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Kent State Museum Opens Sustainable Fashion Exhibit

Posted Mar. 29, 2011

Sustainable Fashion: Exploring the ParadoxThe Kent State University Museum will open Sustainable Fashion: Exploring the Paradox on exhibit April 8, 2011 - March 18, 2012, Stager and Blum Galleries. The exhibit is guest curated by Noël Palomo-Lovinski, fashion designer and professor in Kent State's fashion school. Two opening receptions will be held and are open and free to the public. Guests can attend on Wed., April 13, 3-5 p.m. or Thurs., April 14, 6-8 p.m. The Museum is located at Kent State University, 515 Hilltop Drive, corner of E. Main Street and S. Lincoln in Rockwell Hall. The museum is open Wed. 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; and, Sunday noon-4:45 p.m.

Sustainable Fashion: Exploring the Paradox is a comprehensive look at sustainable practices in fashion. The multi-billion dollar fashion industry is in a powerful position to make significant changes to social and physical environments in which we live. The problems in creating clothing are overwhelming. They are systemic in all facets of production, retail, maintenance and then disposal, and create a crisis of environmental and social concerns.

The designers featured in this exhibition are approaching these problems in their work, and offering design solutions that are both aesthetically pleasing and viable as a fashionable option to the status quo. The exhibition demonstrates the environmental issues that the fashion industry is grappling with, as well as possible solutions for future designers to contemplate in their own work. The exhibition hopes to inform and encourage everyone to re-think their clothing purchases for a more sustainably stylish future.

Noël Palomo-Lovinski, Biography

Noël attended Parsons School of Design, BFA with Honors Visual Culture New York University MA, Textiles Kent State University MFA with Honors.

After graduating Parsons School of Design in 1994, she successfully pursued a career as a professional Fashion Designer in New York City working in positions for DKNY, Episode, Anne Crimmins, and The Limited, among others.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Noël's scholarship is focused on the relationship between style, image and popular culture. She recently published a book, The World's Most Influential Fashion Designers: Hidden Connections And Lasting Legacies Of Fashion's Iconic Creators. The illustrated volume examines fifty of the most influential fashion designers of the past 100 years. Each designer's most significant creations are illustrated and discussed in light of how they survived the test of time, and then went on to influence fashion to the present day. The author categorized leading fashion designers as follows --

  • Designers as Celebrities: Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and others
  • Defining Women for a New Generation: Gabrielle Chanel (20s and 50s), Claire McCardell (40s) Halston (70s), and others
  • Designers as Artisans: Mariano Fortuny,Cristobal Balenciaga, Yohji Yamamoto, Olivier Theyskins, and others
  • Designers as Futurists: Pierre Cardin, Andre Courreges, Thierry Mugler, and others
  • Designers as Modernists: Francisco Costa, Jill Sander, Raf Simmons, and others
  • Designers as Conceptualists: Elsa Schiaparelli, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, and others

This comprehensive analysis of fashion design and how it has evolved is complemented with more than 350 illustrations.

Her past exhibit which was featured at the Kent State University Museum in 2009, used anonymous public confessions collected from the internet and arranged into original prints with the design of the dress reflecting the tensions and anxieties inherent in divulging hidden truths. Noël has had a retrospective exhibition for her work entitled Confessions and the Sense of Self, which has garnered praise and attention. She has also participated in international and national exhibitions as well as publishing several articles on the future of fashion. To that end, Noël's work is also dedicated to research toward examining how the role of the designer is changing in the contemporary industry and how to repurpose curricula to better prepare students for challenges of the 21st century.

Within the School of Fashion at Kent State Noël teaches a variety of subjects including Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Pop Culture and Design in the 20th Century, and Costume History.

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For more information contact:

Effie A. Tsengas, PR/Marketing Coordinator, College of the Arts,, 330-672-8398