Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit

From Nest:

Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit will culminate as a multi-stakeholder forum at the United Nationswhere participants and attendees will lay the groundwork for a New Handworker Economy that connects handworkers*, brands, and consumers in a circular and human-centric value chain. *Handworker: n. a person who works with her or his hands, in contrast to using a machine exclusively (related terms include: artisan, craftsperson, maker, homeworker, manual laborer)

Andrew MorganFilm Director, The True Cost

Bandana TewariFashion Features Director, VOGUE India

Beth CieslikResponsible Sourcing Director, Target

Douglas GuileySVP of Global Sourcing at West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Heidi ChristArtisan Value Chain Expert at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Simone CiprianiHead and Founder of the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative

Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times

 

PROGRAMMING

Panel discussion led by executives from Nest Steering Committee brands in conversation with artisan business leaders representing more than 20 nations around the world

 UNHCR presentation on using craft employment as a tool for liberation from the Refugee crisis

Media Panel discussing media’s role in educating and empowering consumers to support artisan development and innovation

Catered sit-down lunch hosted at the United Nations

Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) discussion led by UN Officer, Simone Cipriani

Grand Unveiling of the Nest Labor Standards for Homes & Small Workshops and Seal of Handworker Wellbeing

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Pratt Fashion Talks: "Designer Profile: Sarah Aphrodite"
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Pratt Fashion Talks: "Designer Profile: Sarah Aphrodite"

  • Juliana Curran Terian Design Center Gallery Steuben Hall, 2nd Floor (map)
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From the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute:

DESIGNER PROFILE: SARAH APHRODITE

A conversation with Sarah Aphrodite and Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt Fashion

"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" presents its final talk of the 2017 season, highlighting a designer who threads intuition and innovation throughout her fashion practice, Sarah Aphrodite. Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will be joined by Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt Fashion, to reflect upon the needs and potential of a fashion system in flux, proposing exciting futures through Sarah Aphrodite’s work as a study. This event is free and open to the public; reception to follow.

You can register for this event here.

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Panel: "Dead to Rights: Ethical Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation, Postmortem Rights of Publicity, and the Ghost of Harvey Weinstein"
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Panel: "Dead to Rights: Ethical Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation, Postmortem Rights of Publicity, and the Ghost of Harvey Weinstein"

From the Fashion Law Institute:

Halloween and the Day of the Dead are fast approaching, and for this year's annual ethics CLE event, we'd like to treat you to a pair of thought-provoking panels.  Join us for an insightful -- and at times hair-raising -- discussion of issues from intellectual property's twilight zone and on the cutting edge of sexual harassment law:

  • When does a costume constitute cultural misappropriation?
  • How can we keep fear of cultural appropriation from curtailing cultural exchange in fashion?
  • Should fashion houses be haunted by ghosts of celebrities past in states without postmortem publicity rights?

PANELISTS:

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  • Do settlement agreements in sexual harassment cases bury victims in unethical silence?
  • What does Harvey Weinstein's ghastly employment contract say about the spirit of corporate law?
  • Should business partners be scared off by allegations of sexual harassment?
  • What can we do to make the fashion industry a less frightening place?

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR: Jeff Trexler, Attorney and Associate Director, Fashion Law Institute

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Panel: "Confounding Expectations: Elements of Style"
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Panel: "Confounding Expectations: Elements of Style"

  • The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall (map)
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From The New School:

The Aperture "Elements of Style" panel is part of the Confounding Expectations lecture series, which is sponsored by Aperture Foundation, the Vera List Center at The New School, and the Photography Program of Parsons School of Design at The New School.

This conversation will focus on identity, style, and dress―the codes and politics of self-presentation. Panelists will discuss connections between self-portraiture and self-styling, decolonizing the fashion image, and the role of the queer archive in the fashion industry. The conversation will be moderated by historian and author Tanisha C. Ford.

Participating panelists include Collier Shorr, Nadine Ijewere, and Ethan James Green.

Image:  Nadine Ijewere, Victoria’s pearl earring, 2017.

