Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: The Fashion Farmer

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Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: The Fashion Farmer


FIT’s 16th annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference: Pathways to Impact centers on four core themes that highlight the intersectionality of sustainable practices. Over the course of two intensive days, attendees will be immersed in keynotes, talks, and panel discussions providing pathways to Social Justice x Social Responsibility, Environment x Materials, Consumption x Waste, and Design x Business. The speakers are trailblazers in numerous facets of sustainability and emphasize the FIT community’s commitment to best practices in all its operations—including student projects, faculty and staff initiatives, and campus facilities.
Conversation: Lorenza Wong, Fashion Farmer; Melissa Marra-Alvarez, Curator of Education, The Museum at FIT
Lorenza Wong is a textile consultant and an adjunct professor of Textile at Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design – The New School. Lorenza is known to be a highly creative and technical textile innovator with a passion for sustainable textiles. She has more than 30 years of industry experience and achievements as a fashion and apparel executive, with expertise in global raw material sourcing, fabric research and development, textile innovation, and product lifecycle management. Lorenza is dedicated to making local natural raw materials available and accessible through regenerative farming.
Melissa Marra-Alvarez is curator of education and research at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT). Melissa is a co-curator of the upcoming MFIT exhibition Food and Fashion (2023). Her previous exhibitions include Minimalism/Maximalism (2019) and Force of Nature (2017), and she co-curated Head to Toe (2022) and Fashion & Politics (2009). Her research interests lie in the intersections between fashion, the natural sciences, and sustainability, as well as new perspectives in the study of fashion as visual culture. She holds an MA in Museum Studies: Fashion and Textile History from the Fashion Institute of Technology.


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