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Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) announced the agenda for its roster of presenters at its 19th Annual Fashion + Design Conference, entitled “White: Palette, Prism, Possibility,” taking place November 10 & 11, 2017. The event also will feature a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at the Shinola Flagship in Tribeca (177 Franklin St.) with remarks by Shinola President Jacques Panis.

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The conference will feature presentations on design innovation, color theory, advancements in materials technology, fashion history, fashion photography, diversity on the runway and broadened conceptions of beauty, updates on the jewelry industry, an extensive review of the state of the bridal industry, and business advice, strategies, and solutions from leading authorities and industry experts.

Agenda Updates

The Event Agenda…

Friday, November 10, 2017
Formal sessions take place at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets).

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Introduction. Lisa Koenigsberg. President and Founder, Initiatives in Art and Culture.

8:45 – 9:25 a.m. 50 Shades of White: Exploring the Color. Donald Kaufman, Founder, Donald Kaufman Color.

9:30 – 10:10 a.m. Positive Exposure: Genetic Difference and Beauty. Rick Guidotti, Founder and Director, Positive Exposure.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. To Make New Again: Designers as Advocates for Sustainability and Style. Gary Wassner, CEO, Hilldun Corp., in conversation with Jason Wu, Designer.

11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Changing the Landscape: How Design Reshaped Urban History. Jacques Panis, President, Shinola, in conversation with Mickey Alam Khan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Luxury Daily.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. The White Shirt: An Icon Reinvented. Zac Posen, Designer, in conversation with Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design, Phoenix Art Museum.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Blinded by the Light: Why Diamonds Matter. Edward Asscher, President, Royal Asscher Diamond Company; John Hatleberg, Counterfeiter of famous diamonds for their owners; John King, Chief Quality Officer, GIA Laboratory, Gemological Institute of America; Benjamin Zucker, Authority on precious stones; moderator, Richard Wise, Author.

3:05 – 4:00 p.m. Warp and Weft: The Impact of White on the Fabric of Our Lives. Mercedes R. Gonzalez, Founder and Director, Global Purchasing Companies (GPC); Keith Hoover, Senior Apparel and Retail Executive; Wendy Waugh, Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Development, Fast Retailing; Barbara Zeins; President and COO, Gerson & Gerson, New York; moderator, Walter T. Wilhelm, Chairman, WWA Advisors LLC.

4:25 – 5:25 p.m. White Noise. Penetrating Social Media Today. Mary Orton, Co-Founder and President, Trove; Robert Verdi, Entrepreneur and Celebrity Stylist; Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Fashion Law; moderator, Gary A. Wassner, CEO, Hilldun Corp.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Reception at Shinola Flagship – Tribeca. Remarks by Jacques Panis, President.
177 Franklin Street New York, NY 

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Formal sessions take place at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets).

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Diversity on the Runway. Bethann Hardison, Founder, Bethann Management Co., in conversation with Ebonee Davis, Model and Activist.

10:35 – 11:20 a.m. Contra Mundum: Creativity and Collaboration. Shaun Leane, Jeweler and Daphne Guinness, Model and Collector; in conversation with Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Sustainably Exquisite: Revolutionary Pearl Design. Paula Crevoshay, Jewelry Designer; Talila Gafter, Pearl Jeweler, Ella Gafter; moderator, Hedda Schupak, Editor, The Centurion Newsletter.

1:40 – 2:35 p.m. “Here Comes the Bride ...”: Imaging and Imagining the Bride. Darcy Miller, Author and Illustrator; Charlie Scheips, Curator, Art Advisor, Writer, and Cultural Historian; Mara J. Urshel, Owner and President, Kleinfeld Bridal; moderator, Rachel Leonard, Editorial Director, The Bridal Council

2:40 – 3:35 p.m. “With this Ring ...”: The Changing Landscape of Commitment. Wendy Brandes, Jewelry Designer; Rachel Leonard, Editorial Director, The Bridal Council; Jean Z. Poh, Founder and CEO, Swoonery, Ronnie Vanderlinden, President, Diamex Inc; Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America and the United States Jewelry Council; moderator, Hedda Schupak, Editor, The Centurion Newsletter.

3:55 – 4:35 p.m. White-Out. Ralph Rucci, Designer.

4:40 – 5:30 p.m. Snap Shot: Creating the Iconic. Harry Benson, Photographer, in conversation with Chris Whipple, CEO, CCWHIP Productions.

About Initiatives in Arts and Culture (IAC) is an organization committed to educating diverse audiences in the fine, decorative, and visual arts, as well as architecture. IAC's primary activities are conferences, publications, and exhibitions. These take an interdisciplinary approach, considering issues related to fabrication, connoisseurship, cultural patrimony, cultural preservation, and the fut cvdfure of culture. Particular areas of emphasis include American painting, the history and art of frames, the Arts and Crafts movement (internationally and in the U.S.), the art of metalworking in America, the influence of Asian cultures on American fine and decorative art, and the history and future of fashion and materials. IAC’s projects have been supported by a wide array of individual, corporate and foundation funders.

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19th Fashion Design Conference IAC

Those interested in attending can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/white-tickets-37040888294.

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