World Oceans Day marked by fashion designer

Posted at 11:48 AM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 12:20:43-04

Award-winning fashion designer Barbara de Vries creates beauty out of plastic while highlighting her concern for what the material means in our oceans.

Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute says 10 million pounds of plastic ends up in our oceans each year.  World Oceans Day is June 8.

De Vries uses her artwork to raise awareness of plastic pollution.  She incorporates beach plastic in her designs and art.  She is known for creating the CK line for Calvin Klein and for winning the Barneys New York Best New Sustainable Design Competition. Her work has been featured in top fashion publications and and in documentary film work. 

People are encouraged to clean up the beaches on World Oceans Day. 

FAU's Harbor Branch is welcoming de Vries for an event on June 8 in the Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 U.S. 1 North in Fort Pierce at 5:30 p.m.