BOARD OF HONORS | 2002-2020
The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a 501(c) (3), public, non-profit organization, linking both academics and professionals alike and is dedicated in fostering international cultural exchange through the creation of a variety of educational programs meant to facilitate critical thinking and advance the field of fashion among artists, designers, scholars and students. The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design process in fashion and the arts linked to it.
The Arts of Fashion Foundation is the First American organization to bring together emerging fashion designers from around the world to share and celebrate creativity in Fashion.
The Arts of Fashion Foundation International Fashion Student Competition was created in December of 2001 as the American extension of the world renowned Concours International des Jeunes Créateurs de Mode. This global fashion design student contest - sponsored by Air France and Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, was introduced in Japan in 1982 and eventually moved to France. In 2006, Paris stopped hosting the competition, and the Arts of Fashion Foundation undertook the task of hosting this event but in the United States, with support of the YKK Corporation by 2007.
With the inception of the U.S. segment of the foundation, Nathalie Doucet, a fashion design professor and designer, chosen as the director (2001), introduced seminars, lectures, debates, and hands-on workshops to the competition, making the annual Arts of Fashion Symposium an extraordinarily rich fashion event. Each year, an honorary president is chosen by the foundation, and new lecturers, from the different facets of fashion design are brought in to share their experiences with the attendees. However the Arts of Fashion Foundation had entered into a new era in 2007, with the competition growing from a national one, to becoming instead an international showcase of talent and a week long fashion symposium with seminars, fashion shows, and awards ceremony. Since then and every year, prizes are offered, including four-week scholarships in partnership with prestigious institutions such as Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré in Paris (2008), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels La Cambre in Brussels (2009), and the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs, in the Louvre Palace since 2010, as well as apprenticeships in creative fashion design Houses such as Anne-Valerie Hash, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Veronique Branquinho, Manish Arora, Maison Lesage, Maison Lemarié, and Maison Montex, part of Les Métiers d'art-Chanel.
From the very beginning, (2002), the Tandem-Series - launched with Didier Grumbach, President of Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode at the University of Cincinnati - provides an open dialogue amongst the guest speakers, professionals, faculty members and students, and is constantly addressing the challenges and opportunities of the fashion industry. Soon after, the CarteBlanche-Series (2004) was introduced at Oklahoma State University, giving room to exhibit the works of students, and designers from around the world. This series allows designers to present their designs on runway, or set up mounted exhibitions in host galleries and museums. In 2005, the Symposium MasterClass-Series were first initiated to great success in San Francisco, offering to candidates selected to the competition and local students the option of working intensively during 5 days under the direction of world-renowned designers. The Fashion-Edu-Series - launched in 2008 at North Texas University - and is aimed at the educational community, incorporating and addressing current issues facing the academia, and the fashion and design education programs globally.
The Arts of Fashion Foundation celebrated 10 years of promoting creativity, innovative design and cutting edge fashion of emerging designers and students from around the world on October 29-30, 2011 at the inspiring and iconical San Francisco Art Institute. Steven Kolb, CEO of Council of Fashion Designer of America, joined the group of jurors and participated in the Tandem-Series. Since then, the annual Fashion symposium is successfully held in San Francisco at the end of October. The year 2018 - with the theme Transgression - marked the 13th anniversary of the International Arts of Fashion Competition in the United States, bringing a new stunning collaboration with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on December 17.
In 2020, following the deterioration of the health situation, quarantines, and travel restrictions all over the world and the uncertainty of having a traditional fashion show in December in San Francisco, a collegial decision was taken at the end of the summer. The final presentation of the Arts of Fashion Competition 2020 - with the theme Invisibility - was maintained but hold and documented in Paris, the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs, in the Louvre Palace, under strict sanitary guidelines. On December 15, the 8 awarded young designers were announced. Over these unprecedented times, and since April 2020, interviews have been conducted, and documents and finalists work collected, to be compliled as a documentary film, retracing this unique edition .
