Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Writer, Editor and Recycled Fashion Enthusiast Yuka Yoneda Comes to Florida Tech April 9


MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology will host Yuka Yoneda, writer, editor and recycled fashion enthusiast, in the next Friends of Textiles Lecture Series presentation April 9. The lecture, “Is Eco-Fashion an Oxymoron?” is at 6 p.m. in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room on campus; a reception starts at 5:15 p.m.

The term "eco-fashion" has gained popularity in the past few years, but is it actually impossible for fashion –with its frenetic production cycle and planned obsolescence—to ever truly be green? In a lecture, titled, "Is Eco-Fashion an Oxy-Moron?” Yoneda explores ethical and environmental reforms taking place within the fashion industry as well as psychological and societal thought patterns that have begun to shift in the consumer mind.

“Despite what retailers might have us believe, green garments go way beyond a tag that says ‘organic cotton’ or ‘recycled polyester.’ This talk will take a look into what drives us to buy clothing the way we do and how, if at all, fashion can evolve towards a better future,” said Yoneda.

Yoneda is a senior editor at Ecouterre.com, a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion. She holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technologyanda bachelor’s degree in business management from Stony Brook University. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, HGTV.com, Glamour and other websites and magazines. Yoneda has also written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

Individual tickets for the lecture cost $10 each for the general public and are free to Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and full-time students. For more information, call the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at (321) 674-8313 or visit http://textiles.fit.edu.

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