May 27, 2012

EcoFashion Lab Interview: Chun

Name: Chun
Age: 25
Hobbies: Watching movies
Field of Study: Fashion Design

Why did you join the EcoFashion Lab?

I liked the idea of using old clothing to create something new.

What inspired your sketch?

I was inspired by the form of square and I wanted to keep my design modern and simple.

EcoFashion Lab Interview: Cristina

Name: Cristina
Age: 23
Hobbies: Art - Drawing, Painting
Field of Study: Fashion Design

Why do you think Ecofashion important?
I chose to participate in the second edition of the EcoFashion lab because I think it is a great opportunity for visibility for young fashion designers.

Why did you join the EcoFashion Lab?

I find this to be a very interesting part of the criteria for the competition. I am always attentive to ethical and sustainable fashion. I also participated in the first edition of EcoFashion Lab, proving very successful with a garment made ​​of acchiappacolori. I did not win, but I received a special mention by the jury. This year I decided to try again!

What inspired your sketch?

The outfit was inspired by a Vionnet dress reinvented with a minimalist style. Now it is current, more modern, but geometrically defined. The dress color is fine and elegant for the day. Lastly, I characterize my style choices as a minimalist simplicity of form with a great sense of color.

EcoFashion Lab Interview: Hyewook

Name: Hyewook
Age: 23
Hobbies: Painting and Travelling
Field of Study: Fashion Design

Why do you think Ecofashion important?

I think that thinking about ecofashion is good for the future of our environment.

Why did you join the EcoFashion Lab?

I thought it was a great opportunity to gain some experience through design.

What inspired your sketch?

My design will be based off of deconstructive elements.

EcoFashion Lab Interview: Veronica

Name: Veronica
Age: 22
Hobbies: Watching what happens around her and taking photos of it!
Field of Study: Fashion Design

Why do you think Ecofashion is important?

The obvious answer is: "This is an important topic that touches us all". This we know. Unfortunately, with fashion I believe that much can change and I hope that more designers are approaching this issue - creating an image conscious and sending a strong concept to safeguard the planet.

Why did you join the EcoFashion Lab?

Because I fully support the concept of this event and wanted to make a collection based on it.

What has inspired your sketch?

Instinctively I thought of green meadows and that cold that only nature can provide. I am so invested in the feelings that I was struck with by the them. Thanks to an accurate image search, I tried to think holistically by recreating a simple dress with fabric inserts overlapping thus obtaining an effect of lightness and movement.

EcoFashion Lab Interview: Marina

Name: Marina
Age: 24
Hobbies: Drawing, Designing and Sewing clothes, Reading, Travelling and discovering new places. She sings in a band and plays the flute. She likes photography, cinema, the history of fashion and art. She also writes on a personal blog (link below).
Field of Study: Fashion Design, thesis in Kimonos

Why do you think Ecofashion is important?

In my way of designing dresses the ethical aspect is very important. In my projects I am always careful to respect the environment and I always try to use natural materials, old dresses and remnants. For example, I made a corset  with canvas and decorated with old vintage buttons and last April I exhibited it during Milan Design Week in a exhibition called Eco#Net, whose theme was recycling and environmental projects. Especially at present, fashion has to think more about environment, recycling and quality, and less regarding to increase irresponsible consumer society.

Why did you join the EcoFashion Lab?

Because I was and am looking for competitions about fashion and especially about environment. I found EcoFashionLab’s theme of recycling clothes very interesting.

What has inspired your sketch?

My sketch was inspired by a different re-use of old jeans and, as always in my design, by Japanese fashion (kimono, dress’ adaptability to the body...), and by sculpture-dresses by Roberto Capucci. When I could get the clothes from AIESEC I decided to use denim, black and white lace.

--- Marina's Blog!

EcoFashion Lab Interview: Lidia

Name: Lidia
Age: 21
Hobbies: Photography, Drawing, Watching Movies, and Reading.
Field of Study: Fashion Design

Why do you think Ecofashion important?

I think that with ecofashion we can create beautiful garments and part of their beauty comes right from the fair philosophy beneath them.

Why did you join the EcoFashion Lab?

My professor kept us in contact. The theme inspired me, so I decided to sketch something for the competition.

What inspired your sketch?

I wanted to enhance the beauty of a sartorial piece of garment and make it the fundamental piece of a dress. The sleeve of the denim shirt got my attention, so I drew a dress in which the basic structure was a t-shirt, while the front and the skirt were created assembling shirt sleeves.

