Threading the Needle Design Conference, Thursday December 3rd

Threading the Needle: The Future of Fashion Design Conference

Fashion Research Institute  invites you to attend Threading the Needle: The Future of Fashion Design, the first virtual world-based fashion design conference in history.

Please join us on Thursday, December 3rd from 8 am – 5 pm EDT at this free conference for fashion design students and new designers.

Threading the Needle gathers eight fashion industry thought leaders to present their views on a range of topics aimed at a global audience of new  fashion designers and fashion educators. These engaging speakers will be discussing everything form managing your fashion career, to new paradigms in educating design students and designers in innovative ways.  Attendees may attend one or all of the sessions, simply register in advance for the conference to assure your space.

Conference speakers include:

Lynn Furge, Creative Director, Nolcha “Image is Everything

Fiona Jenvey, CEO, Mudpie
Consideration: Female S/S 2011 Trend Report

Beth Harris, Director of Digital Learning, MOMA-NYC and
Steven Zucker, Dean of Graduate Studies, FIT, “The Future of Education: What Will Open, Three-Dimensional Learning Look Like?”

Crosby Noricks, Founder, PR Couture in a conversation with Harper Beresford

Suzie Norris-Reeves, FHEA, Head of School, Southampton Solent University, “Exploring Innovative Pedagogy in a Virtual World

Elaine Polvinen, Professor & Coordinator – Fashion Textile Technology, Buffalo State University
“Remaining Relevant: Multidimensional Education for Fashion

Michiel Thissen, Founder, Mythos Consultancy, “Tips for a Successful Fashion Career

Shenlei Winkler, CEO, Fashion Research Institute
Keynote: “Virtual Worlds and Fashion Design Education

In addition to the presentation track, additional displays will be available for conference attendees to visit.  These include a virtual fashion installation with fashions created by the Fashion Research Institute’s student interns; booths and displays about programs from other fashion industry organizations; and exhibits about fashion history.

The trendy conference architecture is being provided by The ARCH Techwork. Hosting and hardware for the event are being graciously provided by Intel Corporation with additional support from Intel Labs.  Threading the Needle is a HASTAC@ event. The conference is being presented and sponsored by Fashion Research Institute.

The conference is free for all attendees; registration closes at midnight ET on December 2nd.  To register, please visit the conference web site.  For more information, please email admin @ or visit the conference web site,

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