About this Event
While "fast fashion" is a familiar term, its underlying problems often remain misunderstood. This engaging discussion will shed light on the multifaceted challenges, from social and environmental injustices to practical strategies for individuals seeking to make a difference in their daily lives. Delving deeper into the subject, our panelists will explore the concept of greenwashing and its implications, as well as the profound impact of various materials used in our clothing on our planet. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of fast fashion's issues and how we can address them. Join us in partnership with Boston Fashion Week and Revolution Fashion for an insightful panel discussion on the complex issue of fast fashion. Come curious and with questions!
The panel discussion will be held in the first 45 minutes; it will feature both the professors and sustainable designers. The 45 minute session is immediately followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.
After the panel discussion, join us in Teen Central on the second floor of the Boylston Street Building for the . Panel and Q&A attendance is not required to see the Designer Showcase; attendance at the Designer Showcase is not required to attend the Panel and Q&A.
More about the program
The fashion industry is the second largest polluter to our environment behind oil and gas. Fabricating the Future of Fast Fashion aims to educate the public about fast fashion while also celebrating local designers using sustainable practices in their work. Through this event, we will take a deep dive into what sustainable fashion looks like and how to move forward to better protect the environment. Featuring both experts in the industry and designers, we hope this event builds community and inspires people to take action against fast fashion!
Panel discussion participants
Dr. Catherine Weiss: Professor Fashion Merchandising and Management; Media and Marketing, Lasell School of Fashion
Catharine, with 15+ years in fashion at companies like Liz Claiborne and Gucci, transitioned from modeling to teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in Consumer Neuroscience Ethics. In academia, she co-authored publications and presented on Consumer Neuroscience in Fashion. As a faculty advisor, she connects students with industry through NRFSA and the Fashion Connection Club. Catharine also integrates tech into fashion curricula and creates real-world case studies with Lasell's Innovation Institute, emphasizing practical, hands-on learning.
Madhavi Venkatesan PhD: Department of Economics, Northeastern University
Madhavi Venkatesan, Ph.D., holds economics degrees from Vanderbilt University and has authored four textbooks, including "SDG8 – Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Work for All." She leads Sustainable Practices, a nonprofit in Barnstable County, MA, and successfully campaigned to ban plastic bottles in the region. Madhavi is dedicated to integrating sustainability into economics education and has experience in investor relations with leading U.S. insurers.
Panel discussion moderator
Taneshia, a fearless leader, founded The Haute House and MadeIncubator in Boston, MA. She accelerates entrepreneurial growth in fashion and business. The Haute House develops fashion businesses and teaches aspiring designers through The Haute House University. MadeIncubator revolutionizes designer success and economic development. Taneshia's mission is to create a sustainable fashion industry through business education.
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Boston Public Library Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, Boston, United States