EcoFashion Lab Interview: Malitza

Name: Malitza
Age: 22
Hobbies: Cooking and Knitting, especially.
Field of Study: Fashion Design

Why do you think Ecofashion important?

It is wrong to say nowadays. It is something that should have always been in our minds and a good opportunity to start thinking now if not before about fashion and how it can change. Especially to me it means sustainability - consciously doing fashion and showing that even 'eco' can be in fashion.  A lot of people think that just because something is eco it has to look a certain way.

Why did you join the EcoFashion Lab?

I heard about it from friends and saw it on the Internet and I thought it's a great possibility to be involved in such a project. It's a great possibility especially for students, which isn't often in this town.

Where do you see yourselves in five years?

 I hope to work for a company or maybe start my own business with my own vision of fashion and changing the world in terms of fashion.

What inspired your sketch?

When I read about the rules, this year we were supposed to concentrate on cotton and denim. As I'm not used to working with denim, I wanted to find a way to combine two of my passions which is knitting. I used a normal pair of jeans and cut it into very thin strips and I'm going to knit it together for a portion of the outfit. I also plan to dip-dye the pants. I was inspired by streetwear and women's fashion and thought about doing a retro 60's idea.

EcoFashion Lab Interview: Greta & Fabio

Names: Greta and Fabio
Ages: Both 19
Hobbies: Greta likes basketball. Fabio says he doesn't really have time outside of school.
Field of Study: Fashion Design

Why do you think Ecofashion important?

Greta: It's important to be eco, because nowadays there is a lot of talk about the environment and we need to work on preserving our world.

Fabio: It's important to reuse old clothes, because a lot have already been invented.

Why did you join the EcoFashion Lab?

Greta: We wanted to express ourselves and at the same time thought the contest would give us a chance to see what other people can do with materials and other ideas.

Fabio: We wanted to because we wanted to do something during our first year in school.

Where do you see yourselves in five years?

 In fashion design, working together, and having our own line.

What inspired your sketch?

Fabio: We thought about a woman living in the jungle and we wanted to put together strips and a lot of color to show this.

Greta: It's supposed to be elegant and sophisticated and we want to record our stuff and maybe do something through a different process. We just want to use our stuff in a creative way.

May 25, 2012

Eco Trash Couture

Nancy Judd, the founder of Recycle Runway, want to change the collective mindset of society through her work that forces people to think about the intersection of the environment and fashion. She designs all of her work with 'trash' in mind and how she can make it beautiful! Some of her work can already be seen as a part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection and she has been sponsored by such international organizations as Delta Airlines, Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Target.

The photo below is one of her works entitled, "Crime Scene". She used tape from police scenes across the West and covered a dress made of table cloths. She admits it took about 50 hours to create and was completed in 2011.

Check out her work and maybe you can get to see some of her work live.

Terra New York + Biodegradable Raincoats

Sustainable isn't always the most affordable, but at the very least Terra New York makes it beautiful. Made from biodegradable polyurethane material, these stunning raincoats are only a few of what you can check out on their website!

Coming in at a whooping $300USD, you're sure to get your money's worth because these coats go through an intense creation process - with heat sealing and about 75 individual molds for just one seam.

If you can get your hands on one of these coats, you'll be sure to look amazing whether you're walking in a light drizzle or riding your bicycle in a torrential downpour!

- Matthew Willis

May 24, 2012

Ecouterre & The Future of Sustainable Fashion

Ecouterre is an amazing website devoted to 'the future of sustainable fashion'.

In September 2009, Jill Fehrenbacher started Ecouterre to 'dispel any disparaging stereotypes that still cling to the concept of eco-fashion while highlighting innovations in fiber technology that will help pave the way for designers and manufacturers to embrace sustainable materials and processes'.

You may not have time to get something new, interesting, and sustainable before Monday, but you can get a head start on your ideas for next year's Eco-Fashion Lab Show!
- Matthew Willis

H&M and Sustainability

Here is an inspiring video on H&M's stance on sustainability.  The company provides ONLY sustainable fashion, not just one or the other.  Watch Ann-Sofie Johansson, Head of Design at H&M and Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability at H&M talk about fashion and sustainability.

May 16, 2012

Save the Date

The EcoFashion Lab is throwing their second annual EcoFashion Lab Show and you're invited!

