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

In 2015, we celebrate 10 years of creative action. We celebrate the 168 students and teachers - from middle school to graduate school - that we nurture and inspire through our education programs. We celebrate the 268 fashion, accessory and textiles designers and artists that have shared their vision and dedication to sustainability, as well as the 345 models, photographers, hair and make-up artists who have donated their time and talent through our 24 catwalks and 112 photo shoots in Bogotá, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Paris, San Juan, San Francisco, St. Louis, and of course Washington, D.C. We celebrate the 94 companies and organizations who have sponsored and supported our work. We celebrate 10 years of being the first and most prominent all-volunteer driven non-profit organization that raises awareness for initiatives that encourage and support creative, effective, and sustainable means of challenging poverty.

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10th Anniversary Dress Responsibly Gala

Gala Details:

Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Location: French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $150 seated (includes gift bag); $100 standing (no gift bag).
Event Page:

***A portion of the proceeds from the gala will go toward our new FFP collaboration with Shalom and "Ensemble Pour la Difference". ***

*** Notes: (1) Attire: Fashionably Chic. (2) Embassy requires ID for admission to the event. (3) All guests names in registration must be the same as the name on ID. (4) Must be 21+ for bar service. (5) Only seated ticket holder are guaranteed a gift bag. ***

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Fashion Fights Poverty will present the 2015 AVANT-GARDE INSPIRATION AWARD to Mr. James Cornwell, celebrity makeup artist, hair stylist and entrepreneur. Cornwell will be honored for his dedication and immeasurable support of Fashion Fights Poverty since its inception.

2015 STYLETO AWARD (Style in Action)

Fashion Fights Poverty will also present its 2015 STYLETO AWARD (Style in Action), to television journalist, producer, beauty & lifestyle expert Mr. Paul Wharton. Wharton, a pop culture enthusiast will be honored for his exemplary leadership and selfless acts of time and dedication to the community.

Celebrity Guest Host, Will Thomas:

Will Thomas is an evening anchor on FOX 5 News. Originally from California, Will moved to D.C. thinking it would be a stopover in his career, but he fell in love with the region and the people. He's been awarded with multiple Emmys but it's your loyalty that matters to Will the most. After all, we've been through a lot together over these years and he's been honored to cover many of the biggest stories in the Washington region and beyond for more than a decade.

Production Team, Capital Image:

Capital Image Styling

DJ, Aphrosoul Lukumi:

Aphrosoul Lukumi

NAZ&COURT TabiiJust Ayvazyan & de Beauvoir

Barefoot Wine Honest Tea Veraillles Vodka
Cibu Vitabath Saks Fifth Avenue
United Nations Association of the National Capital Area

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2015 Dress Responsibly Eco-Ethical Forum

Fashion Fights Poverty and Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture will host the 2015 Dress Responsibly panel discussion to be held on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at the Thos. Moser showroom (1028 33rd St NW Washington, DC 20007).

The event will cover eco and ethical topics faced by the fashion industry at all levels (consumer, worker, manufacturing, etc.). Topics will include sustainability, social responsibility, micro-finance, worker's issues, and the international commercial fashion industry.

Panel Details:

Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Time: 5pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Thos. Moser Showroom, 1028 33rd St NW Washington, DC 20007

Networking reception will following the panel.

  • Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies
Confirmed Panelists:
  • Melanie Kapinos, Manager of Volunteer Programs at Ten ThousandVillages Alexandria
  • Heidi Rauch, Designer, Belabumbum
  • Soledad Requejo, Operations Officer, Better Work
  • Other panelists TBD.

Click here to RSVP!

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Special Screening of "The True Cost" in Arlington, VA

*** Click on here to see the trailer. ***

Date: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Time: 6:30PM to 9:30PM
Location: Theater on the Run 3700 S Four Mile Run Dr Arlington, VA
Tickets: $15 in advance ($20 at the door, if available)
6:30PM - 7:00PM: Arrival, networking, seating.
7:00PM - 7:15PM: Introduction by Bianca Alexander of Conscious Living TV and Fashion Revolution USA.
7:15PM - 8:50PM: The True Cost Film Screening (94 minutes)
8:50PM - 9:30PM: Film concludes, Networking.

Go to for advance tickets and additional details.

About "The True Cost" Movie: 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. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world's leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

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July 2015 Dress Responsibly Dinner Chat


  • Date: Monday, July 20, 2015
  • Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM (6:30PM - 7:30PM: Cocktail hour; 7:30PM: Dinner start & Q & A Discussion led by Alex and Ani Georgetown)
  • Location: Rural Society Restaurant @ Loews Madison Hotel
    1177 15th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20005
  • 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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June 2015 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

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.



Event Recap

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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:

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:
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.