The Fashion Studies Program at The Graduate Center at CUNY on Tuesday will hold the Global Fashion Capitals Conference, which will look at the role of fashion in New York City and the increasingly global nature of the industry.
Two round table discussions will take place: “What Makes a Fashion City” from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and “Future Fashion in NYC,” 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a screening of the film “The True Cost,” at 4:15 p.m. followed by a Q&A with the director Andrew Morgan, conducted by Paul Julian Smith. The keynote at 6:30 p.m. will be a conversation between designer Reem Acra and fashion historian and Museum of FIT director Valerie Steele, moderated by Maria Conelli, Dean of the School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.
The conference is free and open to the public. Registration for the discussions takes place at cuny.is/fashioncities. The afternoon sessions will be held at the Graduate Center at CUNY in the Proshansky Auditorium at 365 Fifth Avenue.
As part of the daylong program, an International Fashion Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the John E. Reeves Great Hall at FIT. That will be followed by a fashion show at FIT’s Haft Auditorium at noon that will feature five designers from emerging fashion capitals. They are Lisa Folawiyo of Lagos; Marina Hoermanseder, Berlin; Arzu Kaprol, Istanbul; Lie Sangbong, Seoul, and Ricardo Seco, Mexico City. A panel discussion with the designers will follow, moderated by Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way, curators at The Museum of FIT. Reservations for the fashion show and fair can be made through fitnyc.edu/24347.asp