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Rachel Mednick
Rachel Higgins
Instructor of Design & Merchandising



URBN Center 110


Rachel holds a BS from Drexel University in Fashion Design & Merchandising and a Master's Degree of Professional Studies in Business of Fashion from LIM. Rachel is an advocate for circular fashion and after building and selling her children's clothing brand, she switched her focus to fashion education in order to make a bigger impact on creating change within the industry. Rachel currently teaches at Drexel University in the Design & Merchandising Program. She is active in the Philadelphia fashion community leading the Sustainability Committee for the Philadelphia Fashion and Garments Task Force and is the Clothing/Textile Coalition Leader for All Together Now PA where she is working on building out the textile supply chain for the state of Pennsylvania, working to unite rural and urban communities through textiles.

MS, Professional Studies in Business of Fashion, LIM College
BS, Fashion Design & Merchandising, Drexel University


US Congressional Briefing, Natural Fibers, Farm Bill Proposed Changes. August 2023

The Truth Behind Fast Fashion, All Together Now PA and Area Transition. July 2023 

Our Clothes, Our Earth. Sustainable Fashion Week. Panel Moderator. April 2022 

Philadelphia Women’s Roundtable. Instagram Live. Hot Topic Tuesday, Sustainable Fashion. April 2022 

Bringing Fashion Home: A Sustainable Fashion Conversation. Panelist. April 2022 


Grants & Research 

Keystone Development Center Grant, USDA 2023 

Research and feasibility studies to create a natural dye coop using food and floral waste 

Fibershed Affiliate Microgrant 2022 - 2023 

Keystone Development Center Grant, USDA 2022 

Developed mapping system for wool growers in PA and accessed the fiber landscape in the state of PA 

PDA Grant 2023 

Created a promotional video for hemp fiber for textile use and hemp building materials