Berkeley College Fashion Club launches eco-chic line at Paterson Museum

Student models strutted down red-carpet runway at the Paterson Museum in Woodland Park, New Jersey in a fashion show produced by students of the Berkeley College Fashion Club.

The club helped the museum launch its eco-friendly fashion art installation, Paterson Eco-Chic.  The exhibit displays garments made with recyclable materials donated by manufacturing companies based in Paterson, New Jersey.  The collection showcases a historical overview of fashion style in Paterson, displaying garments that ranged from the Victorian era to the 1960s.

“Paterson Eco-Chic is meant to bring awareness to not only the silk and textile industry’s rich history in Paterson, but also to the undeniable need for sustainable practice in fashion,” said Paterson Eco-Chic Project Director & Curator Cristina Deutsch.

“Our objective was to create a fashion show that enhanced consciousness within the community about the role Paterson and sustainability have played in fashion,” said Palenia Pichardo of Paterson, President of the Berkeley College Fashion Club in Woodland Park.

While the Club is comprised of students from all majors, many of its members are enrolled in the Berkeley College Fashion Merchandising and Management program, which integrates the creative and business aspects of the fashion industry with current technologies, covering the complete fashion global supply chain.

“The experience of developing this show gave Berkeley College students, who are cultivating a business intellect along with a sense of style, a chance to apply what they are learning in class into practice,” said Professor William Filerino, PhD, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®.

On the left, Cristina Deutsch, Paterson Eco-Chic Project Director & Curator at the Paterson Museum, and Palenia Pichardo of Paterson, NJ, President of the Berkeley College Fashion Club in Woodland Park (fourth from the left) pose with models.

Curated by Deutsch, Paterson Eco-Chic is made possible in part from a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council with funds provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The garments displayed in the exhibit were created by local artists, students from the Bergen County Academies, and acclaimed theater designers like Victoria Pero. Recyclable materials used to make the pieces were donated by Les Metalliers Champenois, Accurate Box, Greenbaum Interiors, Feldman Brothers, and more.