ARTS OF FASHION COMPETITION AWARDED CANDIDATES | 2002-2020
Jo Eun A, 2011
Dong-Eun Kim, 2003
Johanna Pascual, 2003 - 04 - 05
ARTS OF FASHION 4-WEEK MASTERCLASS CANDIDATES | 2008-2020
Heidi Ackerman, Brussels 2008
Isa Kaufman, Paris 2010
Jesus Rohena, Paris 2008
Amy Sarabi, Paris 2008 | - AOF
Brendan Smith, Paris 2014 | - AOF
Iva Solilova, Paris 2010 | - AOF
Chaewon Song, Paris 2019
Eunjin Song, Paris 2011 | - AOF
Melissa Stowe, Brussels 2009
Claudio Suarez Davio, Paris 2014
Magnhild Sundland, Paris 2013
Nika Tang, Brussels 09-Paris 10-11
Hillary Tobler, Paris 2014
Allen Tram, Brussels 2008
Uyen Tran, Paris 2017
Ed Tung, Paris 2008
Santiago Utima, Paris 2013 | - AOF
Isabel Varela, Paris 2008
Mariana Vanegas, Paris 2014 | - AOF
Marilia Viera, Brussels-Paris 08
FengChen Wang, Paris 2011 | - AOF
Gabriella Wells, Paris 2017
Brandon Wen, Paris 2010
Kartika Wijaya, Paris 2016
Rebecca Wolfrum, Paris 2008
Yanchen Yao, Paris 2016
Yanting Yao, Paris 2016
Mayuni Yamamoto, Paris 2008
Yao Yu, Paris 2014
Chi-Lai C. Yuen, Brussels 2009 | - AOF
Chenghui Zhang, Paris 2014/15
Xiaotian Zhang, Paris 2012 | - AOF
Xiaohan Zhou, Paris 2017
*AOF - Awarded Students from the International Arts of Fashion Student Competition, who received the AOF Scholarship
HOST SCHOOLS & INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED | 2002-2020
2002 - LOVE | 1st Jury - University of Cincinnati | Semi Final - University of Cincinnati | Final - Paris
2003 - TRADITION & MODERNITY | 1st Jury - Parsons The New School for Design, NY | Semi Final - Suki Gallery| Final - Paris
2004 - SUSTAINABILITY | 1st Jury - Philadelphia University | Semi Final - Oklahoma State University | Final - Paris
2005 - ART & INDUSTRY | 1st Jury - Virginia Commonwealth Uni. | Semi Final - California College of the Arts | Final - Paris
2006 - BODY & MIND | 1st Jury - Parsons The New School for Design, NY | Final - University of North Texas
2007 - CONFUSION | 1st Jury - DeYoung Museum | Symposium - Miami International University of Art & Design
2008 - INFLUENCE | 1st Jury - Pratt Institute, NY | Symposium - San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art
2009 - ILLUSION | 1st Jury - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, LA (FIDM) | Symposium - Drexel University
2010 - UNTRENDY | 1st Jury - Fashion Institute of Technology, NY | Symposium - Art Institute of California & SF Bently Reserve
2011 - TENSION | 1st Jury - San Francisco State University| Symposium - San Francisco Art Institute
2012 - TRANSPARENCY | 1st Jury - DeYoung Museum | Symposium - San Francisco Art Institute
2013 - RESILIENCE | 1st Jury & Fashion.EDU - Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Symposium - SF Bently Reserve
2014 - PERSPECTIVES | 1st Jury & Fashion.EDU - Fashion Inst. of Technology, NY | Symposium - Stanford Arts Inst. & SF Bently Reserve
2015 - TRANSLATION | 1st Jury - DeYoung Museum | Symposium - SF Public Library & SF Bently Reserve
2016 - UNEQUAL | 1st Jury - Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico | Symposium - SF Public Library & SF Bently Reserve
2017 - DISPLACEMENT | 1st Jury - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, SF (FIDM) | Symposium - 555 California
2018 - TRANSGRESSION | 1st Jury - Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris | Symposium - Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
2019 - VERTICALITY | 1st Jury - Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Marrakech | Symposium - Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
2020 - INVISIBILITY | 1st Jury - Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris | Final - Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
2021 - MOMENTUM | 1st Jury - Musée Balenciaga, Guetari (TBA) | Symposium - Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (TBA)
BOARD OF OFFICERS
Finance and Marketing, Management - San Francisco, CA
Chairperson of the Host Committee of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.
