Revisiting the Ready to Share conference

The Ready to Share conference at the Norman Lear Center was a unique meeting that I attended in 2005, which brought together members of the fashion, costume, film and music communities to discuss how these different industries viewed and experienced ‘sharing’ (also termed: copying, inspiration, and out right theft of intellectual property). It was a fascinating insight into how these different fields dealt with these issues. Panel-members included T Bone Burnett, DJ Danger Mouse, Cate Adair (costume designer for Desperate Housewives), and Tom Ford (among many others). 

Below is a section of one of the panels, featuring Kevin Jones, the curator of the FIDM Museum and Kevin Hall, former designer for Halston.

In this video, Designer Tom Ford and journalist Guy Trebay (New York Times) engage in a conversation about the distinctive role of homage and open appropriation.

The day-long conference was keynoted by David Wolfe, a trend forecaster. He offered some unique insight into trends. What’s most interesting to me is to see how and if Mr. Wolfe’s predictions were correct for the seasons following 2005.

I would love to hear your responses to this unique program. Those interested in learning more, can request a free copy of the book by clicking on the image below.

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