It will be held at the beautiful Halldis Gallery located here in Milan and we are excited to present some amazing upcoming artists and designers!

The show will kickoff at 5:30PM and promptly at 7PM aperativo will be served. At 7:30PM, all of our amazing guests will have free access to the bar!

Dress code will be semi-formal, so get dolled up and wear your most fashionable attire. Remember not only those on the runway will be models!

So don't forget to mark you calendars and get your tickets - you don't want to miss this


May 09, 2012

Our Sponsor

We would like to thank BCC Sesto San Giovanni as our official sponsor of the EcoFashion Lab fashion show.  For more information about the bank and company visit there website below.

April 21, 2012


We are AIESECer, without AIESEC this project could not start….

Who we are
Present in over 110 countries and territories and with over 60,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. What makes AIESEC unique is the youth driven impactful experience that it offers to its members. AIESEC is run by youth for youth, enabling a strong experience to all its stakeholders. 

Our Story 
The idea behind AIESEC started in the 1930s, when representatives from schools across Europe exchanged information about various programs and schools that specialized in business and economics. Students were carrying out internships in other countries, but mostly on their own initiative, and it all came to a standstill with the onslaught of World War II. 
AIESEC was officially founded in 1948. At the time, the mission was “to expand the understanding of a nation by expanding the understanding of the individuals, changing the world one person at a time.” In 1949, 89 students participated in the so-called "Stockholm Congress", the first of many exchange programs.
In the late 1950s, AIESEC/Europe reached out to the United States and established contact with Yale University and Columbia Business School to see if either or both would help establish AIESEC in the United States.  The following year, AIESEC/US was expanded to six more colleges and exchanged more than thirty traineeships. 
Soon, AIESEC became popular: by the end of 1960, 2467 exchanges were reported, and 4232 by the end of 1970. A landmark in AIESEC history was the “International Theme Programme” that officially established all international, regional, and local seminars on specific topics, which in time grew to be a guideline for future AIESEC generations. In the following decades, debated topics were International Trade, Management Education, Sustainable development, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Responsibility. 
In the 1990s, intranets called Insight were established to facilitate networking.
Nowadays, AIESEC has more than 60,000 young people in over 2,100 universities in 110 countries and territories. Together, the network manages relationships with well over 4,000 partners, facilitates more than 16,000 exchanges and 20,000 leadership roles, and organizes over 470 conferences each year.

What We Envision
Peace and fulfillment of humankind's potential.

AIESEC’s Scope
AIESEC is a global, non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Our members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. 
AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national, ethnic or social origin.

AIESEC’s Approach
AIESEC members live an integrated development experience. This involves leadership opportunities, international internships and interacting with a global network to support their development.

Our Values
Our values provide a way for AIESEC to encourage common behaviors across our global network.

Activating Leadership
We lead by example and inspire leadership through our activities. We take full responsibility for developing the youth leadership potential of our members.

Demonstrating Integrity
We are consistent and transparent in our decisions and actions. We fulfill our commitments and conduct ourselves in a way that is true to our ideals.

Living Diversity
We seek to learn from the different ways of life and opinions represented in our multicultural environment. We respect and actively encourage the contribution of every individual.

Enjoying Participation
We create a dynamic environment created by active and enthusiastic participation of individuals. We enjoy being involved in AIESEC.

Striving for Excellence
We aim to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do. Through creativity and innovation we seek to continuously improve.

Acting Sustainably
We act in a way that is sustainable for our organization and society. Our decisions take into account the needs of future generations.

April 19, 2012

Imprenditorialità e management per lo sviluppo sostenibile

ALTIS, Alta Scuola Impresa e Società, nasce nel 2005 con lo scopo di favorire - attraverso ricerche, corsi di formazione, progetti e rapporti con le imprese - la diffusione di una cultura del management responsabile. E' stata fondata ed è diretta dal prof. Mario Molteni, ordinario di Economia aziendale e Corporate Strategy presso l'Università Cattolica. Giovane e dinamica, ALTIS è connotata da una forte apertura al contesto internazionale e dalla volontà di servire con grande concretezza i bisogni degli studenti e delle imprese che con essa interagiscono.

Per ALTIS la responsabilità dell'impresa implica:

-  la consapevolezza delle inevitabili ripercussioni - economiche, sociali, culturali, ecologiche - delle attività aziendali su una molteplicità di attori sociali;

-  la tensione a soddisfare simultaneamente obiettivi di competitività e di socialità;

-  la valorizzazione di tutte le risorse di professionalità e creatività.

