For a few hours on Friday evening, the galleries of Ackland Art Museum will turn into a runway.
The second annual Sustainable Strut, organized by the UNC Undergraduate Student Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs, will showcase the secondhand-sourced designs of nine on-campus and local stylists, fashion collectives and creative directors.
UNC senior and co-director of the DEA, Tyra Rubin, said the event aims to spread awareness about textile waste in the garment industry in an inventive, fun way. She said that the event is an extension of the department’s mission to promote student groups involved in environmental advocacy.
“Sustainable fashion and slow fashion definitely fits into what we, as a student organization do — that's what our job is,” Rubin said.
Slow fashion is an approach to design and curation that prioritizes environmentally-friendly, ethically-made pieces over fast fashion trends.
UNC junior Aliyah Carrion, the Strut’s lead creative designer and a member of the DEA, said that the project stemmed from a desire to combine her interests in sustainable fashion and environmental conservation.
Carrion began developing the project at a time when she was grieving the death of a family member and using thrifting as part of her healing journey.
"This whole thing is about making something beautiful out of conventionally non-beautiful things — like grief, like secondhand clothing,” she said.
Each designer will display an original collection that incorporates their personal style into the overall theme of sustainability on the runway, DEA general staff member and senior Christian Chung said.