Vince Aletti is a critic and curator who reviewed photography exhibitions for The New Yorker’s Goings on About Town section from 2005 to 2016. Prior to this, Aletti was the photography critic for the Village Voice for twenty years, and the paper’s art editor from 1994 to 2005. Today, he writes a regular column about photography books for Photograph Magazine and a monthly This Is Not a Fashion Photograph column for Italian Vogue. He also contributes to other publications occasionally. Aletti has curated exhibitions in New York, London and Lausanne, and was an Adjunct Curator at the International Center of Photography in 2009. In 2019, Aletti published Issues: A History of Photography in Fashion Magazines, based on his own prolific private magazine collection.
Sarah Andelman is a creative consultant and curator. After finishing her art studies at Êcole du Louvre and an internship at Purple Magazine, in 1997, Andelman founded the iconic Parisian concept store colette alongside her mother Colette Roussaux. Andelman filled the position as Creative Director until the store closed its doors in 2017, planning thousands of window displays, curating more than 200 gallery exhibits and initiating exclusive collaborations with major brands. Since 2017, she has been the head of creative consulting agency Just an Idea, working with practitioners from various disciplines and a diverse selection of brands. Andelman is currently also working on her own book publishing projects.
Isabella Burley is an editor and creative consultant. Burley currently holds the position of Editor-in-Chief at Dazed & Confused, a position she was appointed in 2015, at the age of 24. She is also the departing Editor-in-Residence of Helmut Lang, where she was brought in to revive the label with her sharp visual and editorial approach. Burley began working in fashion at the age of 17, on the retail floor of Dover Street Market in London. After high school, whilst working as a fashion assistant, she discovered her passion for writing and began the freelance career that eventually led her to Dazed & Confused. In 2020, Burley curated the photography exhibition "365 Days of Pasenau" and launched Climax Books, a distributor of hard-to-find publications on overlooked art, photography and counterculture.
Carmen Busquets is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor, and an early champion of the fashion-tech space. In 1990, Busquets opened a fashion boutique in her native Venezuela, quickly realizing her high fashion business relied on her utilizing her international network. Busquets consequently became one of the first professional investors in luxury e-commerce, and in 1999, she became a founding investor and co-founder of Net-a-Porter. Her current portfolio includes The Business of Fashion, Moda Operandi, Farfetch and Cult Beauty. As of today, an estimated 10,000 jobs have been created from Busquets’ investments.
Cecilia Dean is co-founder of the independent publication VISIONAIRE, a unique hybrid of a limited fashion magazine and a conceptual artist book. The publication was launched in 1991, and Dean oversees it to this day. She also manages related projects in film, online content, public art, immersive experiences and brand activations as part of the VISIONAIRE venture. Dean has formerly worked full-time as a model, for the likes of Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. She has also been a visiting professor at Parsons School of Design for over a decade and lectured extensively in New York, Seoul, Hamburg, Istanbul, Beijing, Moscow and São Paulo. In 2019, Dean headed the launch of VISIONAIRE’s new experimental cultural agency in China.
Reni Folawiyo is the founder and CEO of Alára, a contemporary African concept store of fashion and design in Lagos, Nigeria. Falowiyo graduated as a lawyer in 1986 and practiced law for ten years, before deciding to pursue her passion for creative expression. Prior to founding Alára, Folawiya established a collective of creatives, bringing artists and fashion designers together, and a studio that went on to produce both artisanal and commercial products. Alára, founded in 2015 as the first of its kind in West-Africa, now houses some of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle luxury brands. In 2019, Folawiyo launched the Emerge Alára Awards to celebrate young African talent.
Akiko Fukai is a curator of fashion and textile arts, currently working as the Director and Curator Emeritus of the Kyoto Costume Institute. Fukai has a master’s degree in fashion history from the National University of Ochanomizu, and studied Art History at Paris-Sorbonne University. In 2004 Fukai received an honorary doctoral degree from her alma mater, and she has since lectured at universities in both Shizuoka and Tokyo. Fukai has organized several major fashion exhibitions in Japan, London, Paris and New York, usually focusing on the fashion history of her native Japan. She received the 39th Society for the Study of Japonism Award and published her most recent book Kimono Refashioned: Japan’s Impact on International Fashion in 2018.
Angela Hill is a publisher and photographer, and the co-founder and co-director of the book wholesaler and publishing house Idea Books. Hill comes from a fashion background, having worked for Comme des Garçons and Browns, and ended up pursuing a career in photography. She and her husband David Owen began curating and selling books in the early 2000’s, having always collected extra copies of their favourite publications. Idea Books quickly became the industry’s go-to for rare, out-of-print publications on fashion, art, design and architecture. Today Idea Books is present in leading concept stores in London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Paris, and the publishing house has more than 400,000 followers on their Instagram, using it to sell a curated selection of publications.
Kimberly Jenkins is the founder of Fashion and Race Database and the Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies at the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. She has previously lectured at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. As an educator, Jenkins has specialized in fashion history and theory, and has become known for designing the elective course and exhibition entitled Fashion and Race. Her insight and expertise on cultural awareness in fashion has led Jenkins to collaborations with Gucci, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. She has also shared her insights at SXSW and Google HQ. In 2017 Jenkins launched the online Fashion and Race Database, filled with open-source tools to expand the narrative of fashion history.
