Countless designers work their entire lives to earn red-carpet praise. But MSU apparel and textile design senior Jillian Granz, 21, has accomplished that feat, thanks to her talent for combining sustainability and style.
The 2010 Oscars’ red carpet will serve as a runway for this young designer’s first sustainable dress when Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of “Avatar” producer and director James Cameron, wears it to the Academy Awards on March 7.
Jillian’s journey began this fall in a classroom, where she and her classmates participated in Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet, Green Dress competition as a creative way to study sustainable design. Fast forward: Granz is the winner of Amis Cameron’s first worldwide sustainable design competition.
Now, Granz is in Los Angeles, where she will witness the unveiling of her dress, made by Academy Award designer Deb Scott, at a March 3 pre-Oscar party hosted by James and Suzy Amis Cameron.
March 2, 2010
... Today i went on a tour of Muse Elementary and that was really great. I had such an awesome time and learned so much about the campus. The school is located in such a beautiful area and i wish that i could go to school and see that everyday! I really think that it is important to mention how amazing the kids at this school really are. They are so smart for their ages and i just can not believe how they are so cultural...
After going to the school i realized how important this competition actually was. I did understand how important it was to raise money for these kids to go there but, now that i have seen the school and have seen what they do there and how inspiring it is i am even happier to be a part of it. I just can't believe all of the care and thought and love that has gone into creating this special place for these kids. More>>
(Jim is traveling with Jillian covering the story for MSUToday)
March 3, 2010
“Do you like riding around in a Town Car?”
“Definitely. I like it. I don’t mind being driven around.” Jillian laughs as the black car weaves through the traffic on Pacific Coast Highway toward Topanga Canyon.
We are headed to MUSE Elementary School. It’s a private school started by Suzy Amis Cameron and her sister Rebecca Amis. ((http://museelementary.org)) We wind through the rugged hills and finally come upon the school, nestled back in the sage and eucalyptus trees that fill this canyon.
I grew up out here and spent a lot of time back in these hills when I was growing up. It’s been fun to see Jillian see these places for the first time. More>>
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