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Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) has announced the third and fourth workshops in the university’s Eco Luxury Laboratory (Eco Lux Lab) series which focuses on sustainable fashion.
The third online Eco Lux Lab session, titled ‘Fashion Illustration’, will be held on November 19, and will be presented by Richard Haines, a renowned fashion illustrator based in Brooklyn, while the fourth workshop on December 3 will see artist Helen Kirkum fashion sneakers out of recycled material from her London studio.
Both workshops are open to industry practitioners and members of the public keen to hone their know-how of sustainable practices in the fashion industry.
In response to the huge carbon footprint produced by fashion photoshoots, leading names in fashion have consciously shifted to more sustainable operational processes, one of them being fashion illustration. In fact, the Italian edition of the Vogue magazine recently reintroduced fashion illustration in its publications, for the first time since it started using photographs in the early 20th century.
Haines, an alumnus of VCUarts Richmond, is one of the top fashion illustrators internationally and has collaborated with the likes of J Crewe, Prada and Calvin Klein. In the third workshop, participants will pay a virtual visit to his Brooklyn studios where they will have a closer look at his creative process and listen to his experiences spanning his career.
The fourth workshop, titled ‘Recycled Sneakers’, will feature Kirkum, an artist and designer who has worked with adidas, Reebok, Timberland and Nike. She caught the eye of artists and public alike for her work involving discarded and recycled sneakers. Through her craftsmanship, she emphasises the possibilities of creating couture-level accessories from discarded material.
Eco Lux Lab is a pioneering initiative launched by the Fashion Design department at VCUarts Qatar, a Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university, in response to the growing realisation that current and future generations of designers need to be taught the importance of sustainable fashion. The workshops aim to make participants aware that luxury can be sustainable and beautiful, without having to sacrifice the former for the latter.
Both workshops will be held from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm. To register for the sessions, visit https://qatar.vcu.edu/community/register-online/
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