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Fashion Is Kale: A One-Day Event Celebrating Fashion’s Hidden Heroes
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Fashion Is Kale: A One-Day Event Celebrating Fashion’s Hidden Heroes

From the Modern Museum of Art:

In conjunction with Items: Is Fashion Modern?, this event features presenters from a diverse range of perspectives whose often-hidden roles are critical in shaping the contemporary fashion industry. Inspired by Fashion Is Spinach, a well-known book by Elizabeth Hawes published in 1938 and an insider’s critique of the fashion scene, this program provides insight into the ways in which fashion items are designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, worn, and discarded today, by listening to and engaging with stories from fashion’s silent partners.

A reception and an opportunity to see the exhibition will follow the program.

Tickets ($20; $15 members and Corporate members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online, at the information desk, or at the Film desk on the day of the program.

This event will be live-streamed. 

Schedule

9:30–10:00 a.m. Welcome coffee
The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge, second floor 

10:10–10:30 Opening remarks
Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Director, Research and Development, The Museum of Modern Art 

10:30–11:15 Raw Materials
Sourcing materials, whether naturally harvested or artificially created
Caterina A. Conti, Ambassador, Textile Exchange
Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, Professor of Engineering, Tufts University
Moderator: Nadine Farag, Founder, One Who Dresses 

11:15–11:30 Processing
From raw to finished and from fiber to textile: the steps in the conversion process.
Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar, Yale University 

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Liftoff
Making the business of fashion financially viable
Charles Elliott Harbison, Founder and Creative Director, Harbison
Wen Zhou, President and CEO, 3.1 Phillip Lim 

Audience Q&A 

12:15–12:45 Creative Direction
The making and remaking of a singular label
Dao-Yi Chow and and Maxwell Osborne, Founders and Creative Direction, Public School
Interviewer: Lynn Yaeger, Contributing Editor, Vogue and vogue.com 

12:45–1:45 Lunch (on your own)

1:45–2:15 Prototype
Realizing the first sample
Nicole Miller, Founder and Designer, Nicole Miller
Interviewer: Paola Antonelli 

2:15–3:05 Trial
Gauging the market’s response to the prototype
Felita Harris, Senior VP Global Sales, Alexander Wang
Julie Gilhart, fashion consultant
Clara Jeon, Cofounder, Chapter 2
Moderator: Dario Calmese, photographer, writer, and visual director 

3:05–3:35 Production
From prototype to product
Renee Peters, model, blogger, and advocate
Peter W. Chan, Assistant Professor of Production Management, Fashion Institute of Technology
Moderator: Michelle Millar Fisher, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art 

Audience Q&A 

3:40–4:15 Licensing and Forecasting
From product to markets, and from markets to trends
Andrea Bell, Director of Insight, WGSN
Brian Mims, Creative Director, PVH licensing
Moderator: Stephanie Kramer 

Audience Q&A 

4:20–4:40 Coffee
The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge, second floor 

4:40–5:30 Retail and Circulation
Where fashion meets people
Steven Alan, Founder and Owner, Steven Alan
Melody Cohen, Founder, United Apparel Liquidators
Susan Scafidi, Founder and Director, Fashion Law Institute
Rie Yano, Cofounder and CEO, Material World
Moderator: Michelle Millar Fisher 

Audience Q&A 

5:30–6:30 Final debate
“This House believes that we should stop buying clothes.”
Paul Dillinger, Vice President, Head of Global Product Innovation for Levi Strauss & Co.
Sarah Labowitz, researcher, writer, and teacher 

6:30–7:30 Finale
Reception and viewing of Items: Is Fashion Modern?
Sixth floor

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Exhibition: "(under)REPRESENT(ed)"
Oct
14
6:30 PM18:30

Exhibition: "(under)REPRESENT(ed)"

  • Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries    (map)
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From The New School's Parsons Alumni Reunion:

(under)REPRESENT(ed) is an exhibition that highlights Parsons alumni of color who address race and identity as a central theme in their art and design practices.  

