Suzy Amis Cameron won’t be able to attend Fashion 4 Development’s founder and president Evie Evangelou immersive rooftop garden party at the United Nations. Organized with the United Nations Global Compact, the event is designed to help attendees learn how they can live a sustainable lifestyle.
Vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli, the force behind New York’s by Chloe restaurant will be serving plant-based creations, to try to encourage Sustainable Food. Canopy’s founder and executive director Nicole Rycroft will be doing her part to talk up Sustainable Design & Fashion. Her CanopyStyle campaign is being introduced to try to reduce the fashion industry’s detrimental effects on the world. Representatives from Stella McCartney and Eileen Fisher, two environmentally conscious labels will be addressing the upsides of sustainability. Students from The New School’s Parsons School of Design will also be talking about the issue with examples of their designs. They will be joined by students, who participated in the Copenhagen Fashion Summit.
In an interview Tuesday, Cameron said she first connected with Evangelou through another one of her initiatives Red Carpet Green Dress. Although Cameron plans to be on the West Coast Wednesday, she is working on developing her own collection of stylish eco-friendly clothing that can be worn every day. “I had no idea just how bad the problem of fast fashion was devastating our environment,” she said.
In her modeling days, Cameron worked a good deal with Patrick DeMarchelier and Peter Lindbergh. Eileen Ford put that career in motion, by taking her at the age of 17 on the “Merv Griffin Show” to present her as “The Face of The Eighties.” After earning her pilot’s license at the age of 15, Cameron’s original plan was to become an equine veterinarian who flew herself to Texas, Oklahoma and other states to take care of horses. A stint in an old-school “funny little modeling school” that taught students like herself and an older sister how to walk with a book on your head lead to the meeting with Ford and a few years in Paris, she said.
Her interest in fashion and sustainability will be coupled with the hemp production that James Cameron has on farms in New Zealand and Saskatchewan. “People mostly think about hemp as this hippie stuff that is kind of like granola wear. You can get some amazing fabric that feels like a raw silk.” she said. “You can get an incredible sustainable fiber in three months and you don’t have to spray it with insecticides.”
“And the seed is a food source. Some people use it for medicinal purposes. I mean industrial hemp, not the cannabis kind.”
In addition to the clothing line and hemp production, the Camerons have lined up investors to take their 10-year-old MUSE school concept internationally. It is the world’s only school that offers students a plant-based diet, which Cameron and her husband adopted four years ago.
With her husband having announced recently that there will be four more “Avatar” films, she said she has read the second and third ones. “It’s going to blow everybody’s mind. They’re extraordinary. Bring tissue,” she said.
But her insights stopped there. “That’s the thing about being James Cameron’s wife. I get to hear everything and I get to see everything, but I can’t say anything,” Cameron said.