Fashion designer will lecture on sustainability at Kent State Tuesday

Angela Pino


1. There are a limited number of natural resources so it is important to learn how to best preserve them.

2. The more use you can get out of a fabric, the more profit you make.

3. Growing cotton is really hard on the earth so it is important to not waste any of it.

4. More and more companies are looking at how to design with minimal waste so it is an important skill to have.

Fashion designer Holly McQuillan is lecturing in the Murphy Auditorium of the Kent State Fashion Museum Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture focuses on sustainability in the fashion industry. Today, many companies are focusing on being eco-friendly; therefore, the fashion industry is focusing on sustainability.

McQuillan is a designer from New Zealand whose main focus is zero waste. J.R. Campbell, director of the Fashion School, said some of McQuillan’s pieces are on display in the Fashion Museum, which made her an obvious choice to come lecture students.

The collection displayed in the Fashion Museum is McQuillan’s “War/Peace.” It focuses on using typography with zero waste pattern designs.

One way that zero waste fashion is created is by cutting fabric in a way to eliminate scraps. The designs are usually laid out digitally and then cut with a laser.

As well as being a designer and lecturer, McQuillan has several exhibits on display worldwide and has authored a chapter about zero waste design.

“I’ve never met her before so I’m really excited about her coming to lecture,” Campbell said.

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