Creative Director, Professor and Consultant - San Francisco, CA
Director of Collaborative Educational Initiatives & Research of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.
Design Producer, Packaging, Apple - San Francisco, CA
Manager of Marketing & Communication of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.
Interior Architect, Set and Product Designer, P-H-Consulting - San Francisco, CA
Treasurer of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.
Creative Director, Print and Design Consultant - New York, NY
Director of the Debut & ShowRoom - Series of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.
Movies Director, Co-Owner of FoundArtProductions - Brooklyn, NY
Director of the CineToile - Series of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Dr. Katherine Bourguignon
Dr. Angelo Miatello
More than ever before, the fashion industry at the global scale is ruled by mass corporations who turn fashion into mere product for mass consumption. Motives are dictated by short-term profitability, thus undervaluing creativity, innovation, and craftsmanship.
One of the challenges for the American fashion industry as well as for the design education resides in the adoption of a copyright law for fashion design. Even if the passing of such a law can only help to end the productions of copycats and to diminish the piracy industry, young professionals will access to the creative positions that they deserve and to be recognized for their work. This copyright law will also stimulate and secure creative minds to develop their own designs and to be creative and independent. The United States could ride the crest of a new revolutionary fashion, fueled by the creative potential of their young designers.
This will help to make a change in a culture of appropriation, giving to the American fashion industry a true perspective for the future:
Corporations will not only be pushed to rethink and regulate their current standards of copyright in order to avoid any litigation action or negative publicity but this law will encourage them to invest and work with true designers rather than looking for trends and shopping for ideas. Students will have to learn how to develop their own creative potential. Schools and Universities will have to review curriculum and adjust their way of teaching fashion design.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart and essential leitmotive contribution to the success of the organisation with opening of multiple programs, completely independent and neutral, regardless of nationality, gender, race, sexual or religious orientation for their participants.
The annual symposium works with more over 120 international schools and universities from at the least 30 countries and in a one-year long based competition; 50 semi-finalists participate in a fashion show whereby 8 awarded students receive professional apprenticeships and scholarships. This symposium also offers two lecture series: Fashion.edu examines the future of design education, and Tandem-Series spotlights innovative business practices.
Programs also incorporate cross-disciplinary boundaries reflecting to the meaning of all the Arts of Fashion and its numerous fields. Exclusive collaborations have been established not only with prestigious museal institutions such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, but also with the excellence of the Haute Couture craftsmanship, allowing students to work on their own project in collaboration with iconic crafts such as the embroiderers Maison Lesage and Maison Montex, Maison Lemarié and pleaters from Lognon, all part of Les Métiers d’art - Chanel.
Such experimental educative programs - combinaison of a heavy mix of know how, craft and techniques - with transmission of a true reservoir for creativity that fashion carries, and since its very beginnings - will not have been possible without the dedication of inspirational creative profiles: “designer for designer”. Genuine personalities make a huge impression on students and play a very important role in their fashion career development, transfusing them some complex ideas and contemporary concepts while sharing their own design process as well as their precious network. This impact is paramount on the way students, educators, and entrepreneurs are rethinking the future fashion industry while they go on to serve as positive agents of change.
Nathalie Doucet - Arts of Fashion Foundation's President - 01/18/2018
The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3), public, non-profit organization, linking both academics and professionals alike and is dedicated in fostering international cultural exchange through the creation of a variety of educational programs meant to facilitate critical thinking and advance the field of fashion among artists, designers, scholars and students.The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design process in fashion and the arts linked to it.