2015: Celebrating Ten Years of Eco-Ethical Design and Social Awareness

Amazing how time flies. Ten years have past since Fashion Fights Poverty was an idea for a gala as part of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. Now fast forward to see Fashion Fights Poverty as an education and advocacy organization promoting eco-sustainable and ethical fashion through programs, workshops and activities. FFP's mission is to encourage conversation on social responsibility, ethical business in the fashion industry, use of sustainable fibers and textiles and use of creativity in the alleviating poverty.

dress responsibly dinner chat

Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Dinner Chat is a monthly networking dinner event to promote discussion and create awareness about fair trade, fair wage, social responsibility, eco and ethical fashion business practices over a casual meal.

Each month, we host dinner events at select posh restaurants throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area and include special guest speakers from the fashion industry and non-profit sectors.

Our dinner event series serves as a leading resource of information for local consumers looking to become more socially aware and social responsible.

What your will learn at each dinner event

  • How to identify eco-sustainable or ethical fabrics, brands, retailers
  • Demonstration of social responsible practices
  • How to establish socially responsible businesses
  • Get to know local eco-ethical industry leaders

FFP Dress Responsibly Dinner Chat offers a unique opportunity to take action and become more socially aware of how you purchase. We are focused on developing relationships, educating and collaborating.
Join us for an education and fun dinner chat with new friends, and participate in panel style Q & A discussion.



  • Date: June 29, 2015
  • Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM (6:30PM - 7:30PM: Cocktail hour; 7:30PM: Dinner start & Q & A Discussion led by Stephanie Hossfeld, Director of Outreach at Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria)
  • Location: Café Deluxe
    West End
    2201 M St, NW
    Washington, DC 20037
  • Cost: The event is free. There is no cost to attend this event, but you are responsible for the cost of your own meal and drink(s).
    Click here to register.

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Fashion Fights Poverty Summer Fashion Camp

Monday, July 27, 2015 to Friday, July 31, 2015 10AM to 4PM Daily

Arlington Costume Lab
(inside Gunston Middle School/Community Center)
2700 S Lang St, Arlington, VA 22206
Fashion Boot Camp Showcase: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:30pm.

A program that started as a collaboration with Arlington County, the Fashion Fights Poverty Fashion Summer Fashion Camp provides a 5 day fashion program that is centered on the eco-ethical principle to middle school to high school level students who are interested in the fashion industry.
Students will engage in creative activities to boost their self esteem and introduce them to fashion related areas such as styling, design, photography, among others. Professionals currently working in the fashion industry, and who are part of the Fashion Fights Poverty Volunteer Network, will teach the classes.
There are two areas of focus for our camp participants:

  • Provide the initial spark of creativity and enhance their skill set as they decide whether to pursue a career in the fashion industry.
  • Engage participants and help them gain awareness and knowledge to incorporate socially responsible practices into their daily routine.
Each session (10am to 4pm) will provide a variety of opportunities for the participants in the camp to to be energized and creative through active play, hands on projects, guest speakers, on-site mentoring, social responsibility workshops, among other workshops and activities.
Examples of the sessions to be offered will include:
  • Behind the scenes. "Day in the life" peeks at fashion careers.
  • How to be a budget fashionista.
  • Sustainable design. Fashion for the future.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose. How old garments can become new again through upcycling.
  • Self-esteem and public speaking.
  • Sewing without a machine.
  • How to take perfect pictures with a cell phone or disposable camera.
  • Expressions through art. Freestyle art sessions and projects.
The camp concludes with project presentations showing all participant's progress. This is an opportunity for friends, family and the community to celebrate with the students.
Click here to start registration process.

For additional registration information, send an email to

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Fashion Fights Poverty Summer Studio at Project Create

Where: Project Create Studio
2028 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE- 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20020
When: Monday August 3rd - Friday August 7th, 12pm - 4pm

Click here to register.

Contact Yvette Castro or Aidah Fontenot for additional information.