The True Cost Documentary Screening and Panel on Sustaina...

Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH)
Cambridge 02138
November 20.
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True Cost Documentary


True Cost Documentary



The Harvard Extension Environmental Club invites you to a special screening of "The True Cost" documentary followed by an expert panel on sustainable fashion, on Friday, November 20th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Harvard College Student Organization Center at Hilles (59 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA), Community Hall 105. Discover the true social and environmental costs of the fast fashion industry and hear from industry experts and academics who will share their insights on the challenges and opportunities of making fashion truly sustainable. Light refreshments will be served. Reserve your FREE ticket online at

*** The Documentary Screening Starts at 6 Sharp. ***

Event Schedule:
6:00pm-7:30pm The True Cost Documentary Screening
7:30pm-7:45pm Break
7:45pm-8:45pm Panelists + Q&A
8:45pm-9:00pm Wrap Up

Featuring panelists:

Sara Ziff is the Founder and Executive Director of the Model Alliance (MA), a nonprofit labor group for models working in the American fashion industry. She has worked as a model for numerous magazines and brands, including Calvin Klein, Chanel, GAP and Tommy Hilfiger. In 2009, she produced the award-winning feature documentary, Picture Me, which chronicles her and other models’ experiences in their industry. In 2013, Ziff spearheaded and oversaw efforts to extend labor protections to child fashion models in the State of New York. She has also collaborated with international labor rights groups to raise awareness for labor rights issues in Bangladesh's garment industry, and she is producing a film, Tangled Thread, on this subject. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and she is a M.C. M.P.A. candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Catherine Benoit Norris has over 10 years of experience in sustainability research and global compliance conducting work at the intersection of environmental management; life cycle assessment; social sciences and business administration. She directed and coordinated research for leading sustainability centers (CIRAIG, The Sustainability Consortium). She assesses supply chain social impacts, conducts human rights due diligence and advises strategic management and engagement with global corporations in several sectors including footwear and apparel, retail, consumer products, mining and metals and agriculture. Catherine has years of expertise in international sustainability initiatives involving external stakeholders. She is an expert of the Global Social Compliance Programme "Equivalence Assessment process", a member of the Sustainability Purchasing Leadership Council strategic advisory committee, a member of the technical review committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Rating, a member of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops expert panel and an advisor to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.Catherine teaches about social responsibility in product supply chains at Harvard Extension school. She is the lead editor of the Guidelines for S-LCA that were published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Life Cycle Initiative in May 2009. She co-created the first database for Social LCA, the Social Hotspots Database used by 200 organizations including Google, Volkswagen, BASF and BMW.

Bonnie is CEO/Founder/Designer, Jonano, A Division of Sami Designs, and Founder/Editorof ecoCouture Magazine. Her background in visual arts provides the basis for her vision and practice as an emerging fashion designer. Skilled in all elements of fashion, Ms. Siefers is an award winning designer invested in the creation of eco fashion and trademarked eco fabrics. The Scandinavian/American fashion brand Jonäno was founded in 2006 by Ms. Siefers. Jonäno is an eco fashion house that developed the concept of ‘organic essentialism’ that underpins the collection; an advocate of slow fashion, Jonäno believes that style and quality are essential to sustainable design. The company’s mission is to create cohesive collections that attract both those devoted to style and fashion, as well as the environmentally conscious consumers. The company’s philosophy is shaped by the designer’s passion for the environmental movement, sociology, and world affairs. Since 2006, Bonnie Siefers has been committed to the eco fashion movement, never compromising on quality of design nor quality of fabrics in her garments, she coined the phrase “ecoCouture.” Through experimental combination of print, texture, and silhouette, Ms Siefers creates collections that are feminine, sophisticated, and edgy. Her work appeals to young professional women who find luxury in fine details and quality.Originally from the American North East, Ms. Siefers studied in Stockholm and Paris, lending to her unique European/American design aesthetic. She currently works in Istanbul and Pittsburgh where she resides. She founded and is editor and chief of EcoCouture Magazine and acts as a spokesperson, public speaking about sustainable textiles and eco fashion at expositions and conferences.


Kathryn Hilderbrand

Kathryn Hilderbrand is a master tailor, designer and business entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working in the fashion industry. Owner of an upscale tailoring shop, Stitched., on Cape Cod and Founder/Designer of label,GreenLinebyK, Hilderbrand founded Good Clothing Company in 2015 to create small runs of production for designers. As a fashion activist, she has served on the Brands Team with Fashion Revolution Day USA and is passionate about bringing clothing manufacturing back to the United States.

Presented by the Harvard Extension Environmental Club.
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Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH)
Cambridge 02138, 59 Shepard St


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