Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fashionspeak 2014

This past October I had the opportunity to present at Fashionspeak 2014.  My boss at Lear Corporation and I conducted a 70 minute workshop in front of an audience of over 200 people.  We talked about what we do as automotive fabric designers, and how fashion influences our work.  I never imagined that my education in fashion design would lead to a career in the automotive industry.  We hoped to show the audience, especially the students, that design skills can be transferable, and inspire them to possibly try something out of their comfort zone.

Jeanette and I presenting

It was such an honor to be included to speak with such established fashion professionals.  Designer Tracy Reese spoke about her impressive fashion career, from growing up in Detroit to dressing the first lady of the United States. It was such an inspiration to hear about the success of a fellow Detroiter!

Fashion designer Tracy Reese
Malina Joseph Gilchrist, editor of T Magazine, spoke about how to get your product or service in front of editors.  She stressed the importance of having a strong point of view as a designer in order to stand out in the heavily saturated fashion industry.

Malina Joseph Gilchrist, editor of T Magazine

My good friend Rachel Lutz owner of The Peacock Room in Detroit spoke about branding.  She talked about how important authenticity is when you're developing your brand, because people love to connect on a personal level.

Rachel, myself, and Jeanette

Full audience!
 A big thanks to The Detroit Garment Group Guild for putting on a spectacular event!  I had a wonderful time with old and new friends.  It's so exciting to be a part of the Detroit fashion scene as it develops.

DG3 president Karen Buchemi speaking


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