PHILADELPHIA — The recently launched URBN Center Annex on the Drexel University campus was packed with students and fashion executives Wednesday night as Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, received the second annual Westphal Award.
The award honors a leader in the fields of design, media or the arts, and is one of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s highest honors. Downing was tapped for the award not only for his leadership as the luxury department store’s tastemaker but also for his work in the fashion community helping to develop young designers.
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?"