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Fashion Colloquia

Feeding Fashion Energy: New pathways for fashion education

Join us in September 2015 for Fashion Colloquia, a free two-day symposium of meetings, discussions, and presentations featuring relevant players in fashion education and industry. Academics, industry representatives, talent scouts, journalists, and critics will debate the most controversial points about fashion education today, and predict the future of fashion education for the next protagonists in this changing scene.

The program will include panel discussions and presentations of research abstracts related to four main areas of interest in fashion education (technology, creativity, industry, and sustainability).

Participation is free of charge. To join us, please register >>

The event will be held entirely in English.



September 21st, 2015

9.00 – 9.30 >> Welcome coffee

9.30 – 10.00 >> Opening of the sessions by: 

Alberto Bonisoli, President Italian Fashion School Association, Chief Academic Officer Domus Academy, NABA
Carlo Capasa, President National Chamber of Fashion

10.00 – 11.00 >> Fashion Re-Think: A panel discussion with representatives from the Fashion Colloquia institutions

Leslie Holden, MDes(RCA), Head of fashion & design, Head of MA fashion enterprise creation AMFI
Zhong Hong, Director of International Cooperation, Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, Dong Hua University Shanghai
Delphine Wharmby, Marketing Director, Institut Français de la Mode
Paul Yuille, Head of the International office, London College of Fashion
Barbara Trebitsch, Head Fashion School Domus Academy
Moderated by: Alberto Bonisoli

11.00 – 11.30 >> Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.45 >> Abstract Presentation Session – Presentations of Academics and Professionals from Brazil, Finland, Hong Kong, India, UK, USA.

11.30 Maarit Salolainen, Adjunct Professor, Textile, Design, 3D surface design, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture – Finland. “EXPLORING MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES – interweaving expression, storytelling, artistic and technical mastery . New methods for Textile and Fashion education”.

11.40 Dr. Allan Chan Chee Kooi, Associate Head and Associate Professor, Institute of Textiles & Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. – Hong Kong. “New Tool for Fashion: Robotic Mannequin, i.Dummy®”.

11.50 Tessa Maffucci, Master’s candidate in Fashion Studies and Digital Humanities, The Graduate Center at The City University of New York – USA. “The Need for a Digital Fashion Education”.

12.00 Dilys Williams, Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability, Katelyn Toth-Fejel, Designer and Researcher on educational and industry projects, Centre For Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion – UK. “New Glasses for New Classes”.

12.10 Eleanore Snare, Writer, Marketer and Visiting lecturer Fashion Marketing and Fashion Communication, University of Leeds – UK. “Human Sustainability and Education”.

12.20 Dr. Purva Khurana, Associate Professor and Mr. Ashutosh Sahi, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi (NIFT) – India. “Ikat: Metamorphosis from A Traditional Textile Production to Sustainable Option- New Vista”.

12.30 Tamara Poblete Perines, Designer and Independent Researcher, Chile. “Dressing ‘the Latino’: capitalism and colonization of the imaginary”.

12.40 Anthony Kent, MA(Oxon) MBA PhD FRSA MCIM FHEA, Professor of Fashion Marketing, Alberta St. John-James, fashion lecturer and design practitioner, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University – UK. “Inclusiveness: The world of virtual fashion education systems”.

12.50 Prof Dr Suzana Avelar and Prof Dr Beatriz Ferreira Pires, University of São Paulo – Brazil. “Fashion and education in Brazil – suggesting a practice”.

13.00 Tamara Albu, Associate Professor of Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design – USA. “21 CENTURY DESIGN EDUCATION ALTERNATIVES: WomenWeave, India – Parsons School of Fashion, US – Project case study”.

13.10 Brendan Mc Carthy, Professor MFA Fashion Design and Society program Parsons School of Design –USA. “The Uncommon Confluences of Ghandi’s Homespun, Bespoke English Tailoring, Site-Specific Filmmaking and Alexander McQueen as a Model for Fashion Pedagogy”.

