Featured Q&A

Q: What inspired you to create and organize this project?

A:
 After successfully executing the first fashion show, co-presidents, Dare Turner and I, recognized the sustainable fashion niche that existed at Stanford. In order to capture the potential of this niche, we organized the Sustainable Fashion Collective to keep the tradition of the show going and provide students with a forum in which they can share and grow their fashion ideas.

Q: In a nutshell, what is the greatest individual benefit this project has imparted to you? The greatest individual challenge?

A:
 The greatest benefit has been having a social vision and being fortunate enough to have a huge, interactive student body to test it out on. It has been very gratifying to see how other people relate to one another over the issue of sustainable fashion. On the other hand, the greatest challenge has been finding core group members who can exert strong leadership while still allowing participants freedom to experiment with fashion as they like. There is certainly a tradeoff between achieving consistency and also leaving the group malleable for future years and leaders.

Q: From a long-term perspective, what trajectory do you see this project taking? Will it become a recurring event? Will it branch out beyond its current focus area?

A:
 Already the Sustainable Fashion show has become something of an annual tradition on campus. Mostly we don’t want this movement to die when the current leaders move on. In order to insure the longevity of this group, we must do things now that truly get students to believe in its credibility. In the long-run, we hope that the Sustainable Fashion Collective can continue to provide an outlet for students who want to get their hands dirty experimenting and come together to explore the different ways of thinking about fashion.

Q: Is there any advice or tips you would like to give to future applicants of the Mel Lane Student Grant Program?

A:
 If you have an idea or vision, do not sit on it. Begin looking around for ways to organize your group and ways to make your project feasible. Once your group is together, apply for a Mel Lane grant! Don’t worry if your group is not yet as structured as you’d like, you can finetune the details as the project progresses. The important thing when applying for funding is that your group exists, and that your ideas are viable with a plan for setting them in action.