RED: The 13th Annual NY Fashion Conference

Red: Allure, Style, and Significance- A CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK

New York, NY.  There is no color more freighted with meaning than red.  The color of anger, of passion, and less metaphorically, of blood, red is arguably the color of life itself.  As the representative color of authority and courage, red has become the symbol of social sustainability and of the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Initiatives in Art and Culture announces Red: Allure, Style, and Significance, a two-day conference in which a distinguished roster of speakers and panelists will explore the innumerable facets of this color without peer.  The conference will take place December 2-3, 2011 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (Fifth Ave. @ 34th Street), and will be preceded by a cocktail reception and collection viewing at Fred Leighton Thursday evening, December 1.  What Goes Around Comes Around will also host a reception and book signing for conference attendees Friday evening, December 2nd.

Participants will consider the history of the color red, and that of the materials from which it has been derived, as well as its symbolism, as a color in and of itself and as an integral component to patterns such as paisley and tartan.  The conference considers red in all of its incarnations—from fashion to gems, from social metaphor to symbolism—and throughout all stages of history.  Vintage is used as a lens through which to study this vibrant hue and the important roles it has played at all times and in all cultures; these roles are traced as well as their evolution over time.

Experts will address an expansive range of topics including red as a historical element, art influences and fashion design, extraordinary adornments, red in world cultures, red gemstone quality and character, regulatory issues surrounding red gems, and red as symbolism throughout history and today.

The distinguished roster of speakers and panelists includes:

  • Matt Tyrnauer, director of “Valentino: The Last Emperor”
  • Hal Rubenstein, creative director of InStyle Magazine
  • Designers Norma Kamali, Jeffrey Banks, Anna Sui, Zandra Rhodes, Vicky Tiel, Margot Rozanska, & Sophia Edstrand
  • Lisa Immordino Vreeland, author of the book & director of the film, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel”
  • Leatrice Eiseman, head of the Pantone & Eiseman color institutes
  • Marilyn F. Cooperman, noted jewelry designer
  • Poppy King (“the Lipstick Queen”)
  • Susan Scafidi, founder, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham & author of the blog Counterfeit Chic
  • Beverley Birks, fashion historian, vintage collector, and private dealer
  • Dilys Blum, costume curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Jan Glier Reeder, curator, Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum
  • Lesley M. M. Blume, journalist, cultural observer & author, Let’s Bring Back
  • Lisa Padovani, Emmy-nominated co-costume designer “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Pamela Keogh, cultural commentator & author, Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?
  • Gerard Maione, cofounder/creative director, What Goes Around Comes Around
  • Anya Strzemien and April Long, style commentators, HuffPost and ELLE
  • Cesar Padilla, co-owner, Cherry, vintage boutique and archive
  • Stephen Hannock, acclaimed artist who memorializes his friendship to the late Frank Moore (who devised the red ribbon as a symbol for AIDS awareness) by embedding it in some of his signal canvases
  • Caroline Weber author, What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, who writes for Vogue and The New York Times
  • Douglas Kazanjian, Kazanjian Bros., owners of one of only three red diamonds over 5 carats in weight
  • Jack Ogden, chief executive, Gemmological Association of Great Britain
  • Gregory Kwiat, CEO, Fred Leighton
  • Benjamin Zucker, Scholar, author, and gem merchant
  • Christopher P. Smith, president, American Gemological Laboratories (AGL)
  • Douglas Hucker, chief executive, American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)
  • Antoinette Matlins, gem and jewelry expert

Click here for additional information, including the conference brochure.

Click here to register online.

Initiatives in Arts and Culture (IAC) is an organization committed to educating diverse audiences in the fine, decorative, and visual arts as well as architecture. IAC’s primary activities are conferences, publications, and exhibitions. These take an interdisciplinary approach, considering issues related to fabrication, connoisseurship, cultural patrimony, cultural preservation, and the future of culture.

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