The New Fashion Initiative regularly invites a leading voice in the sustainable and ethical fashion revolution to answer 17 questions about themselves, both personal and professional. It’s our green and socially conscious spin on Vanity Fair‘s beloved Proust Questionnaire. This month, our interviewee is the pioneering force in sustainable fashion, Bridgett Artise. Bridgett Artise has appeared on TV shows like Jerseylicious, Mirror Mirror and has over 20 how to videos on Ehow.com. B. Artise teaches two self created vintage classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and her book “Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent and Recycle Your Wardrobe” (Crown Publishing) has been reviewed in over 50 different publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. The New York Times brands her as a “Vintage Expert”. She has recently opened a brick and mortar called House of BAV, that houses all things Sustainable and supports emerging Sustainable designers/artists/creatives. More excitedly, Bridgett is working on a platform to grow student designers looking to get into Sustainable Fashion.Go to www.born-againvintage.com or houseofbav.com or sustainablefashionweek.us for more info.
What is your favorite article of clothing?
I have a couple of favorites, my top 3 would be 1960s Bill Blass coat and skirt set and my hot pink Pucci bolero. They are classics that I can’t wear anywhere without loads of compliments! Something you can count in amazing vintage!
What is the most wonderful thing about the fashion industry right now?
Growth! Having been on this sustainable road as long as I have I get to witness the ebb and flow of the sustainable movement. I went from the majority of my FIT Clothing Reconstruction class filled with students who were curious to 80% taking the class to pursue sustainable fashion design. That’s growth!
What do you think is the most shocking thing about fashion today?
I’m still pretty astonished that consumers still know very little about Sustainable Fashion. Most people have heard the word now but few know what it means. I think it’s quite bizarre that there aren’t any mainstream coverage about the statistics of textile waste.
I’m still pretty astonished that consumers still know very little about Sustainable Fashion. Most people have heard the word now but few know what it means.Bridgett artise
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
There are my favorites because of aesthetics and then favorites because of amazing vintage finds, so I’ll give one for each. Visually I would say Haiti, you would expect something different from what has happened there but it was such a breathtaking place to visit. Vancouver though it was grey the whole time I was there, I found some pretty unforgettable pieces there.
What is your favorite indulgence?
I’m actually trying to do better with candy so it would probably be coffee. I can’t imagine a world without it. Turkish with Cardamon is my absolute favorite.
What makes you happiest?
Seeing the results of my time, energy, patience, creativity and determination culminate into something real. Or when someone tells me how I’ve inspired them without me knowing I did anything.
What environmental or social problem are we overlooking? That slow fashion and fast fashion cannot coexist if we really want to make a viable change in fashion.
Are you more introverted or extroverted?
I’m pretty different as a business person, I would say I’m more extroverted when conducting business but definitely an introvert anytime else.
What do you do first in the morning?
I love mornings, I see them as a clean slate or a new day to tackle so I mediate, drink coffee and post before anything else.
What was the happiest moment of this past year?
I opened a store called House of BAV and got married within 6 months of one another so the store was a very happy moment however, getting married tops it!
The best professional moment of your life thus far?
That is another hard one to condense to one, but I would say not only creating one of the first sustainable classes at my Alma Mater but now having one of my classes as a requirement to get a Sustainable Design Certifiable from FIT.
What was the last outfit you wore that made you feel amazing?
The fully gold beaded, floor length Versace dress I wore to my wedding 2 weeks ago!
As a self proclaimed movie buff that is impossible to answer but movies I can watch over and over are: Pride and Prejudice, UP, The Wiz and Lord of the Rings. Don’t judge lol.
How do you recharge?
Isolation/Detachment, I’m a big believer in recharging, it is a must for me. I think having alone time to self reflect and just breathe is crucial to keep you going in this thing called life.
What three words describe you best?
Funny, Calm and Creative
What makes you laugh the hardest?
My new hubby without even trying.
Four Agreements, learning not to take things personally changed me for the better in many ways.