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In Conversation: Hazel Clark and Li Edelkoort

Thu, May 11, 2017

In 2015, fashion trend forecaster and authority Li Edelkoort declared “the end of Fashion as we know it,” and in her “manifesto for the next decade” provided “ten reasons why the fashion system is obsolete.” In doing so, Edelkoort echoed a sentiment shared by fashion industry insiders, journalists, pundits, and scholars alike. Organized in conjunction with MAD’s exhibition fashion after Fashion, this program features a conversation about the contemporary state of fashion between Edelkoort and exhibition curator Hazel Clark.

This event takes place as part of NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design. #NYCxDESIGN

Hazel Clark is Professor of Design Studies and Fashion Studies at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, where she is currently Research Chair of Fashion. Building on a degree in fine arts and a Ph.D in design history, her scholarship has focused on uncovering new perspectives, cultures and geographies for the study of fashion and design internationally. Her collaborative publications include Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion (2005), The Fabric of Cultures: Fashion, Identity, and Globalization (2009), Design Studies: A Reader (2009), Fashion and Everyday Life: London and New York (2017), and the forthcoming Fashion Curating: In the Museum and Beyond. She has served as a professional consultant and a media fashion expert.

Li Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters and colorists, famous for her inspirational seminars and on-point trend books, which are sold to companies in diverse industries from Armani to Zegna. Edelkoort is an intuitive thinker who constantly travels the planet tracking how socio-cultural trends evolve to influence concepts, colors, materials, products, and services. She is also a publisher, humanitarian, educator, and exhibition curator. In 2011, Edelkoort launched an interactive online trend forum called Since 2015, Edelkoort has served as the Dean of Hybrid Studies at The New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York City.

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