Design Intelligence: FASHION

An Event organized by:
DesignBoost, Sweden and Parsons the New School for Design
Wednesday September 19, 2012
9:00am – 4:30pm
Tishman Auditorium
66 W 12th Street

Let’s face it! We are on the wrong track. In a world of global competition, financial crises, environmental pressures, rampant consumerism and rapid technological advancement, the business of fashion is changing quickly. We must learn to adapt, change the rules and play a better game.

We need to take a holistic responsibility, think in creative paths and develop more sustainable business models for the fashion industry of the future. It’s time to bring forward an improved DESIGN INTELLIGENCE with better solutions based on the awareness of important ethical, social and environmental issues.

It’s a joint effort. We can all make a difference by sharing design knowledge.

Design Intelligence: FASHION presents 15 international keynote speakers who share design intelligence with other creative personalities from the international fashion industry and its environs; designers, corporations, organizations, students, educators, journalists, executives, directors, editors, stylists and many more.

Free and open to the public, first come first served.

Schedule of Speakers:


Introduction by Designboost: What is Design Intelligence; FASHION.

Welcome speech by Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons the New School for Design

Inaugural address by Annika Rembe, Director-General, Swedish Institute

Session One

Hazel Clark, research chair of fashion, Parsons the New School for Design
Ulrica Berglund, PhD Student, Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University
Gudrun Sjödén, designer and founder, Gudrun Sjödén
Eric Stubin, owner and CEO, Trans-Americas Textile Recycling Inc

Energizing break

Session Two

Marcus Bergman, head of sustainability, Gina Tricot
Otto von Busch, assistant professor in integrated design, Parsons the New School for Design
Sarah Scaturro, head of the Conservation Laboratory at The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lunch break

Session three

Sabine Seymour, assistant professor in Fashionable Technology, Parsons The New School for Design
Michael Bricker, chief innovator, People for urban progress
Emy Blixt, creative director, designer and founder, Swedish Hasbeens
Martina Arfwidson, owner and president, Face Stockholm

Energizing break

Session four

Rebecca Earley, researcher, MISTRA Future Fashion
Isabel Encinias, consultant in creative direction, Urban Zen
Timo Rissanen, assistant professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability, Parsons The New School for Design


Design Intelligence: FASHION is a collaboration between the Swedish Institute and Designboost. With support by Parsons The New School for Design, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Fashion Center, The Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, Svensk Form, Swedish Trade Council, and fashion brands, organizations and individuals from Sweden and the US.

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