What a busy year – it’s taken 6 months for me to write about this amazing event! Those in the know, as well as 70,000 others, joined me for a 24-hour, one-of-a-kind recycled fashion workshop, “Sustainable Style: Reduce, Reuse, Restyle,” with runway show finale, in honor of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ new wing opening, the Nature Research Center, in Raleigh, NC on Friday, April 20 through Saturday, April 21.
redo reuse gave hands-on demonstration on how to create sustainable fashion, teaching participants how to convert an old T-shirt into a new garment. The upcycled designs were presented on the runway and can be seen below! Betsey Johnson, NCSU College of Design’s Art 2 Wear, redo reuse, and N.C. Museum community members generously donated all materials for the project. All Nature Research Center opening events and the redo reuse fashion workshop were FREE to the public.
The Nature Research Center (NRC) is the 80,000-square-foot new wing of the Museum of Natural Sciences that focuses on the latest in current science research that affects our daily lives – from DNA to distant space. It provides unique opportunities for students, teachers, and the general public to see firsthand how scientific and environmental research is conducted and to become active participants in the research process. This engaging education and awareness model is called “Citizen Science.”
While raising the public’s scientific understanding and appreciation, the NRC also serves as a resource to scientists throughout North Carolina and beyond who wish to use the facility’s state-of-the art laboratories to further their multidisciplinary research while communicating their research findings to their colleagues and to public audiences, even if they are half-way around the world. The iconic SECU Daily Planet, an immersive, three-story multi-media space, allows scientists and the public to share presentations and have conversations in real time.
Located in close proximity to the State Capitol and Legislative buildings, the current Museum is the most visited museum in the state, drawing 700,000 visitors annually. The Nature Research Center is expected to draw another 200,000 visitors in its first year and will connect to the current Museum through an exhibit bridge. It will serve as an anchor in the Green Square project. Green Square (a public-private partnership) will revitalize the block just west of the Museum, providing office space for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a State Employees’ Credit Union financial center, retail space, parking and the NRC.
“The idea of fashion at the grand opening, in particular highlighting sustainable fashion and the science of fashion through redo reuse, had a great deal of energy around it and seemed a natural fit. Historically, the Museum has had a sustainable fashion feature as part of the Planet Earth Celebration, held during Earth Day. The NRC opening on Earth Day weekend demonstrated its commitment to incorporating Planet Earth into the opening programming.”
To learn more, visit: www.naturesearch.org