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Voices of Anakazi- Taryn Hipwell CEO, Ecodivas LLC

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Taryn is from Pittsburgh. She studied fashion design and art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked for designer Anna Sui in New Yorkand styled films and celebrities, while assisting director David Zucker in Los Angeles. She teaches “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM as well as “Eco Fashion”/”Recycled Fashion” at Environmental Charter High School, Hollywood Media Arts and Youth Environmental Network Zambia in Africa. Her unique repurposed Kimono quilt can be seen on HGTV’s the Antonio Treatment; PAPER Magazine featured a tissue paper, Alexander McQueen, replica dress; and she is very proud of her R’ashion class at Environmental Charter High School for designing an Alice in Wonderland dress out of chip wrappers and juice containers.

She has been featured in the movie Hot, Rich and Green and in the Huffington Post. Taryn and partner Billy Lombe are in the process of creating, R’ashion Camp Zambia, an Eco Fashion exchange camp in Zambia Africa.  The purpose of the camp is to educate youth from the U.S. and Africa how to turn waste into fashion whilst taking care of our beautiful planet.