IADT-Las Vegas Fashion Design Students Create Recycled and Sustainable Fashions for Eco Fashion Show

March 19, 2013

Ten students from the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) Las Vegas, a college offering associate's and bachelor's degrees in a variety of design and technology disciplines, are designing and creating garments for the Eco Fashion Show at Springs Preserve on March 20.

The students join well-known local professional designers Elizabeth Calderon, Jennifer Henry, Reyna Herrera and Dayna Rueda to showcase their creations on the runway. IADT is the only school participating in the event, presented by the Springs Preserve Foundation in partnership with Fashion for a Cause, a local non-profit organization that unites fashionistas and the design community to raise awareness and funds to support Nevada’s many community causes. Funds raised from this event will benefit the Springs Preserve Foundation.

The Eco Fashion Show features looks that are sustainable in design and made with recycled, reused or sustainable raw materials. More than 25 looks will walk down the runway in the first show of its kind in Las Vegas. According to IADT fashion design instructor Issy Graham, the students are using a variety of raw and recycled silks, organic cotton, burlap, natural hemp roping and other materials to create sustainable fashions. Their designs include dresses, separates, and modern sportswear.

“This is a great opportunity for students to design contemporary fashions using only raw and recycled materials,” said Dennis Wright, campus department chair of design at IADT.  “It stretches their creativity and thinking beyond the more traditional materials typically used in fashion design,” he said. “As the world becomes increasingly mindful of sustainability, the demand for sustainable fashion will continue to grow.”

For tickets and information about the Eco Fashion Show, call 702.822.8630, or visit www.springspreserve.org and click on Runway Fashion Show on home page. Tickets are $100 and include pre-fashion show cocktail reception.

About the International Academy of Design & Technology Las Vegas:
With more than 30 years as an established institution, the International Academy of Design and Technology offers students a hands-on education with experienced faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the design and technology fields. The Las Vegas campus (IADT-Las Vegas), which opened in 2003, offers degree programs in audio production, cinema production, fashion design, graphic design, retail merchandise management and game production.  Students also have the opportunity to take a portion of their coursework online through IADT-Online. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. IADT-Las Vegas cannot guarantee employment or salary and is part of Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information, visit www.iadt.edu/Las-Vegas or call (866)400-4238.

About the Springs Preserve Foundation:
The Springs Preserve, a world-class attraction located in the heart of Las Vegas, provides visitors an experience that builds culture and community while inspiring environmental stewardship and celebrating Southern Nevada’s rich history. The campus features LEED-certified Gold and Platinum buildings, a nod to its smart designs and sustainable message. Established in 1997, the Springs Preserve Foundation helped develop and finalize the designs and overall concepts for the Springs Preserve. Since the facility’s opening in 2007, the Foundation raises money to support programming activities and offset capital debt. Led by President Jenna Morton, the Foundation is guided by a board comprised of business and community leaders.