2012: Dress Responsibly

With 2011 ending as FFP's year of reflection and reinforcement, 2012 marks new beginnings. At the heart is the FFP mission to "Dress Responsbly". The original idea which started in 2006 as FFP's leading promotional campaign evolved into programs, workshops and activities centered in conversation on social responsibility, ethical business in the fashion industry, use of sustainable fibers and textiles and use of creativy in the alleviating poverty. FFP is celebrating the beginning of new relations, new programs, and new opportunities within fashion's global community.

Photography by Violette Markelou, Model: Imena de Barros, Dress by Laura Williams

Fashion Fights Poverty Summer Fashion Camp

July 30, 2012 to August 3, 2012 10AM to 4PM Daily

Artisphere Education Lab
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

Fashion Boot Camp Showcase: Friday, August 3, 2012 at 5:30pm in Education Lab (details coming soon!)

As part of Artisphere's "SUMMER BREAK CREATIVE CAMP FOR TEENS", Fashion Fights Poverty will be holding it's first summer camp. FFP will provide a 5-day fashion program for middle and high school students interested in the fashion industry. Students will engage in creative classes to boost their self-esteem and introduce them to different areas of the fashion industry, including styling, production, design, photography, modeling, among others, integrated with eco-ethical principles. Professionals currently working in the fashion industry and Fashion Fights Poverty volunteers will teach the classes.
Instructors include:

  • Aidah Fontenot - Acclaimed Local Eco/Ethical Designer and Fashion Fights Poverty 2009 Alum
  • Kimberly Goldson - Ethical Designer and Project Runway Season 9 Finalist
  • Kiah Rhodes - Fashion blogger and DIY expert

For more information and to register, click here.

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Special Event at Puro Café Bar & Lounge in Georgetown

Friday, July 13th, 2012 7:00PM

Puro Café Bar & Lounge
1529 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC

Join Puro Café Bar & Lounge Friday, July 13th, 2012 for a fun evening of socializing over delicious food bites and cocktails in support of Fashion Fights Poverty.

  • Open bar from 7pm to 9pm.
  • Gift baskets from votre vu up for raffle.
  • Live Gipsy Kings cover band starting at 9pm.
$30 in-advance: $40 at the door.
Click here for advanced tickets.

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Special Shopping Event at Sheyla's Boutique of Georgetown

Friday, June 20th, 2012 6:00PM to 10:00PM

Sheyla's Boutique of Georgetown
3251 Prospect Street
Washington, DC
(above Morton's Steakhouse and Cafe' Milano)

Please RSVP at

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Special Film Screening and Dress Responsibly Eco-Ethical Forum

Friday, June 8th, 2012 6:30PM to 9PM

Artisphere Dome Theater
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

We will host our Dress Responsibly panel discussion at the Artisphere Dome Theater in Arlington, VA, where we'll cover eco and ethical topics faced by the fashion industry at all levels (consumer, worker, manufacturing, etc.) including sustainability, social responsibility, micro-finance, worker's issues, and the international commercial fashion industry.

The forum will feature a screening of the Detroit Lives! documentary "After the Factory". The documentary presents an opportunity to learn from these two diametrically different cultures (Detroit, Michigan and Lodz, Poland) as their entire way of life transitions to something new. Stories from the citizens are inspiring. Ideas from community leaders are thought-provoking. Free-thinking entrepreneurs are putting a new spin on traditional concepts of growth.

$15. Tickets available at the door.

Moderator: Katherine Limon, My Signature Look
Confirmed Panelists:
Bianca Alexander, Conscious Living TV
Philip Lauri, Detroit Lives
Marga Fripp, Empowering Women International
Mitch Halaby, Boston Career Revolution

Networking Reception to follow film screening and discussion.

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2012 Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Gala

WHAT:               2012 FFP Dress Responsibly Gala

WHEN:               Saturday, March 31st, 2012 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

WHERE:              Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd Arlington VA

The 2012 Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Gala is our most ambitious presentation yet!

FFP has seen an influx of extraordinary new talent in 2012, including Producer Violetta Markelou, whose artistic vision includes themes of ecology and consumption paired with exquisite beauty and modern dance during the runway experience.

This 3 hour Fashion Showcase includes:

  • Cocktail reception; exquisite tastings; Silent auction featuring designer items!
  • Innovative runway show and dance performance!
  • Live exhibition of models in stunning designs!
The gala will feature a fashion show and presentations by some of the most visionary eco/ethical designers today, including Project Runway Season 7 winner, Seth Aaron Henderson; renewable fabric apparel designer, Earthtec; EcoArtFashion founder, Luis Valenzuela (recycled paper dress shown in invite); 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Designers Award recipient, Tara St. James (Study NY); local DC metro area designers, Laura Williams and Ginger Root; NY-based sustainable fabric lingerie designer, Daisy & Elizabeth; LA-based eco-friendly designer, LAVUK; Canadian swimwear and apparel designer, Ashley Zaba; vegan shoes and bag designer Cri-de-Ceour; and animal activist and creator of the "12 in 12 for 12" campaign, Gabby Wild.

Bar service provided by SugarRimBar. Hors d'oeuvres by Olazzo. Gelato by Dolci Gelati.
After-party at Mio Restaurant.
Transportation provided by Green Route.

All proceeds will benefit FFP programs, including the Woodrow Wilson High Clothing & Textile Program, Fashion Fights Poverty Summer Fashion Camp, Vocational Internship/Mentoring Program, Detroit Lives Partnership Project, among others.

Recaps, photos and press can be found on the FFP facebook page.

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