Ecomoda: Chicago’s Green Fashion Show

Most of us probably associate “sustainable style” or “green fashion” with the coasts, right? New York, LA and San Francisco, already associated with the hip and fashionable, have certainly earned their reputations as havens for green design, but they’re not the only games in town. On Thursday, September 27th, Chicago’s sustainability central, the Foresight Design Initiative, will hold it’s annual Sustainable Convergence event. This year, the party and socializing revolve around EcoModa, “a juried and invited exhibition of eco-friendly clothing by local and national designers and manufacturers, showcasing what is happening in the quickly evolving eco-fashion realm.” The festivities begin at 5:30 at the Notebaert Nature Museum.

While registration just closed for EcoModa entries, those with a flair for design on a smaller scale can enter the DIY Fashion Contest that will also be held at the event. No registration necessary, and prizes will be awarded “for the outfits that most capture the attention of our discerning attendees!”

“High fashion” usually means “high price,” but the Sustainability Convergence, as a community event, is quite reasonable, with tickets as low as $25 for students. While I don’t have any names of attendees, or designers who’ve entered the Ecomoda competition, I wouldn’t at all surprised to find out that a number of the brighter stars from the green fashion world will be attending.

While not particularly fashionable myself, I’m planning on attending the event, and, of course, writing about it here, and at Green Options. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the sustainability-related events I’ve been to in Chicago, and am looking forward to seeing what green and fashionable means in the Windy City. I’ve no doubts that people on the coasts will be very jealous if they can’t make it…

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