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Sustainable Fashion

  • Will fashion ever be good for the world?
  • What is fashion’s environmental impact?
  • What is the social impact of fast fashion?
  • How can we consume more sustainably?

Fashion is the world’s second most polluting industry.

It operates on a model at the heart of a widespread humanitarian crisis: incalculable environmental damage & inhumane labor practices. Through the investigation of case studies, current industry journals, webinars, and discussions with industry experts and workers, we will propose solutions for creating more sustainable and equitable fashion supply chains and consumer practices. Working alongside librarians, faculty, and community leaders, students will determine ways to educate and inspire action among the global public through messaging and other interactive, creative methods.


  • Collaborations TBA

Impact Outcomes

Student teams will create compelling narratives to advance sustainable fashion practices among consumers as part of an interactive installation to engage consumers with their clothing & the values they ascribe to it.

Enrollment Information

Spring 2021

Course time/location: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-10:15am (location TBA)

Lab time/location: Tuesdays 10:30-11:45am*

  • Humanities Lab HUL 494 and 598
  • Fashion FSH 494
  • Italian ITA 494 and 598
  • French FRE 494 and 598
  • School of International Letters and Cultures SLC 494 and 598
*Lab time is for students to work on activities and assignments, especially skill-building and collaborative Lab projects. Contact faculty about required Lab times. Sign up today!

Instructional Team

Faculty: Dennita Sewell Fashion School of Art Sustainable Fashion Spring 2021
Faculty: Enrico Minardi Interdisciplinary Examination of Italian Culture and Society School of International Letters and Cultures Sustainable Fashion Spring 2021
Librarian: Christina Sullivan Learning and Student Success Library Information Specialist, Sr. Sustainable Fashion Spring 2021
Librarian: Mimmo Bonanni Associate Liaison Librarian Social Science Division Sustainable Fashion Spring 2021