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Examines white as the repository of hope and change through the work of contemporary designers of clothing and accessories and the materials with which they work.

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Initiatives in Art & Culture Announces 19th Annual Fashion + Design Conference:


November 10 & 11, 2017

The Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) 19th Annual Fashion + Design Conference examines white as the repository of hope and change through the work of contemporary designers of clothing and accessories and the materials with which they work. As the color of beginnings, white becomes a potent symbol for social and environmental responsibility and ethical clarity, and for a better future and world.

Friday, November 10

WHAT: Reception at Shinola Flagship
WHEN: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: 177 Franklin Street (Remarks by Jacques Panis, President, Shinola)

November 10 & 11, 2017

WHAT: Presentations

Harry Benson, Photographer; Wendy Brandes, Jewelry Designer; Paula Crevoshay, Jewelry Designer; Ebonee Davis, Model and Activist; Mercedes R. Gonzalez, Founder & Director, Global Purchasing Companies; Rick Guidotti, Founder and Director, Positive Exposure; Bethann Hardison, Founder, Bethann Management Co.; John Hatleberg, Counterfeiter of Famous Diamonds for Their Owners; Keith Hoover, Apparel and Retail Executive; Donald Kaufman, Founder, Donald Kaufman Color; Mickey Alam Khan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Luxury Daily; John King, Chief Quality Officer, GIA Laboratory; Shaun Leane, Jeweler; Rachel Leonard, Editorial Director, The Bridal Council; Darcy Miller, Founder, Darcy Miller Designs, and Editor at Large, Martha Stewart Weddings; Jack Ogden, Jewelry Historian; Mary Orton, Co-Founder and President, Trove; Jacques Panis, President, Shinola; Jean Z. Poh, Founder and CEO, Swoonery; Zac Posen, Designer; Ralph Rucci, Designer; Hebe Schecter, President, Kaltex North America; Charlie Scheips, Curator, Art Advisor, and Cultural Historian; Hedda Schupak, Editor, The Centurion Newsletter; Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design, Phoenix Art Museum; Hisano Shepherd, Designer, little h; Mara Urschel, Owner, Kleinfeld Bridal; Ronnie Vanderlinden, President, Diamex, Inc., Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA) and United States Jewelry Council; Robert Verdi, Celebrity Stylist; Gary A. Wassner, CEO, Hilldun Corp.; Wendy Waugh, Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Development, Fast Retailing; Walter T. Wilhelm, Chairman, WWA Advisors;. Barbara Zeins, President/COO, Gerson & Gerson, New York; Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Fashion Law; Benjamin Zucker, Precious Stones Authority.

Where: The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street).

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Photo credits: (left) Shaun Leane and Daphne Guinness, Contra Mundum Worn by Daphne Guinness (detail) pavé diamonds set over 18 kt white gold. Photo Nick Knight; (right) Harry Benson, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow at Truman Capote’s “Black and White” Ball at the Plaza Hotel, New York, 1966. Photo: Harry Benson; courtesy, Staley-Wise Gallery.

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