13.20 Prof. Sakorn Suksriwong, DBA, President of Chanapatana – International Design Institute, Bangkok, – Thailand. “Redefining Fashion Education”.

13.45 – 15.00 >> Lunch break

15.00 – 18.00 >> Keyword Talks: A series of random keywords will be projected to stimulate debates and discussion among our guests: Energy, Social Innovation, Ethics, Vision, Sustainability, Luxury, Image, Multidisciplinary, Education, Talents, Strategies, Digital, Time, Design, Boundaries, Style, Beauty, Gender, Artisanal, Languages, Brand, and more

Moderated by: Barbara Trebitsch with the contribution of: Sara Desimoni, Maria Jaber, Gianfranco Olivotto, Marie Pierre Schickel, Course Leaders DA Fashion School.


Gianluca Cantaro, Editor in Chief L’Officiel Italia
Robert Cavell-Clarke, Head of Designers Relations and Scouting, NOT JUST A LABEL
Davide Dallomo, Lagente Founder and Owner
Mario Dell’Oglio, President Camera Nazionale Buyer Moda
Damir Doma, Creative Director
Barbara Franchin, Founder and CEO ITS,  International Talent Support
Amalia Fuschini, Fashion Industry Leader, IBM Italia S.p.A.
Riccardo Grassi,  CEO & Founder Riccardograssi Showroom
Sara Maino,  Senior Editor Vogue Italia and Editor Vogue Talents
Alan Prada, Managing Editor L’Uomo Vogue
Sofia Tchkonia, Founder and CEO BeNext, founder and creative director Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi
Antonio Mancinelli, Chief Editor Marie Claire Italia
Marco Muggiano, Business Development and Communications Director Slowear
Martino Scabbia Guerrini, President Contemporary and Jeanswear Brands, VF International Sagl.

16.30 – 17.00 >> Coffee Break 

17.00 – 18.00 >> Talks and Conclusions


September 22nd, 2015

9.00 – 9.30 >> Welcome coffee

9.30 – 10.00 >> To trace a line for Fashion Education. 

Ian King, Professor of Aesthetics and Management University of the Arts and London College of Fashion and Launch of the next Fashion Colloquia: Francisca Dantas Mendes , Deputy Coordinator of  Undergraduation Textile and Fashion, EACH – School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, USP – University of São Paulo.

10.00 – 13.00 >> Abstract Presentation Session – Presentations of Academics and Professionals from Austria, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, The Netherlands, UK, USA.

10.00 Prof. Ms. Rekha Dar, Pearl Academy – India. “Comprehensive knowledge of ancient,    luxurious, heritage fabrics is required to be imparted in the Fashion/Design schools to preserve and learn.”.

10.10 Suzanne Mancini, Senior Critic – Apparel Department, Rhode Island School of Design – USA.  “Does making inhibit creativity?”.

10.20 Constantin-Felix von Maltzahn, PhD, Amsterdam Fashion Institute – The Netherlands. “Drawing between the lines: The limits of education”.

10.30 Prof. Frankie NG PhD(RCA), MDes(RCA), EMBA(CUHK), FCSD (Chartered), CText FTI (Chartered), FRSA, FHKITA, MDRS, Life HKDA, Assoc. Professor in Fashion and Textile Design / Former Design Chair, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – HK. “Nourishing the Future Generations of Fashion Designers”.

10.40 Dr Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas, Course Leader BA (Hons.) Fashion Marketing, UAL, Teaching Scholar, Senior Fellow HEA, Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion – UK. “Defending our fashion education philosophies: a creative conversation”.

10.50 Tanya Melendez, Senior Curator of education and public programs, The Museum at FIT – USA.  “Fashion Education in the Museum Context: The MFIT Cross-Pollination Workshop”.