(under)REPRESENT(ed) will provide rich opportunities to engage with crucial examples of creative practices that produce, support, and sustain innovative responses to racism and engage with the lived experience of race. People of color are greatly underrepresented in the professional fields of art and design, despite the rich foundation of work and histories created by designers and artists of color on which these industries and fields are built. By centering the work of people of color — as in all social movements and social justice initiatives — (under)REPRESENT(ed) offers space for those who are most deeply affected to propose necessary ways to address racism. In an era that promises to deeply challenge our existing tools of resistance, more than ever we need current and inspiring examples of the power of art and design to address and dismantle systems of racism.  

A two-week series of events, launching during this year’s Parsons Reunion, will center on (under)REPRESENT(ed) and will include panel discussions, workshops, and community-building opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and the general public.  

Parsons Reunion Reception and (under)REPRESENT(ed) Opening: Saturday, October 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

(under)REPRESENT(ed) Opening Reception to the public: Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 - 8:00pm.

(under)REPRESENT(ed) Driving Committee  

Havanna Fisher Newby, BFA Fashion Design ’14, BA The Arts ’14  
Scherezade García-Vazquez, BFA Illustration ’90  
Joelle Riffle, BFA Communication Design ’13  
Yelaine Rodríguez, BFA Fashion Design ’13  
Sable Elyse Smith, MFA Design and Technology ’13  
Nadia Williams, BFA Fashion Design ’01  

(under)REPRESENT(ed) Parsons Alumni Exhibitors 

Salome Asega, MFA Design and Technology '14  
Ryquriea Byrd, MA Fashion Studies '16
Patricia Encarnacion Contreras, BFA Communication Design '14
Alston Green, CGRD Illustration '72
Kimberly Jenkins, MA Fashion Studies '13
Leslie Jimenez, BFA Fine Arts '12
Sarah Jimenez, MFA Fine Arts '13
Jeana Lindo, BFA Photography '17
Joy McKinney, MFA Photography '14
Ronald Morrison, MS Design and Urban Ecologies '15
Inyegumena Nosegbe, BFA Communication Design '16
Ayodamola Okunseinde, MFA Design and Technology '15
Isaac Paris, BFA Communication Design '78
Kaitlynn Redell, MFA Fine Arts '13
Ken Tanabe, MFA Design and Technology '04
James Terrell, MFA Painting '02
Noelle Theard, MFA Photography '14
Duncan Tonatiuh, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum '08, BA Liberal Arts '08
Christopher Udemezue, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum '08 

 

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Fashion Performance: "CarWash Collective"
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Fashion Performance: "CarWash Collective"

From Jennifer Minniti, Chair of the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute:

In conjunction with Beverly Semmes’ exhibition Bow at Susan Inglett Gallery, the Gallery is pleased to debut the CarWash Collective label Saturday, October 14 at 5 PM. A collaboration between the artist and designer Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt’s Fashion Department, CarWash Collective establishes a new politic of clothing with ”take back the image” urgency.

CarWash Collective finds its visual and conceptual source in Semmes’ recent Feminist Responsibility Project. These original works on paper begin with pages torn from porn magazines censored and edited by the artist to refocus the original content. Fabric, digitally printed incorporating these altered images, becomes the raw material for Minniti’s work as she combines engineered cuts and construction with Semmes raw mark making. By taking control of the image, first as drawing then as clothing, the process comes full circle ultimately returning the image to the body in a final act of defiance.

Susan Inglett Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and is located at
522 West 24th Street. Beverly Semmes’ “Bow” runs to 21 October. For additional information please contact Susan Inglett Gallery at 212 647 9111 or info@inglettgallery.com. Join in the conversation with Susan Inglett Gallery and Beverly Semmes on Instagram (@susaninglettgallery) (@beverlysemmesstudio) (@minnitibklyn), Facebook (@Susan Inglett Gallery), Twitter (@inglettgallery), and via the hashtags #BeverlySemmesStudio #CarWashcollective and #SusanInglettGallery. 

