Lowell Lecture

Sustainable Fashion

Date & Time

April 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St. Salem , MA 01970
Driving Directions


Petra Slinkard, PEM’s Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles Kate Black, expert in ethical fashion and sustainable living, founder of EcoSessions® and author

Presenting Organization

Peabody Essex Museum


Adult Education Courses


Jennifer Evans (jennifer_evans@pem.org, 978-542-1528)

Join us and explore ways to combine your love of the planet with your love of fashion. Our experts share guidance on how to become an environmentally, socially and ethically conscious consumer.

PRESENTATION Going Sustainable from Head-to Toe with Kate Black 12:30-1:30 pm | Morse Auditorium Reservations at pem.org/sustainablefashion Meet Kate Black, the author of Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Nontoxic Beauty, as she shares ways to go sustainable with your clothing, footwear, makeup, hair products and more. Join us and get answers to your questions on going green with your wardrobe. Book signing and reception follows event.

FILM and DISCUSSION "The True Cost" (92 minutes, 2015) directed by Andrew Morgan) 2:30-4:30 pm, Morse Auditorium Reservations at pem.org/sustainablefashion This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. This groundbreaking documentary pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Petra Slinkard, PEM’s Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles, introduces the film and hosts a discussion and Q&A with ethical fashion expert Kate Black afterward.

VINTAGE AND UPCYCLE MARKET 10 am–5 pm | Atrium Shop our curated selection of vintage and upcycled fashion and accessories from local vendors to find the next treasure for your sustainable, eco-friendly closet. Vendors: Information and application can be found at pem.org/sustainablefashion

RECYCLING DRIVE: TEXTILES 12:30–3 pm | Outside museum entrance SalemRecycles and HELPSY join forces with PEM to offer a textile drive. Help keep your textiles from the waste stream by simply dropping them off in the container outside the museum’s entrance. Textiles can be in any condition, as long as they are clean and dry. In return, receive a free pass to visit PEM and "Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment"

DROP-IN ART MAKING Upcycle Jewelry 1-4 pm | Atrium It happens to all of us: A beloved piece of jewelry breaks or loses its luster but we keep it anyway in hopes that one day we can resurrect it. This is your chance! Bring your tired treasures—vintage earrings, abandoned buttons and other bits and pieces—and transform them into something fresh to wear and enjoy. We provide tools and other components to help realize your vision. Led by jewelry artist Kate Luchini of Digs Enamel.

WORKSHOP Mend and Repair: Sewing 101 3- 4:30 pm: Create Space Space limited; Reservations at pem.org/sustainablefashion Do you have a favorite shirt, a pair of pants or that gorgeous dress you no longer wear, all because of a missing closure, tear or rip, or the length is too long? Bring them and learn to mend a tear or a rip, or hem the garment! Led by designer Zoya Derman of Zoya Designs in Somerville

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment" on view through May 5, 2019. Made possible by the Lowell Institute | All programs included with admission Note: Admission waived for nonmembers who wish to only visit the Vintage and Upcycle Market