The Fashion Colloquia conferences were created in early 2011 and were originally connected by an idea to employ the “big four” fashion weeks’ as a catalyst to challenge the understanding regarding the value of fashion across the globe.
The latest event of the second series was organized in Rome at Accademia Costume & Moda, with its theme – Disrupting and Innovation. This being an appropriate topic as it reflects on the idea that the fashion world is currently at an important crossroads. The links with history and the desire to play a role in the future have made Rome the perfect location to call for the industry to take on a new sense of responsibility. The systems and processes which dominated our understanding of fashion in the past are now in a state of disruption and we need to look forward to a different future.
Heritage, History, Tradition, Craftsperson/Maker, Industry, Costume and Fashion Interface, Performance, Language, Haute Couture, Accessories, Made in Italy, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, Design Research, Industry Disruption were the keywords that the speakers that have presented their ideas and abstract have investigated in relation to the theme.
A number of presentations aimed at offering the participants a wide international vision within the subject. The panels “Predicting the future of fashion, heritage as a took”, “On fashion Curating, heritage and disruption” and the keynote speech by Valerie Steele completed a discussion that did not end with this event, but aimed at stimulating a wider discussion in a very particular moment in Fashion, both as a social and industrial phenomenon.