I have the distinct pleasure of walking as a model for this performance.

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Film Screening & Panel: Willi Smith's "EXPEDITION"
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

Film Screening & Panel: Willi Smith's "EXPEDITION"

From Parsons Fashion at The New School:

To kick off Parsons Reunion, alumni are invited to celebrate the life and work of the late Willi Smith, alumnus and renowned fashion designer, with a film screening and Q&A. 

EXPEDITION, a short film shot in Senegal by famed photographer Max Vadukul, was made for Willi Wear/Willi Smith and premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre during Fall Fashion Week 1985. It hasn't been shown publicly in more than 30 years. This screening will be followed by Q&A with the film's producer, Live Rocket CEO Mark Bozek; model and activist Bethann Hardison; and Paper Magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter. Moderated by fashion historian Kim Jenkins, MA Fashion Studies '13.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat

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Pratt Fashion Talks: "Shifting the Paradigm of Fashion: NEST & OXOSI"
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Pratt Fashion Talks: "Shifting the Paradigm of Fashion: NEST & OXOSI"

  • Juliana Curran Terian Design Center Gallery Steuben Hall, 2nd Floor (map)
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From the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute

SHIFTING THE PARADIGM OF FASHION: NEST & OXOSI

A conversation with Rebecca Van Bergen, Kolade Adeyemo and Akin Adebowale

"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" presents the second talk of the 2017 season, continuing to explore the dramatic shifts in globalized fashion culture. We pursue the following questions: “How can fashion continue to sustain itself? What needs to change effectively in the fashion system?” Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with Rebecca Van Bergen, founder of Nest and Kolade Adeyemo and Akin Adebowale, founders of Oxosi, to show new ways of producing fashion that commit to economic change and elevate the work of global designers, respectively. This event is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here.

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Panel: "Fashion, Culture & Justice: A NYFW Dialogue"
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Panel: "Fashion, Culture & Justice: A NYFW Dialogue"

  • John L. Tishman Auditorium, The New School University Center (map)
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This panel discussion will serve to identify, address and deepen our understanding of the social and systemic issues that challenge and pervade the fashion system. Topics that will be the focal point of this solutions-based conversation will include cultural appropriation, celebrating personhood through diversity and what fashion makes possible in a tense political climate.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Speakers:
Elaine Welteroth, Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue

Aurora James, Creative Director, Brother Vellies

Amy Farid, Hair Stylist

Anastasia Garcia, Photographer

Moderated by: 

Kim Jenkins, Lecturer at Parsons School of Design, Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute 

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Pratt Fashion Talks: "Between the Lines, Behind the Scenes: Documenting the Culture of Fashion"
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Pratt Fashion Talks: "Between the Lines, Behind the Scenes: Documenting the Culture of Fashion"

  • Juliana Curran Terian Design Center Gallery Steuben Hall, 2nd Floor (map)
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From the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute

BETWEEN THE LINES, BEHIND THE SCENES: DOCUMENTING THE CULTURE OF FASHION

A conversation with Marjon Carlos and Hailey Gates

"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" kicks off a new season, featuring two journalists who are reporting the dramatic shifts in globalized fashion culture through freelance writing and television production, respectively. Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with Marjon Carlos, freelance writer and former Senior Writer at Vogue (U.S.) and Hailey Gates, model and host of the Viceland series, “States of Undress”, to explore new ways of documenting the culture of fashion, addressing issues frequently overlooked in the media. This event is free and open to the public.

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Workshop: Fashion & Justice
Jul
15
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Fashion & Justice

"Fashion & Justice" is a daylong workshop that my colleague Jonathan Michael Square and I have organized. Jonathan is a writer and professor of history specializing in fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora, currently teaching at Harvard University. I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of fashion history and theory at Pratt Institute and Part-time Lecturer at Parsons School of Design, specializing in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear, specifically addressing how politics, psychology, race and gender shapes the way we ‘fashion’ our identity.  

