Fashion, jewelry, art and science came together at “Coral: Symbol, Substance and Significance,” a three-day conference in New York.
The conference, organized by Initiatives in Art & Culture, was comprised of experts who discussed the delicate nature of coral, and how the fashion and jewelry industry could help benefit the coral and the ecosystems they live in by not using the aquatic animal in jewelry and other decorative objects. It also explored the history of coral’s use in decorative arts such as jewelry and fashion, and addressed the laws and treaties formulated to govern trade in coral. The event took place at CUNY’s Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue, and closed Oct. 31.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"