Alabama Chanin: 21 Years of Sustainability

Alabama Chanin - Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion, 2009

Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion, 2009

Alabama Chanin shows garments from their 2008 and 2009 collections in the Pratt Institute’s Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion exhibition. Curated by Francesca Granata and Sarah Scaturro, the exhibition examines the relationship between fashion and sustainability, serving as a call-to-action. Alabama Chanin is featured alongside innovative designers and artists including Bodkin, Susan Cianciolo, Kelly Cobb, Loomstate, Suno, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Sans, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Uluru, Andrea Zittel, and Tiprin Follett. In the exhibition catalogue’s forward, Julie Gilhart of Barneys New York writes:  “Ethics + Aesthetics effectively broadens the reach of sustainable fashion, showing the visitor that...

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Alabama Chanin - Council of Fashion Designers of America, 2006

Council of Fashion Designers of America, 2006

Natalie is inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a prestigious not-for-profit organization that celebrates rising and heritage American designers.

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Alabama Chanin - National Design Awards, 2005

National Design Awards, 2005

Along with Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Maria Cornejo, Natalie is named a finalist in the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Awards. 

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Alabama Chanin - Women's Wear Daily, 2005

Women's Wear Daily, 2005

The collection debuted at New York Fashion Week and is featured on the cover of WWD Magazine’s September 12, 2005 issue, which includes a recap of collections shown for the upcoming season.

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Alabama Chanin - Bryant Park and UPS 10 to Watch Prize, 2005

Bryant Park and UPS 10 to Watch Prize, 2005

Through her Project Alabama designs, Natalie is selected as an emerging designer to watch by UPS (United Parcel Service), in collaboration with 7th on Sixth. Ten fashion designers, selected from a field of 300, show in Bryant Park during Olympus Fashion Week.

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Alabama Chanin - Rob Ryan Collaboration, 2004

Rob Ryan Collaboration, 2004

Natalie collaborates with British visual artist Rob Ryan on a series of intricate stencil designs. Inspired by Ryan’s style of elaborate drawings and paper cuttings, the collection is interwoven with embroidered versions of Ryan’s playful work.

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Alabama Chanin - Eva Whitechapel Collaboration, 2004

Eva Whitechapel Collaboration, 2004

In the early 1990s, Natalie meets Eva Whitechapel in Vienna, Austria. Between 2003 and 2005, Whitechapel contributes textile and garment designs to Project Alabama.

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Alabama Chanin - Alabama Chanin Founded, 2006

Alabama Chanin Founded, 2006

Alabama Chanin is officially founded on September 22, 2006. Five years after Natalie’s first Project Alabama collection, the organization begins a new chapter with two employees and twenty-two sewers, many of whom had been a part of the project since its inception.

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Alabama Chanin - CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, 2005

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, 2005

Named one of ten finalists for the 2nd annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Project Alabama competes alongside Anthony Nak, Atelier, Costello Tagliapietra, Derek Lam, Isabel Toledo, Lutz & Patmos, Mayle, Thom Browne, and Trovata for the final prize.

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Alabama Chanin - Maria Cornejo, 2005

Maria Cornejo, 2005

Maria Cornejo and Natalie meet in 2005 during the Cooper Hewitt National Design awards and remain lifelong friends.

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