After an impressive showing last year, the Paterson Museum is hosting a second eco-fashion exhibition dubbed the Eco-Chic II. This year the theme is to brand the reusable bag as a must-have fashion accessory.
Museum exhibit curator Cristina Deutsch, who started the annual exhibition last year, aims to bring fashion and art together to spotlight environmental responsibility through an innovative approach.
“My goal, through Paterson Eco-Chic II is to start this conversation within Paterson’s diverse Community,” said Deutsch. She is referring to a conversation about the harmful effect plastic bags have on the environment. “I have a long-time dream for the City of Paterson to have its own branded reusable bag.”
Deutsch has developed a partnership with Ramapo College. A group of students will have an exhibit at the Eco-Chic II on the use of reusable shopping bags. Eight Paterson seniors from the college’s Upward Bound Math Science Program worked on a research project and produced reusable shopping bags for their study while earning college credits. Their work will be displayed at the exhibition.
“Our Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) students are Paterson residents and proud to be part of a movement that makes Paterson the pioneer in reducing plastic bag use in Passaic County,” Sandra Suarez, program director for the Upward Bound Math Science Program, said. “Historically, Paterson was first in the nation for many things and it is our hope that Paterson will lead the way in environmentally friendly practices in our state.”
The Eco-Chic II will also feature work from artist and eco-fashion designer Rose Orelup. She creates “runway looks” using items bound for the landfill. She has been collecting large quantities of plastic base items like plastic trash bags for her work. She gathered 600 bags from her friends throughout the U.S. and Europe.
“Environmental responsibility is not just for scientists, but every person on this planet. The Eco-Chic exhibits at the Paterson Museum creatively remind us that it can be fashionable to be sustainable,” said mayor Andre Sayegh.
The Eco-Chic II exhibition aims to tell people that communities are doing their part to promote sustainable living to avoid further degrading the plant.
“This project will allow the Museum to continue to explore the role of culture and the arts in the global debate on environmental sustainability,” Giacomo Destefano, director of the Paterson Museum, said.
The Eco-Chic II exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. at the Paterson Museum, 2 Market Street.
Admission is free.
The mayor will open the exhibition.
Get a taste of the Eco-Chic II below: