Eco-Friendly Fashion in Las Vegas
by Amelia Gray
Fashion Career Center Columnist
Once a year, Las Vegas' fashion designers come together in an effort to save the planet through couture. This alternative fashion show gives new meaning to the word "grassroots."
It's no surprise that the Entertainment Capital of the World is home to artists, designers, and performers who love the energy of this tourism-driven locale. However, tourists on The Strip might be surprised at one local fashion movement that eschews traditional glitz in favor of environmentally friendly materials and construction.
Earth-Friendly Fashion The Compassionate Fashion Collective is committed to environmentally sustainable products. In the heart of a city that celebrates excess, the group is a haven of organic cotton, hemp, natural beauty products, and accessories crafted from beautiful and sustainable materials. Once a year, the Collective holds a market and fashion show that attracts tourists and residents of Las Vegas alike.
What is Eco-Friendly Fashion?
Environmentally conscious fashion may bring to mind images of Birkenstocks and drum circles, but the true goals of this fashion movement allow for a broad spectrum of design. They include:
- Organic: The farming and harvesting procedures for the material must not involve harmful pesticides and bleaching chemicals that harm the land.
- Sustainable: The harvesters and traders of the products are paid a fair wage, allowing for a healthy culture.
- Cruelty-Free: No animals are harmed in harvesting or assembly; clothes and accessories don't use fur or feathers.
- Recyclable: Clothing and accessories are sturdy for long use and bio-degradable once discarded.
For fashion design school students in the area, the Compassionate Fashion Collective show offers an extra bonus: The show is open to fashion design school students along with established designers. For students, that means the opportunity to showcase their designs along with professional designers in the field. In an industry where showing work in public is an important first step to the boutiques, design houses, and collections most designers dream of, gaining entrance to any fashion show is important. This small, grassroots fashion show can prove to be a first step for young designers looking to make local connections.
Compassionate Fashion Collective
About the Author
Amelia Gray is a teacher and freelance writer in San Marcos, TX. Amelia earned a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University.