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Fashion: The Ugly Reality

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What’s in style this season? Fashion trends have always changed with the times, but in recent years, “fast fashion” retailers have made it easier and cheaper than ever before for consumers to outfit themselves in the latest styles. However, behind the fashion industry’s glamourous runways and storefronts, there are hidden social, environmental and economic costs that have a negative impact on our world.

What would it take to design a more sustainable fashion industry? Where can we find more ethical solutions on both a local and a global scale, and how can we inspire each other to take sustainable action every time we get dressed?

On October 23, 2018, join us for a conversation between international and local experts in sustainable fashion to learn more about how sustainable fashion is growing, both in Calgary and beyond. Together, we will consider sustainable solutions to some of the fashion industry’s most pressing social, environmental and economic concerns.


Elizabeth Cline, Author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion 

Emilie Maine, Founder of Maine Ethics

A sustainably sourced vegetarian meal will be served at this event.

Event Details

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 4:00 p.m.

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Doors open and sign in 
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers, community conversation and dinner
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Q&A session

University of Calgary 
MacEwan Hall A/B,
2500 University Dr NW, 
Calgary, AB T2N 4V8

Earlier Event: September 23
Madison Civics Club