Zandra Rhodes

Initiatives in Art and Culture’s 21st New York Fashion + Design Conference will focus on “Blue.” The conference will be held Nov. 14 to 16 at the New School University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue in New York.

The event will explore the uses, historical significance and beauty of the color blue. It is the primary color of the American Revolution, and the preferred color of branding, from Planet Blue to the Blue Note to JetBlue. Many of the most legendary stones, including the Hope Diamond, are blue, as are lapis, diamonds, sapphires, tanzanite and opals.

The lineup on Nov. 14 features Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, the fashion historian and journalist and author of “Worn on This Day: The Clothes That Made History” and “Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.” Also speaking is Cameron Silver, fashion director, Halston and founder of vintage boutique Decades and author of “Decades: A Century of Fashion,” whose topic is “It’s Chic to Repeat.”

On Nov. 15, Stan Herman, who has designed uniforms for Amtrak, Federal Express, JetBlue, TWA and United Airlines, will have a conversation with Bridget Foley, executive editor of WWD, about “The Sartorial Significance of Blue.” In addition, Jessica L’Abbe, senior director of color, materials and graphics at Converse, will speak about “Chuck Taylor: An Icon and the Embrace of Sustainability.” Rowland Ricketts, a professor and associate dean in Indiana University’s Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, will discuss “Growing Blue: An Artist Reflects on Material, Color and Process.”

Other sessions on Nov. 15 include “50 Fabulous Years in Fashion, Zandra Rhodes, DBE and Anna Sui in Conversation with Joan Agajanian Quinn,” and a conversation between fashion photographer Arthur Elgort and Hank O’Neal, photographer, author and jazz music impresario.

On Nov. 16 will be a visit to 3×1 denim with Scott Morrison, and an exhibition of Sustainable Fine Jewelry Curated by Vogue Italia Salon Art + Design.

Other speakers include Sergio Guadarama, Kate Johnson, Dana Thomas, Michael Peters and Elie Hill.

The conference fee is $350. Educators and museum professional’s rate is $175 with ID. The student rate is $100 with ID. Inquiries can be sent to Registration can be done online at

The New School is event partner.

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