Nations First Eco Fashion Scholarship Program

Sol Inspirations kicks off the nation’s first eco fashion scholarship program this Thursday at Bespoke Hair Artisans in Edina.

Thursday, February 7th at Bespoke Hair Artisans
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated.” – Oscar Wilde   Oscar Wilde

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 4th, 2013) – This Thursday evening, Sol Inspirations will kick off its new fashion scholarship program at Bespoke Hair Artisans to bring awareness to college students about the fashion industry’s role in water pollution, clothing waste, chemical harm and poor worker treatment.

A silent auction and contest, Juxtapose, will be part of the event fundraiser. Five top fashion students, one from each of the five Twin Cities fashion programs, have been chosen to compete for a $500 scholarship by creating a look using textiles provided by Sol Inspiration. Students will exhibit their garments at the event on live models. Guests attending Juxtapose will score each design. The student with the highest score will win the $500 scholarship.

Contest sketch by Cristina Gazca, St. Catherine University

Contest sketch by Cristina Gazca, St. Catherine University

Chosen by their professors, the students are Cristina Gazca from St. Catherine University, Hannah Condon from Art Institute International, Carolyn McIntyre from Minneapolis Community Technical College, Crystal Compton from the University of Minnesota and Reilly McMonigal from the College of Visual Arts.

The Sol Inspirations board is working with colleges to distribute the rest of the funds raised during Thursday’s benefit.

“It is a testament to Sol Inspirations that all of the local fashion programs are participating this Thursday as well as over 30 businesses to help make this a success,” said Alex Detrick, President of Sol Inspirations. “It is the first scholarship that makes students aware about what they can do to reduce the fashion industry’s contribution to pollution, waste and human harm.”

The benefit will be held at Bespoke Hair Artisans on Thursday, February 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at for $20 until the end of February 4, after which tickets will be $25. Tickets will also be available at the door on February 7 for $25.

Responsible fashion practices contribute to a healthy and responsible world on many fronts including choosing organic and locally made textiles, manufacturing clothes efficiently to use less energy, respecting responsible labor practices, recycling clothes to make new fashion (upcycling) and commissioning demi-couture clothing over disposable fashion.

Sol Inspirations is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for responsible clothing, styling and beauty products and educates consumers about how these products make our world a healthier and better place to live. Their goal is to position ethical fashion as fashion consumers aspire to wear and that art and beauty do not have to diminish with responsible choices. For more information about Sol Inspirations, visit


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