EVENT: #CanYouFashionIt – Creativity Vs. Commerce: What Shapes the Face of Fashion?
As the #CanYouFashionIt series continues, join us on Thursday for the latest installment – #CanYouFashionIt – Creativity Vs. Commerce: What Shapes the Face of Fashion?
Join the conversation on Israeli-German fashion, history, lifestyle, technology, and design.
Creativity Vs. Commerce: What Shapes the Face of Fashion?
Wearing a specific piece of clothing has always been a statement of a certain lifestyle or a symbol of group identity. Fashion design is strongly influenced by the social and cultural realities that it reflects; fashion, in turn, influences the way we live and our perception of the world around us. Today, new technology trends guide designers who are experimenting with smart fabrics and materials, new apparel aesthetics, and partnerships with engineers. In the fashion industry, companies combine innovation and tradition to develop new ways of producing, marketing, and selling their collections, while trying to protect their creations against plagiarism and competition.
Join our panel discussion about the challenges of creativity, and the challenges of future fashion.
When: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Meet the Panelists
Daniela Britton, Factwell LLC
Daniela Britton is the President and CEO of Factwell, LLC, a network of certified investigators, security experts, German and American legal counsel, and multilingual business and communication specialists. Daniela is a multilingual lawyer and writer with years of international experience. She has the German equivalent of the J.D. law degree and a Master’s Degree in Journalism. She is licensed as an attorney with the German bar and has worked in law firms in Germany and the U.S. for many years, specifically, in the area of Intellectual Property law.
Megan Huntz designs a contemporary women’s wear collection for the modern, creative woman. She considers herself part of the Slow Fashion Movement – a manufacturing revolution encompassing all things eco and ethical. She is passionate about her local fashion community, and her entire collection is designed and manufactured in Atlanta, GA. Known for the enrichment of fabrics, like hand dyeing and digital prints, she blurs the lines of fine art and fashion. She also creates limited edition runs using vintage dead-stock fabrics and large quantities of remnants, which play an important part in her point of view on sustainability: taking something that would otherwise be wasted and turning it into something beautiful, coveted and perhaps most importantly, in-disposable. Megan Huntz aims to inspire and connect people, catalyze change, and ignite the fashion design community in Atlanta with a “think global/act local” approach. Today, Megan’s collection is entirely produced in Atlanta, GA by a small community of sewing craftsmen, in the tradition she learned in Italy. Megan brings a minimalist vision to her signature dresses, coats, and other separates, that she happens to name after each one of her friends, reflective of the charm brought by each individual piece of the collection.
Cynthanie Sumpter, Clark Atlanta University
Cynthanie Sumpter is a fashion designer and senior lecturer in the Department of Art and Fashion at Clark Atlanta University. Professor Sumpter seeks to stretch the boundaries of fashion’s influence in art and design, reflecting its ability to communicate complex social and cultural perspectives. In collaboration with her students Professor Sumpter designed the Memorial Dress to honor the Jewish members of Berlin’s fashion industry persecuted and murdered by the Nazis.
Soeren Reimers, SCAD
Soeren Reimers is a fashion designer trained at the Royal College of Art in London (MA fashion womenswear) and at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg (BA fashion and textile product design). He has worked in London, Germany and Paris at brands such as Givenchy. Soeren Reimers is Fashion Professor at SCAD, The University for Creative Careers.
Clint Zeagler, Georgia Tech University
While teaching textiles and fashion design studio classes at Savannah College of Art & Design, Zeagler realized his true passion lies in bridging the gap between the disciplines of Wearable design and Human Centered Computing. With a BS in Industrial Design (Georgia Tech), a minor in textiles manufacturing (Georgia Tech), and a MA in fashion design (Domus Academy, Italy), Clint Zeagler works on projects at the intersection of desire and technology. His research on electronic textiles with the Contextual Computing Group of the GVU center and his course instruction on mobile and ubiquitous computing along with directed electives with companies like Palm push the boundaries of how we interact with electronics on the body.
Moderated By: Uwe Westphal
Uwe Westphal’s focus as a writer and journalist has been the Nazi era and its persecution of Jews. His master’s studies at Berlin’s University of Arts focused on the fashion industry in pre-Nazi Berlin and the huge Jewish presence in making Berlin not only one of the world’s fashion capitals, but also the origin of “prêt-à-porter.” His research has taken him beyond Berlin to London, New York, and Jerusalem. His research and writings have focused the public’s eye on Nazi confiscation or destruction of thousands of Jewish-owned textile and fashion enterprises in the German capital. He depicts some of those stories in his novel Ehrenfried & Cohn. Goodbye Berlin: The Last Fashion Show.
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