Models Workshop

Fashion Models & Creatives: Know Your Rights

The Model Alliance is a proud partner of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs #FacesOfFreelancers campaign. Check out what some of our members had to say about why the new law is important to them.

With the recent passage of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, we want to help you understand your rights and the resources available to you.

NYC models: have questions about your rights at work? Join us and the Mayor’s Office of Labor Policy & Standards #OLPS to learn about fair contracts, timely payment, and the resources available to you.

The Model Alliance is proud to host their next workshop, Workers’ Rights in NYC’s Fashion Industry, presented by the Office of Labor Policy and Standards, a dedicated City resource for workplace questions and complaints on Thursday, June 8th from 7-9PM.

Given the multi-level structure of hiring in the fashion industry, many models, hairdressers, make-up artists, stylists and photographers share similar experiences with respect to financial transparency and accountability, fair contracts, and control over their work. This workshop is open to professional models and creatives working in NYC’s fashion industry. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

If you have specific questions you would like to have addressed, please note them in your email when you RSVP at


Research Award Winner

NYU Tandon Professor Wins H&M Global Change Award for Research into Sustainable Clothing Manufacturing

Proposes Using Solar Energy and Plant Waste, Not Fossil Fuel, to Synthesize Nylon; Circular Production Model Could Create Textiles While Cleaning the Environment Via Carbon Capture.

Currently, many types of fabrics, including nylon, are made in an energy-intensive, unsustainable process that uses fossil fuel. Now, NYU Tandon School of Engineering Assistant Professor Miguel Modestino, of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is proposing a method that eliminates oil from the equation, employing water, plant waste, and solar energy to deliver a material identical to the nylon now widely used in the fashion industry and in other commercial applications.

Modestino and his co-researcher, Sophia Haussener of the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL), have garnered a 2017 Global Change Award of €250,000 ($267,000) from the H&M Foundation, the non-profit arm of the retailing giant. The first such initiative by a major member of the fashion world, the Global Change challenge attracted almost 3,000 applicants this year and aims to support early innovations that can accelerate the shift to a circular and sustainable garment industry, in order to protect the planet. The awards were presented in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 5.

The researchers chose to focus on nylon because of the large market for the popular polymer, which they estimate to be more than 6 million tons per year, with a value of more than $20 billion. Their proposed process uses photovoltaic arrays, which generate electricity directly from the sun, to drive the electrochemical reduction of acrylonitrile (ACN) to adiponitrile (ADN) and hydrogen (H2), which will, in turn, be synthesized into hexanediamine (HDA), one of the existing precursors to nylon.

Because ACN can be derived from plant waste, only sun, water, and carbon dioxide will be required as inputs, and the new process will represent a new scheme for carbon capture, where greenhouse gases will be bound into the fabric, rather than releasing them into the air.

“It is gratifying to contribute toward a zero-emissions world,” Modestino said. “Once this process is tested and scaled up, there is the potential to expand the concept to other segments of the chemical industry, including the synthesis of substances like aluminum and chlorine.”

Miguel Modestino takes an approach that we hope to see in every bit of research done at NYU Tandon: to create technology that can be used for the benefit of humankind,” said Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. “We are proud that the H&M Foundation recognizes the value of his hard work and vision.”

About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country’s largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit

Fashion in Business

New graduate program at Rutgers Business School will merge fashion with business

The Master of Science in Business of Fashion will focus on core business principles, with courses in finance, supply chain management, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Creative people drawn to work in the fashion industry don’t necessarily have business skills, while business professionals interested in fashion industry jobs often know little about the field’s creative side.

The Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick aims to breach that gap with a new Master of Science in Business of Fashion program to create a new breed of industry professionals, says Tavy Ronen, founding director of the program and a Rutgers finance professor.

“In the fashion industry, there seems to be a big disconnect between the business sector and the creative field – there’s a real chasm between the two,” Ronen says. “We decided it would be great to provide a program for creatives who want to learn how to run a business and for business professionals who want to work in the fashion industry.”

The 30-credit program, which can be completed in one year as a full-time program or two years part time, will launch in the fall with 25-30 students in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from the New York City fashion industry.

Unlike other fashion-related business programs that emphasize retail merchandising, the Rutgers program focuses on core business principles with courses including finance, accounting, supply chain management, marketing and entrepreneurship. “What we’ve put together covers all interdisciplinary fields,” Ronen says.

RSVP to attend an Open House on March 5, 2016 to find out more about the new Master of Science in Business of Fashion. Learn more.

Fashion industry executives told a Rutgers Business School task force, set up in 2012 to explore the need for a master’s program, of a demand for graduates who have a better understanding of skills – including retail math, retail production and supply and demand – as they relate to the fashion industry, Ronen says. Research byRutgers reaffirmed that graduates who have an understanding of both the business and creative elements of the industry make for stronger, sought-after job candidates.

The New York fashion industry employs 180,000 people, accounting for 6 percent of the city’s workforce and generating $10.9 billion in total wages, according to the New York Economic Development Corporation. The city is home to about 900 fashion companies, 13,800 fashion establishments and more than 75 fashion trade shows a year.

Phyllis Siegel, Rutgers Business School senior associate dean for graduate programs, says the business school is well-positioned to meet the needs of a growing global $1 trillion industry, regionally and worldwide.

“A number of important factors are aligned to make the timing right for the graduate program: industry growth, market demand, an RBS supply of top talent – program faculty and students – and a university that supports innovation and meeting the needs of our business community,” Siegel says.

Last year, Rutgers Business School introduced an undergraduate Business of Fashion Concentration & Minor. The concentration, three nine-credit courses, is open to business majors, while the minor – 18 credits, nine in basic business skills and nine in specialty courses – is for non-business majors.

Urvi Tiwari, a December 2015 Rutgers Business School grad who is working at KPMG in New York, stayed on for an extra semester to take the business of fashion concentration courses because she hopes to one day match her business background to a fashion-related position. She says the master’s program is another great opportunity for people like her interested in applying business skills to a career in fashion.

“There’s a huge gap in the fashion industry between those who are running businesses and those doing the designing,” Tiwari says. “Having more synergy between the two would be amazing.”