11.00 Kevin Hunt, Senior Lecturer in Design and Visual Culture in the School of Art and Design, Yvonne Trew, Masters Course Leader and Principle Lecturer responsible for the   management of MA Fashion Futures courses, Fashion Marketing & Communication and Fashion Business Futures, Nottingham Trent University – UK. “The Fashion Rhizome: An Alternate View of Fashion History and Education”.

11.10 Matthew Gill, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication for Fashion, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University – UK. ” RAW PRINT, An interactive talk with film”.

11.20 Dr. Jure Purgaj, MA, lecturer for Fashion design and Fashion theory, University for teacher education Vienna, Institute for Fashion and Design  Pedagogics, Vienna – Austria. “East and West: The design process in Fashion”

11.30 Emma Pritchard, BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing – UK. “Experiential blended learning, bridging the gap between theory and practice: Higher Education on the brink of a learning revolution”.

11.50 Kelly Cobb, MFA, The University of Delaware – USA.  “On-the-Ground: Integrating Sustainability into the Higher Learning Curriculum through Factory-Floor Experiences”.

12.00 George Bouvier, Executive Director ACADEMIA CEREBRA, London Manchester Florence. “The role of Cognitive and Emotional Management as supporting agents in the professional development of students in the creative/design disciplines”.

12.10 Deep Sagar Verma, Assistant Professor Dept. of Fashion Management Studies (FMS), National Institute of Fashion Technology NIFT , Jodhpur – India. “Fashion: an indicator of Happiness”.

12.30 Dr. Marco Mossinkoff,  lecturer and research fellow, Amsterdam Fashion Institute, University of Applied Sciences. The Netherlands. “Can a smoothy feed fashion marketing education ?”.

12.40 Kathleen Grevers, Senior Critic, Rhode Island School of Design – USA. “IMPACT OF FASHION TRAVEL CLASSES – Northern Italy as the muse for heightening international students multi discipline design processes”.

13.00 – 14.30 >> Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00 >> Film projection The True Cost, about the human and environmental costs of making clothing

16.15 – 17.00 >> Talk and discussion with Marina Spadafora, Ethical Designer.

17.00 – 17.30 >> Conclusion



Domus Academy, invariably staying true to its DNA, heritage and mission to approach fashion as both a social and commercial discipline, is honored to host a two-day event in which a series of presentations will be delivered by an array of international contributors from prestigious institutions around the globe

Since the advent of the dress, the fashion industry has always been driven by dynamism. However, the wheels of change have never moved quite so fast before. The rise of so-called “emotional experiences” have led to Creative Directors becoming CEOs, marketers exerting a fundamental influence on brand design culture, and magazines morphing from information tools into power house brands. The pace of this change is further hastened by digital media, which, in just over a decade, have dramatically changed both the behavior of fashion consumers and how fashion brands manage and design their operations.

Although substantial, these changes are merely the dawn of a pivotal mutation encompassing all disciplines and laying the foundations for new ones. Ethics and sustainability continue to play a leading role in the contemporary scenario, from investigating the welfare of industrial workers, to developing new business models that reduce the industrial footprint, to simply challenging the capitalistic demand for constant growth. Such issues imply an apparent need for a responsible balance between nourishing creativity and maximizing growth. While different approaches are initiated in response such queries, actively participating in these immense changes is becoming increasingly relevant. As educators and practitioners, we feel an urgent need for international debate, in order to implement visions and methods at the heart of this change.

The abstracts represent part of a vast debate, collecting the contributors’ direct experiences and viewpoints on the subject. An even wider discussion, involving industry professionals, journalists, designers, entrepreneurs, managers, curators and talent scouts, will take place during different segments of the event. This dialogue will be directed at stimulating participants to create a three-dimensional, holistic overview from which these changes can be profoundly understood and harnessed for future design and decision-making.


Barbara Trebitsch Head of Domus Academy Fashion School, Fashion Colloquia Milan Curator

Maria Jaber Course Leader of Domus Academy Master in Fashion Management, Fashion Colloquia Milan Team Leader



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