NEW YORK — “Heirloom: Style, Materials and Sustainability,” is the theme of the 11th annual New York Fashion Conference, organized by Initiatives in Art and Culture, that will take place Dec. 4 and 5 at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

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The seminar will focus on objects that are traditionally conceived as heirlooms, such as jewelry, watches and wedding gowns, as well as the materials and craft techniques used to create them. It will also include discussion linking heirlooms to sustainability.

The conference will begin with a reception and viewing of the work of fashion photographer Lillian Bassman at the Staley-Wise Gallery at 560 Broadway on the evening of Dec. 3.

Among those participating in the conference are Nanette Lepore and Robert Savage, president of Nanette Lepore; Deborah Milner, designer of the Aveda Ecoture collection; Deborah Lindquist, a designer noted for her eco-sensitive wedding attire; Gabriella Cortese, founder and designer of Antik Batik, and David Wolfe, chief forecaster of the Doneger Group.

The conference fee is $350, with a rate of $100 for full-time students with ID.

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