Students will meet online Monday, Wednesday and Friday July 27, 29 and 31, 4-5:30pm via Zoom.

$100, $80 mbrs.

Limit 25 students.

(Students will meet online July 27, July 29, July 31, 4-5:30pm)

(If you require financial assistance, we may be able to help)

Upon signing up for this class, you will automatically receive a welcome letter from the teacher + instructions on getting started. Please check your inbox and your spam folder. If you don’t receive the welcome letter, please email

Feeling overwhelmed by how much stuff you have? Confused about how to recycle your old clothing or where best to donate it that won’t make the problem worse? What is the Fashion System anyway, and how do you get out of it? Do you love clothes but want to figure out how to be a better consumer while enjoying fashion? How can you do laundry to have less of an environmental impact? What are all of those acronyms like “GOTS” and “FSC”, and how do you begin to understand international certifications and ethical standards?

If any of these feelings or questions have emerged in your life, and you want to figure out ways to be a better consumer and more conscious about the clothing you use, Professor Andrea Varga will provide an overview of the Global Fashion Industry, its impact on our environment, social and economic systems, and how you can make choices that will make a difference in improving the world and still allow you to enjoy getting dressed.

Andrea Varga is an Associate Professor of Theatre Design at SUNY New Paltz. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from Florida State University and has worked as a designer and assistant designer on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television and academia for many years. Some of her favorite collaborations have been with The Mint Theatre (Off-Broadway, NYC) and include her Drama Desk nominated design for The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly, and most recently The Mountains Look Different by Michael MacLiammoire in 2019. In 2018 and 2019 she collaborated with The Studios of Key West and The Tenessee Williams Museum/Key West Art and Historical Society on the productions of Underwater and Life Story directed by Stephen Kitsakos. As an educator and artist Professor Varga works to incorporate sustainability education and practice into her craft, courses, lectures and leadership on campus and in her community. Her work is informed by years of doing laundry for theatre, working with and in the fashion industry, and growing up in a conservation-minded and activist household. She firmly believes that change can be made by individuals, and that optimism is the way forward.

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