly a great achievement… [This] is only the beginning of my commitment to educate the community about be more sustainable and environmentally friendly to reduce the carbon footprint foot…one stitch at a time.” -Gina Constanza
The show’s hosts Marybel & Marisol, “The Mari Twins”, spoke in English and Spanish to the mostly Latino crowd. There was a clothing exchange (“clothing swap”), body painting by Anabel Vargas and live music from the band “The Aliens”.
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“Eco-Fashion in the Park” also featured special guest Trudy Miller, designer, researcher and educator specializing in sustainable design strategies. Miller is also the founder of solutionista.com and spoke to the attendees about about eco-friendly fashion with a live demonstration on how to be creative with your clothing. There was also live painting by artist Marthalicia Matarrita.
Here’s a video of featured designers Iliana Quander and Trudy Miller with a bit of Sandra Baquero at the end.
The 11 designers presented their sustainable clothing, accessory, womenswear, menswear and even childrenswear lines, including the 10 year old Karina Fernandez!
Lissy Gomez from LVG Designs
Iliana Quander from amparo3
Miriam Guerrero from Original Wear Clothing
Bridget Artise from Born Again Vintage
It was great to see eco-fashion brought to people right where they lived! Here’s some photos from “Eco-Fashion in the Park”.