Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Schneider Lecture

2018 Schneider Lecture
Vogue Fashion Show & Talk:
How Green is the New Black

Presented in conjunction with the fall exhibit: Sketched Out - The Beginnings of a Masterpiece

Fashion Show Designers
& Guest Speakers:

Wendy Osterweil

Brittney Ciardi

Experience an evening dedicated to sustainable style.

Enjoy demonstrations, a fashion show, and an artist talk all related to the "slow fashion" movement - a fashion revolution that is picking up speed.

Thursday, September 27, 6pm - 9pm
at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018


$45 for HBMS Members
$55 for Non-Members
$25 for Students with Student ID

Evening Program

6:00PM- 7:00PM

Arrive to music and light fare. Peruse select pop-up displays from demonstrators and organizations committed to organic, sustainable, or green practices.

These vendors range from food and beverage, to art and beauty products, to home decor. Enjoy the newest Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites exhibition: Sketched Out.

7:00PM - 7:30PM

Fashion Show.

Enjoy a Sustainable Style Fashion Show of naturally dyed, hand crafted, slow fashions with an artist' twist featuring the work of Philadelphia based artist Wendy Osterwiel of Left Hand Print Studio.

7:30PM - 8:30PM

Artist talk with Wendy Osterweil on Slow Fashion with Q & A with Artist

8:30PM - 9:00PM

Continued music, refreshments, and shopping pop-up displays.


The slow fashion movement is a response to the “fast fashion" phenomenon.  In an attempt to keep up with trends and turn a profit, the fashion industry has seen a rise in “fast fashion” which is trendy clothing made inexpensively, often at the cost of people or the environment. Today, the production timeline from design to finished product can be as short as a few weeks. This quick production time, partnered with a 60% rise in apparel consumption in the US, has resulted in disposable clothing that moves from overloaded clearance racks to overflowing landfills.

Enter the “slow fashion” movement, which seeks to emphasize responsible production and consumerism as well as clothing recycling programs. People are reconnecting with how their clothing is made, who made it, and its material and geographic origins. While “slow fashion” pieces are often more of an upfront investment, they are made of higher quality materials, in timeless designs that will withstand trends.  

The idea of slowing down in an on-demand, fast paced world stems beyond clothing and into other lifestyle products and services. Don’t miss pop up booths with vendors and demonstrators who will share their sustainable product and services in the following areas:  

  • Organic Beauty Products 
  • Recycled and thrifted Home Décor 
  • Slow Food- Local farm to table initiatives 
  • Environmentally friendly floral arrangements 
  • Organic, Clean Burning Soy Candles 
  • Environmentally friendly lighting options 
  • Environmentally Conscious Art 
  • Green Jewelry 
  • Organic Hospitality (Table Settings and Cocktails) 

"I make “slow” clothes. Slow clothes take time and they take love, love for the materials and for the process of making by hand. Charlotte Kwon, Director of Maiwa Foundation in Vancouver wrote, “slow clothes are made with an eye to the impact of human clothing production rather than the need to accelerate production to meet a fashion trend.” Every garment I make is a three-dimensional collage worn on a human body that moves in space. Each piece of wearable art by Left Hand Print Studio Clothesline is one-of-a-kind and is meant to be worn for life." ~Wendy Osterweil

"I am a New York based eco friendly fashion designer with a passion for textile development and exploring eco dyeing.​

My Mission going forward is to create clothing that makes people feel beautiful while keeping our planet beautiful. My Spring/ Summer 2018 collection is all naturally dyed and created with natural fibers. This way you can do good while feeling good." ~ Brittney Jeanne Ciardi


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