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Video: Student work: 'Greening Princeton'


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Jack Hutton '13 documented the "Greening Fashion" show, in which student designers entered pieces made of objects that were reused or can be deemed sustainable. Read more.


Video Closed Captions

Sarah Chen:
Hi, I'm Sarah.

Chenyu Zheng:
I'm Chenyu.

Kelly Rouser:
I'm Kelly.

Chenyu Zheng:
And we are the organizers of the sustainable fashion contest.

Sarah Chen:
We gave very loose guidelines to any student

Sarah Chen:
designers who wanted to enter.

Sarah Chen:
Really we just asked them to create pieces out of anything

Sarah Chen:
that could be re-used, that could be deemed sustainable.

Chenyu Zheng:
We were also fortunate to collaborate with the Art Museum,

Chenyu Zheng:
which provided a special venue for the event.

Chenyu Zheng:
The format of the contest was each contestant would

Chenyu Zheng:
come up to the stage and present his or her piece,

Chenyu Zheng:
and then all four judges will ask questions.

Kelly Rouser:
So, one of the judges was Professor Patricia Brown.

Kelly Rouser:
Another judge was senior James Mister, and he's in

Kelly Rouser:
the Politics department.

Kelly Rouser:
And then a third judge was Nina. All I know was that she

Kelly Rouser:
was a fashion designer, so we just happened to meet her while

Kelly Rouser:
preparing for the competition.

Kelly Rouser:
And the fourth judge was Starre Varten, and she's the

Kelly Rouser:
eco-blogger that we invited earlier to speak during dinner.

Student:
So, the biggest problem with type 6

Student:
plastic is it has a very narrow window of when it's

Student:
melting and then when it goes past the point that it can

Student:
be heated and becomes brittle and unusable.

Student:
So, what I was interested in, because I do a lot of material

Student:
science, would be... was trying to find the point at which it

Student:
would slump and soften while still retaining

Student:
its malleability.

Student:
So, I wanted things that were beautiful and

Student:
thought-provoking but were also, at a very basic level,

Student:
practical and functional.

Chenyu Zheng:
And one art major, she used the used, leftover

Chenyu Zheng:
canvas from her art studio.

Chenyu Zheng:
So, it's all leftover material that happened

Chenyu Zheng:
to be thrown away into the trash.

Chenyu Zheng:
And one student, she used her own thesis.

Laura Bai:
I like to think of this as like a quintessentially

Laura Bai:
Princeton piece, because, well first you have the thesis, but

Laura Bai:
also a lot of people tend to drink a lot of caffeinated

Laura Bai:
beverages at Princeton.

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Student:
So it was very much we were constantly bantering and

Student:
checking things out with each other, trying shoes

Student:
on for each other.

Student:
Very collaborative, the whole process, but tons of fun.

Student:
That's really the key. It was a project that we saw going into

Student:
it, going, "Wow, this could be a lot of fun for us to do, a way

Student:
to spend time and hang out, and that's what it should be about."

Student:
I think it's going to be kind of a major catalyst in

Student:
my life, both as a designer and as a chemist, because it really

Student:
reinforced what I've always suspected, which is that I

Student:
fundamentally love the design and materials, especially as

Student:
tied to their functionality, and I've always thought that I

Student:
was really most interested in architectural materials, and I

Student:
could -- after this experience -- I could really see myself going

Student:
into the design of fashion materials and maybe the

Student:
design of the fashion itself.

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