Pertanto la sua missione è quella di promuovere:
-  la possibilità di conciliare competitività e responsabilità sociale d'impresa;

-  lo sviluppo di imprenditori e manager, con particolare attenzione ai giovani, protagonisti dei progetti di internazionalizzazione sostenibile;

-  il buon governo delle imprese profit e non profit;

-  l'interazione tra profit e non profit per lo sviluppo del Paese.

ALTIS accosta i seguenti principali temi:
-  la responsabilità sociale e ambientale delle imprese (CSR);

-  l'internazionalizzazione delle imprese, con una particolare attenzione al contributo offerto allo sviluppo dei paesi in via di sviluppo ed emergenti;

-  la diffusione a livello internazionale dell'esperienza dei distretti industriali;

-  le partnership tra privato/ non profit/ pubblico;

-  il management delle imprese non profit;

-  la corporate governance (organi e sistema di regole per il governo delle aziende di ogni ordine e grado).

ALTIS dedica una speciale attenzione ad alcune aree geografiche di particolare importanza per le imprese e i distretti italiani: America Latina, Cina, Est Europeo, Area del Mediterraneo e Africa.

Grazie ad ALTIS per aver fornito il premio per questo concorso, i 3 corsi di formazione manageriale presso la propria struttura.

April 04, 2012

AIESEC Milano (ri-)presenta il progetto Ecofashion Lab 2, la possibilità a giovani talenti di affacciarsi al sempre più competitivo mondo della moda, partecipando a un contest dove avranno l’occasione di cimentarsi nella creazione di outfit utilizzando refurbished clothes.

La moda italiana è da sempre amata e apprezzata in tutto il mondo e dalla sua nascita ha intrapreso un continuo cammino di crescita che l’ha portata ai vertici del mercato internazionale. Il “made in Italy” è da sempre sinonimo di qualità e di prestigio e in particolare Milano è riconosciuta universalmente come la capitale della moda e dello stile italiano. Il progetto è rivolto a giovani stilisti, under 30, che siano laureati da non più di un anno in scuole di moda o affini di Milano.

 Sarà richiesto di creare un abito da giorno con il vincolo di adoperare solo jeans e cotone, materiali che noi stessi procureremo attraverso una raccolta di vestiti, con l’idea di sensibilizzare l’attenzione verso il tessuto. Saranno selezionati 12 partecipanti dalla giuria, più uno scelto dalla pagina facebook dell’evento. Infine il 26 Maggio si terrà la sfilata con la sfida e la proclamazione del vincitore, dove i migliori 3 scelti dalla giuria vinceranno un workshop per una formazione manageriale presso Altis, alta scuola di formazione e società.

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Il team di Ecofashion Lab

April 03, 2012

Are you ready for this challenge?

We're back. This is a second edition!
EcoFashion LAB is a competition where Fashion Design students of Milan are required to sketch and then produce a sustainable garment. 
Applications were opened on April 2st.

By May 1st the candidates must have produced their final works.

The final event will take place on May 26th
. Experts and important personalities of the fashion and sustainable world will take part of the jury along with journalists.

Last year the EcoFashion LAB was a great sucess . We had many beautiful sustainable clothes and the final event was an unforgettable show.

If you have been waiting for the chance to demonstrate your talent, the moment is now.Do not miss out on this challenge!

Let them see your green talent!

Eccoci qui. Siamo tornati con la seconda edizione di Ecofashion LAB!
Ecofashion LAB è un concorso dove aspiranti stilisti delle scuole di Milano devono disegnare e poi realizzare un outfit "ecosostenibile".

L'application per partecipare sarà aperta dal 2 Aprile 2012.

La lista dei 13 finalisti verrà annunciata il 1 Maggio 2012.

L’evento finale sarà il 26 Maggio dove esperti, giornalisti e importanti personaggi della moda e del mondo ecosostenibile faranno parte della giuria.
L’anno scorso Ecofashion LAB ha riscosso un grandissimo successo. Furono realizzati bellissimi capi ecosostenibili e la sfilata fu uno spettacolo indimenticabile.

Se stai cercando l’occasione per dimostrare il tuo talento, questo è il tuo momento! Non lasciarti scappare questa sfida!

Mostra a tutti il tuo green Talent!