The Institute’s newest exhibit, BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile, explores the 150-year history of the synthetic dyes that color our clothes and make our style stand out. But what does the future look like for sustainable fashion? And how can circular design—durable, reusable, and recyclable fashion—help combat “fast fashion” pollution and transform the relationships between us, our clothes, and our environment?

Join experts from Philadelphia’s leading fashion sustainability initiatives for an engaging panel talk on the future of circular design!


Rachel Higgins
Cofounder, PA Fibershed

Confirmed Speakers

Jo Corvus
Service Coordinator, FABSCRAP Inc.

Lisa Hayes
Associate Professor of Fashion Design, Drexel University
Former Head Designer, Liz Claiborne

Samantha Wittchen
Director of Programs and Operations, Circular Philadelphia


  • 6pm–7pm | Lecture
  • 7pm-8pm | Reception

This event is copresented with the Fashion Design Program of Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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About Science and Society

Our Science and Society speaker series explores the history of science embedded in our everyday lives. We invite scientists, historians, policymakers, and educators for engaging, in-depth conversations that expand our perspectives. Program formats include lectures, interviews, roundtables, and book launches. Science and Society events are curated for an adult audience, fostering curiosity, conversation, and interactivity. Each evening concludes with a free reception with the speakers.

Featured image: 1960s color print magazine advertisement for DuPont dyed nylon stockings.

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