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Philadelphia design fair has a social conscience

on Friday,October 09,2009 17:10

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The fifth annual Design Philadelphia festival sets its sights on global concerns, with a weeklong series of art exhibits, workshops, lectures, film screenings, fashion shows and studio tours focused on social responsibility, urban development and environmental stability.

The city-wide festival consists of 125 separate events showcasing over 500 designers representing many disciplines of composition from architecture and industrial to fashion and graphic design across the city''s legion of boutiques, galleries and cultural institutions.

One event highlighting the event is the Socially Responsible Fashion show which presents eco-couture clothing made from recycled and repurposed materials including a trash bag ball gown that turned heads during last year''s festival.

"The great thing about Design Philadelphia," blogs Gary Steuer, the Chief Cultural Officer for Philadelphia, "is that it… engages nonprofit arts organizations, for profit design firms, individual artists - and the entire city of Philadelphia - in an exploration of everything design."

Design Philadelphia runs through Tuesday, October 13 and ends with "Ignite Philly," a collection of 17 designers discussing sustainability issues for five minutes in a rapid succession.

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