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can serve as an entry point into contemplating how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. "Fashion & Justice" will examine the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The agenda will include an analysis of archival images, select films, artwork and fashion objects that has galvanized social justice, in addition to a compendium of literature that expands our knowledge of fashion history and culture. The significance of contemporary designers and artists will be interpreted through the groundbreaking work of journalists, curators, photographers and academics who explore the fashion system through a critical lens. Timely topics will also be addressed, including, but not limited to, cultural appropriation and the decolonization of fashion images. Participants will leave the workshop with a #fashionandjustice syllabus equipping them with tools to better understand how fashion has been harnessed by marginalized communities, proposing substantive solutions for a more just fashion system. 

The seminar will include guest speaker Elizabeth Way. Elizabeth Way is an assistant curator at the Museum at FIT where she curated the Black Fashion Designers exhibition and symposium, and published a distinguished profile of black dressmakers Elizabeth Keckley and Ann Lowe for Fashion Theory

For press inquiries or additional details about this event, please contact Jonathan at fashioningtheself@gmail.com or myself at jenkinsk@newschool.edu. The tuition for the workshop is $30, and you can register here.

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Talk: Black Americans in the World of Fairs
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Talk: Black Americans in the World of Fairs

From the Bard Graduate Center

Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and appointed Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies, will give an overview of her research on black participation in world’s fairs. 

Navigating through the fairgrounds of the large international expositions staged in the cities of Philadelphia, New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Buffalo, Charleston, Jamestown, and Paris, France, Wilson will examine African-American participation at the great world’s fairs. Along with these large mainstream fairs, it is important to peruse the aisles of the expositions organized by black Americans to commemorate their hard-fought struggle to gain freedom from enslavement. These Emancipation Expositions beginning in 1913 through the 1960s happened in cities with growing black populations—Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, and Detroit. How did World’s Fairs and Emancipation Expositions serve as counter-public spheres for black Americans during the era of Jim Crow segregation? What can we learn from how black Americans built or claimed spaces to reimagine their national belonging and share a collective memory of their past?

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Panel: Diversity in Fashion
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Panel: Diversity in Fashion

From The Wing:

It’s more than a SEO keyword used to incite clicks, or a one-off magazine cover. Join Essence Magazine’s Julee Wilson, The Coveteur’s Laurel Pantin, model Paloma Elsesser and stylist Solange Franklin as they sit down with moderator Marjon Carlos to discuss everything from getting their start, how to address hiring praxis, to overcoming intraracial politics in the workplace.

 

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The Jumpsuit Project at the Brooklyn Public Library
May
23
to May 25

The Jumpsuit Project at the Brooklyn Public Library

  • Brooklyn Public Library (map)
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From the Brooklyn Public Library:

The Jumpsuit Project is a socially engaged art project inspired by Sherrill Roland’s personal experience in the prison system. Roland was wrongfully convicted of a crime and spent nearly a year in state prison before the conviction was thrown out. A year-and-a-half after being released, he was exonerated of all charges. As a response, Roland began The Jumpsuit Project: he wears an orange jumpsuit,  similar to the one he wore while in prison, in public places in order to spark conversation about incarceration and its impact on individuals, families and communities.  Over the course of three days, Roland will bring his project to Central Library. The public is invited to ask him questions, share their stories and experiences with the criminal justice system and start to combat the stigma surrounding incarceration.

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Workshop: "Power-Filled: A Night of Conversation, Womanhood & Power" with Yomi Abiola
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Workshop: "Power-Filled: A Night of Conversation, Womanhood & Power" with Yomi Abiola

From The Fem League:

Join The Fem League at Rise New York for "Power-Filled: A Night of Conversation, Womanhood & Power," hosted by Yomi Abiola.

The Power-filled program was developed to support women in leadership. We operate on the premise that women are already powerful and the realisation of this power needs to be unveiled. In our organisation, we focus on the advancement of women, rather than the empowerment of women. The program outlines four steps of a multi-step program. The intention is to create a paradigm shift in the relationship and mental approach women have towards power. The outcomes are tangible tools for women to start unveiling, recognising and utilising their personal power. Through this recognition, we can live our most power-filled lives and mobilise communities globally.

