Fashion Research Institute invites you to attend
Threading the Needle: The Future of Fashion Design, the
first virtual world-based fashion design conference in
Fashion design is changing rapidly in response to many
factors. The recent economic collapse, coupled with a coming
petroleum crisis and a wave of new technologies with a
global emphasis have sent ripples through the industry.
Young designers and design students are faced with an array
of choices for their careers, many of which weren't even an
option a few years ago.
Threading the Needle gathers eight fashion industry thought
leaders to present their views on a range of topics designed
to help a global audience of new designers and fashion
designers 'thread their needle' and launch their careers.
And as anyone who has ever had hand sewn a hem knows, there
is a trick to threading a needle. Please join us on
Thursday, December 3rd from 8 am - 5
pm EDT at this free conference for fashion design
students and new designers.
Conference speakers include Kerry Bannigan (CEO, Nolcha
Fashion Week); Fiona Jenvey (CEO, Mudpie); Beth Harris
(Director of Digital Learning, MOMA-NYC); Crosby Noricks
(Founder, PR Couture); Suzie Norris-Reeves (FHEA, Head of School, Southampton Solent University);
Elaine Polvinen (Professor & Coordinator - Fashion Textile
Technology, Buffalo State University);
Michiel Thissen (Founder, Mythos Consultancy);
Shenlei Winkler (CEO,
Fashion Research Institute); Steven Zucker (Dean of
In addition to the presentation track, additional displays
will be available for conference attendees to visit. These
include a 3-D trend report, with trend data graciously
Mudpie; a virtual fashion installation with fashions
created by the Fashion Research Institute's student interns;
booths and displays about programs from other fashion
industry organizations; exhibits about fashion history, and
even a game developed just for fashion designers!
The trendy conference architecture is being provided by The
ARCH Techwork. and hosting and hardware for the event are
being graciously provided by Intel Corporation with
additional support from Intel Labs. Threading the Needle is
a [email protected] event. The conference is being presented and
sponsored by Fashion Research Institute.
The conference is free for all attendees - simply create a
user account on the ScienceSim grid at sciencesim.com. Then
download the software, and log in. It's that simple, and
both the software and the conference are free. Attendees
will want to log in a little early and customize their
avatars, so they feel comfortable with their avatar
representation and with the interface. There are 45 minute
orientation sessions which will be provided on
November 19th and 26th from 1-2 pm
EDT, and November 29 from 9-10 am EDT. Experienced
mentors will be on hand to guide you through the
orientation, which takes about 30 minutes, with 15 minutes
to customize your avatar.
For more information, please visit
http://needlethreading.com or contact