Quinnipiac University

Fashion and Sustainability Expert to Lecture

Timo Rissanen, associate dean and assistant professor of fashion and sustainability at the Parsons School of Design, will present the lecture, “Fashion Systems and Micro-Utopias,” at noon on Friday, April 20, in the piazza at the Carl Hansen Student Center at Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave. The lecture will be followed by the annual eco-fashion show, where students will model outfits made from day-to-day household items. This event is free and open to the public.

Rissanen will discuss his current research and teaching in sustainability, focusing on design for micro-utopias in a fashion-systems context. 

Born in Finland and trained as a fashion designer at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in Australia, Rissanen completed a practice-based doctorate on zero-waste fashion design at UTS in 2013. As an artist, he has focused on the inhumanity of labor, politics and love through installation, performance and cross-stitched poetry. He has co-authored two books on fashion and sustainability, Shaping Sustainable Fashion in 2011 and Zero Waste Fashion Design”in 2016.

At 12:30 p.m., the students, who are part of an eco-fashion class, will model their eco fashions. During the class, they have learned about creating zero-waste fashion using a host of household materials, including newspapers, magazines, shopping bags and cash register receipts. Students were taught how to sew and connect the materials to create the outfits they will model.


For more information, please call 203-582-8737.

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 12:00pm

Carl Hansen Student Center, Piazza
275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518

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Mount Carmel Campus


College of Arts and Sciences


Students, Undergraduate, Graduate, Faculty and Staff, Parents and Friends, General Public

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