Behind the Seams | Iris van Herpen: The Future of Digital Fashion

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On Monday, November 2, 2015 I joined KTC, the Maven Brand, SOAP Good Creative, and the High Museum of Art for a panel discussion and introduction to the High’s first fashion exhibition, “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion.” General Assembly, an innovative education hub at Ponce City Market, played host to the engaging discussion. Kembo Tom, founder of KTC, lead the conversation with panelists including Sarah Schleuning, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the High Museum of Art, fashion designer Abbey Glass, digital manufacturer Anastasia Nicole, as well as Regina Weir and Rosa Thurnher, co-founders of Factory Girls ATL.

The evening began with remarks from Sarah Schleuning. Schleuning offered attendees a first look at Transforming Fashion as she shared details of her selection process and highlighted the High Museum’s commitment to and support of fashion as a creative art form. The ensuing panel discussion focused on the challenges Atlanta’s burgeoning fashion industry faces as well as the potential it holds for emerging fashion designers. Panelists and attendees, whose varying disciplines truly exemplify the depth and breath of talent in Atlanta, sustain an optimistic outlook regarding the vision of Atlanta to serve as a viable home for the business of fashion.

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Photo credit: KTC ATL