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Salon: On "Diversity" with Food52, presented by the Food Book Fair
May
14
1:00 PM13:00

Salon: On "Diversity" with Food52, presented by the Food Book Fair

From Food Book Fair:

Food Book Fair and Food52 co-host a roundtable discussion on how food media can rigorously and responsibly diversify its voices along racial, gender, age-based lines, and beyond.

What are publications doing to ensure another pho-gate doesn't happen? How are publications protecting people of color, women, queer, or other minority writers from dealing with harassment? How do people in positions of editorial power respond to demands that food is an apolitical space? What are strategies for providing meaningful, intentional coverage and content that reflect a broader swath of voices than mainstream media is used to — and how do allies and accomplices continue to push the boundaries of what is expected?

Featured speakers include:
Andrea Nguyen, cookbook author, teacher, consultant
Mayukh Sen, staff writer, Food52
Kenzi Wilbur, managing editor, Food52
Stephen A. Satterfield, writer, founder, Whetstone Magazine
Kimberly Chou Tsun An, co-director, Food Book Fair

 

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Conference: "Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage & Freedom"
Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

Conference: "Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage & Freedom"

I will be moderating the panel discussion, “Fashion & the Peculiar Institution” at 1:00pm during this crucial conference organized by my colleague Jonathan Michael Square.

Description:

Scholars often encounter difficulty finding sufficient source material when researching the way in which enslaved people have understood themselves and their place in the world. Yet, the experience of Africans who have been enslaved and of their descendants is not wholly absent from historical records. One entry point into acquiring an understanding of the experience of these enslaved people is through how they were forced or chose to dress and adorn themselves. Fashion was one of the few arenas in which slaves had an opportunity to exert a modicum of control because it was, in spite a number of constraints, open to their adaptation. For slaves, as for all groups, fashion has constituted a rich, unique medium for complex cultural expression. This conference will explore some of the many facets of the intersection between slavery and fashion, bringing scholars, designers, and artists into conversation around this understudied (and often challenged) topic.

This event is sold out.

Image: "Sarah Forbes" by Ayana V. Jackson, courtesy Fashioning the Self.

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Panel: "Art and Representation in a Time of Crisis: A Roundtable Conversation"
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Panel: "Art and Representation in a Time of Crisis: A Roundtable Conversation"

  • Pratt Institute, Engineering Building, Room 307 (map)
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From Pratt Institute:

Location: Engineering Building, Room 307, Brooklyn Campus

What is the role of art in times of global political, economic, and social upheaval? What does representation (on all levels) mean in an age of twenty-four hour news, cable and reality television, and burgeoning, at-your-fingertips social media platforms? Taking its cue from two of James Baldwin's landmark, mid-century essays on the responsibility and process of the artist, this panel of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners will consider these questions and more as they explore the responsibility of the artist in a climate of revanchist politics and pervasive anxiety.

Panelists include:

Patricia J. Williams (Columbia University), Mira Schor (Painter and Writer), Jacolby Satterwhite(Artist), Rashida Bumbray (Choreographer) 

Moderator: Rich Blint, Ph.D., 2016-2017 Scholar-in-Residence, MFA Program in Performance and Performance Studies, Department of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute

 

 

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Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

Project Launch: "The Fashion and Race Syllabus"

I am very excited to share a new research project that I have co-authored alongside my Parsons School of Design peer, Rikki Byrd, entitled, "The Fashion and Race Syllabus" . This evolving, online-based resource seeks to organize and call attention to scholarship that addresses the intersection of fashion and race, and decentralizes Western fashion history.

