International Conference on Design Principles and Practice – Jan 4-7, 2007

Another amazing conference at London’s Imperial College in Early January. Take a look at one of the paper presentations by Sandy Black, a researcher at the London College of Fashion. (As a side-note I did my study abroad at the London College of Fashion during college and was able to take a class in Fashion PR, as well as visit many costume museums, discover H&M and Zara, and write papers on people like Manolo Blahnik and Zandra Rhodes – ah, those were the days …)

Learn more about the conference.

I would love to see emerging Fashion PR Theory in the US get the support it deserves from PR practitioners and scholars. It would be great to finally see public relations programs, instructors, and publications recognize the wide-reaching influence of fashion and the powerful role of PR in that industry – so that we might get to a level of engaging research that would allow us to meaningfully contribute to conferences like these.

From here:
Fashion and clothing are part of a universal experience, the textile and clothing industries occupying a powerful global position in both economic and socio-cultural terms. It is however under-researched and under-represented academically. Interrogating Fashion is a research cluster, led by Sandy Black, which takes a comprehensive view of fashion in its broadest sense. It was developed during 2005 under the Designing for the 21st Century initiative jointly funded by two UK research councils EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences) and AHRC (Arts and Humanities). The purpose was to establish a much-needed forum for the discussion of issues surrounding fashion today, and to consider new paradigms for design and manufacturing in the industry. It brought together a wide-ranging group of academics and practitioners: fashion and textile designers, artists, industrial designers, technologists, computer and material scientists, cultural theorists, design theorists, marketers, and researchers in industry in order to interrogate fashion, and challenge existing practices and processes within fashion and clothing. The cluster aimed to identify key questions and develop a research agenda for projects which will have genuine impact on both academia and the manufacturing sector, to develop products and processes which will, by design, be inherently more sustainable.
About This Author

Known as the “fashion publicist’s most powerful accessory,” (San Diego Union-Tribune) and the “West Coast ‘It’ girl of fashion PR,” (YFS Magazine) Crosby Noricks put fashion public relations on the digital map when she launched PR Couture in 2006. She is the author of Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR, available on Amazon. Crosby spends her time managing PR Couture and mentoring fashion publicists through PRISM and Instappable, as well as the biannual NYC workshop, Fashion PR Confidential. Occasionally, she opens up limited consulting spots for emerging brands through her signature offering, The Brand Elixir.