College of Textiles graduate student Caitlin McCall wants to hold fashion more accountable to the environment, so she is leading by example. She recently showed several pieces from an ethereal collection of garments designed from recyclable nonwoven materials, and she has been invited to send her designs to the sustainability-themed Planet Runway show at Johns Hopkins University on March 3.
When McCall was in her late teens, a fast fashion clothing chain opened at the local mall. Initially enthralled with the tightly packed racks of trendy clothing, she began to suspect that the inexpensive garments she was buying were costly to the environment.
“I started researching and realized that…the materials just last in the landfill — forever,” she said. “My interest in fashion evolved from wanting to push back at that and change how we dress fashionably and consume things.”
The Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM) master’s candidate earned her B.S. in Fashion Design from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati in 2015. While there, she interned with designer Azhand Shokohi and Crystal B. Designs, and traveled to a city near Shanghai for an internship with fashion label Elegant Prosper.
Originally published February 19, 2018.