Our mission is as follows: 

"In 2008, writer Vicki Woods posed a bold and unsettling question in Vogue magazine’s July issue: “Is Fashion Racist?” It meant something, for one of fashion’s most prestigious publications to acknowledge, or at least beg the question, of racism in the aspirational industry that is fashion. This question evokes a topic worthy of further study, as new conversations in fashion criticism have emerged in recent years to further complicate existing discourses as it pertains to the social construct of race and ethnicity, challenging accepted standards of beauty and shifting the power dynamic within the fashion system. Through selected readings and links to resources in the media, this syllabus will investigate the ways in which fashioned identities emerge within a racialized context in an effort to gain access, visibility and power.

While reading, please note that this list is by no means exhaustive, though we are optimistic that our syllabus will expand as the discourse regarding fashion and race broadens its authorship and becomes concretized within the academic discipline of Fashion Studies. Building upon the interdisciplinary nature of fashion, this living  document revisits classic texts and celebrates new research within neighboring fields such as Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, ultimately developing a framework that decentralizes and complicates our understanding of fashion history."

Photo credit: Alen MacWeeney, photo project, "New York Subways" (1977)

Photo credit: Alen MacWeeney, photo project, "New York Subways" (1977)

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Call for Contributors: The Fashion Studies Journal
Jun
28
to Jul 12

Call for Contributors: The Fashion Studies Journal

Deadline: July 12, 2016

I am proud to be spearheading the relaunch of The Fashion Studies Journal alongside my co-founder and co- Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Downing Peters. FSJ's brilliant editorial team includes co-founder Laura Snelgrove (Editor-at-Large), Stephanie Kramer (Managing Editor), Sara Idacavage, Adelle McElveen and Tessa Maffucci (Associate Editors).

We are looking for contributors who can deliver accessible and critical editorial content on fashion and culture with academic rigor behind it. FSJ's relaunch is scheduled for this September and you can subscribe for updates on our website.

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Panel: Fashion & Women in Tech
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Panel: Fashion & Women in Tech

  • The New School, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall (map)
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From the Fashion and Diversity Series at The New School:

Join Liz BacelarMadison MaxeyBirce Ozkan and a representative fromXRC Labs for a conversation on the importance of women in technology. Each panelist shares their process for innovative thinking, interest in design and why gender inclusion is well-overdue in the field of technology.

Before the event, be sure to fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Rebecca Minkoff bag. After the event, join the panelists for a reception and small exhibition of their innovative designs. 

About the Panelists:

Liz Bacelar is the founder of Decoded Fashion, the top global event series connecting decision-makers in fashion and retail to new technologies. The summits have taken place in London, Milan, and Tokyo and are produced with partners such as CFDA, BFC, IMG, Condé Nast and Pitti Immagine. She is also an Emmy-nominated journalist and producer, angel investor and advisor of startups.

Madison Maxey's interests lie between 2nd generation wearable technology, additive manufacturing and computational design. She is the founder and president of The Crated, a design and engineering studio integrating technology and apparel with an impressive client list including North Face, Milk Studios and Zac Posen. In 2016 she appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and NBC's BLK 28 Under 28, along with several other innovators making waves in design, technology, media and beyond. She has held fellowships and residencies with Thiel, General Assembly, BF+DA and more.

Birce Ozkan is a fashion technology and interactive designer based in New York. She studied international relations and business administration at Koc University in Istanbul and completed a MFA Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design, where she currently teaches Interactive Garments class. She recently won best Wearable Technology Design Award in Fiber Arts at ISWC/Ubicomp Design Exhibition Osaka, Japan. She showcased her projects at ISWC Design Exhibition Osaka, Interlaced Fashion Tech Runway Show London, Make: Wearable on Runway Show at Javits Center NY and SXSW Austin TX 2015. Her work has been published internationally in many prestigious publications including ISWC/Ubicomp, Fast Co Design, Dezeen and several more.

RC Labs is an innovation accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sector. It is a joint venture between Kurt Salmon, Parsons School of Design and Harvard Innovation Lab. XRC Labs provides workspace on the Parsons' campus, access to capital, mentoring and operational support to emerging companies in the retail and consumer good industry.

This event is sponsored and supported by University Student Senate, the School of Art and Design History and Theory, the School of Fashion, XRC Labs and Rebecca Minkoff.

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