Fashion Is Kale: A Conversation with Fashion’s Hidden Heroes at MoMa


In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, Fashion is Kale, a one-day event on October 19, 2017 that seeks to spark conversation and perspectives from those who are often hidden in the fashion industry. Inspired by Fashion Is Spinach, a well-known book by Elizabeth Hawes published in 1938, panels will discuss how fashion items are designed, manufactured, discarded and worn.  Guests will hear from brands, individuals and institutions including Wen Zhou, President and CEO, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Steven Alan, Founder and Owner, Steven Alan, Felita Harris, Senior VP Global Sales, Alexander Wang, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Founders and Creative Direction, Public School, Dario Calmese, photographer, writer, and visual director, Charles Elliott Harbison, Founder and Creative Director, Harbison, Yale, FIT, Susan Scafidi, Founder and Director, Fashion Law Institute, Material World, FIT, Yale and more. 

Topics include: 

  • From raw to finished and from fiber to textile: the steps in the conversion process
  • Making the business of fashion financially viable
  • The making and remaking of a singular label
  • Realizing the first sample
  • Gauging the market’s response to the prototype
  • From prototype to product
  • From product to markets, and from markets to trends
  • Retail and Circulation Where fashion meets people
  • This House believes that we should stop buying clothes

Learn more and purchase tickets at Fashion is Kale. 

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