Terry Jones MBE is a graphic designer, art director and book- and magazine-editor. Jones began his career as Art Director of Vanity Fair and British Vogue in the early 1970’s. After leaving Vogue in 1977, Jones established his own studio, Instant Design, and continued working as an Art Director and Creative Consultant for numerous books, exhibitions, magazines, advertising campaigns and television projects. In 1980, Jones co-founded i-D Magazine, which presented an alternative view of fashion and has influenced the magazine industry to this day. Jones has written and edited several i-D related books, and in 2017 he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to fashion and popular culture.
Harold Koda is a curator and author, and the former Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His internationally acclaimed approach transformed the museological interpretation of fashion. Since 1980, Koda has curated over fifty exhibitions - primarily during his tenure at the Fashion Institute of Technology and The Costume Institute, but also at the Guggenheim Museum, The Bass Museum and other, smaller galleries. His work has been awarded by The Costume Society of America as well as the Association Internationale de Critiques d’Art. Koda is also the author and co-author of twenty books, and lectures widely. In 2016, he was awarded the Pratt Fashion Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pratt Institute.
Steven Kolb is Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Kolb holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and an honorary doctorate of the Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University. Kolb oversees all operations of the 500 designers organized in the CFDA, and also manages the associations memberships, activities and philanthropic efforts; such as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, disaster relief funds and HIV/AIDS initiatives. In his role, Kolb has also helped cultivate emerging American fashion talent, and under his guidance, the CFDA Fashion Awards have become the preeminent spotlight on American fashion. In 2020 Kolb foresaw the challenges of live fashion shows in a time of social distancing, and led the CFDA to launch the digital platform RUNWAY360.
Shala Monroque is a creative consultant, content developer and curator. Her early work includes art advising at The Gagosian Gallery and the position of Editor-at-Large of Pop Magazine. Monroque filled the role as Creative Director of Garage Magazine from 2011 to 2014, working closely with artists such as Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, Anna Craycroft and Hedi Slimane. Monroque also served as a consultant with Prada for three years. Through the years, she has contributed to Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, served as a Co-Chair for the New York Public Library Gala Event and graced magazine covers and Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List. Monroque walked in the Chloé Fashion Week 2020 show, alongside other female creatives.
Antwaun Sargent is a writer and critic, appearing in The New York Times, New Yorker, New York Review of Books, W, Vogue and other publications. Sargent has also contributed to museum and gallery publications with essays on artists like Ed Clark, Mickalene Thomas, Arthur Jafa, Deborah Roberts and Yinka Shonibare. Sargent has lectured at Harvard and Yale universities and co-organized a number of exhibitions, including "The Way We Live Now" at Aperture and the traveling exhibition "Young, Gifted and Black." In 2019, he released his first book, The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, addressing the transformation taking place in today’s fashion and art scene.
Carla Sozzani is a gallerist, publisher and former fashion editor. She is also President of the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa. Sozzani began working as an editor for several fashion magazines while obtaining a degree in Economy at the Bocconi University in Milan, eventually editing Italian Vogue’s special issues, American Vogue and the Italian edition of Elle. In 1990, Sozzani founded Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan, mostly focusing on photography and art, but the gallery was eventually augmented by a bookshop, a fashion and design store, a café, a hotel and a rooftop garden. This new concept, 10 Corso Como, pioneered a new model of blending fashion, food, art, music and design, creating a union of culture and commerce. The 10 Corso Como concept has also been launched at two venues in Seoul. In 2019, Sozzani opened a new cultural space in Paris, through the Fondazione Sozzani.
Luis Venegas is a creative director, editor and publisher of Fanzine137, EY!, C☆ndy Transversal, The Printed Dog and The Intim Mates News Paper. Venegas has pursued personal publishing projects since 2004, and releases his magazines as limited editions in selected retailers around the world. Venegas has also worked on projects with brands like Gucci, Loewe and JW Anderson as a creative director, a capsule collection with Acne Studios, perfume launches for Puig/Carolina Herrera and collaborations with Levi’s and Eytys. In 2020, Venegas released The Candy Book of Transversal Creativity with Rizzoli, showcasing the last decade of C☆ndy Transversal publications.
Myriam Ben Salah is a curator and writer, named as the executive director and chief curator of the Renaissance Society in Chicago. Ben Salah is currently also the Editor-in-Chief of Kaleidoscope Magazine. She has previously worked at Palais the Tokyo, been a Curator-in-Residence at Fahrenheit in Los Angeles. Ben Salah sits on the jury of Beirut Art Residency, SAM Art Project in Paris and the Onassis Foundation Residency in Athens.
Makayla Bailey is a writer and curator. Bailey is currently a joint curatorial fellow between MoMA and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her work includes The Studio Museum of Harlem’s first digital exhibition, Hearts in Isolation and MoMa’s This Longing Vessel, and has been featured in, amongst others, Artforum and Harper’s Bazaar. Bailey’s current research traverses environment and black excess.
Alexandra Cunningham Cameron is currently the Curator of Contemporary Design and Hintz Secretarial Scholar at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Cameron is the former Editor-in-Chief of independent art journal The Miami Rail, and Creative Director of the Design Miami fairs. Amongst other projects, she organized Willi Smith: Street Couture, the first exhibition, monograph and digital archive dedicated to the late American fashion designer.
Ina Delcourt is the former International Press Director of Hermès, starting in 1997 and holding the position for two decades. Delcourt started her fashion career in Japan in 1981, initially as the press representative for Comme des Garçons in Tokyo, and later in Paris. In 1996, Delcourt became the Communication Director for Jil Sander in Hamburg. During her years in the fashion communication field, Delcourt was in charge of Comme des Garçons’ “Mode et Photo” exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as the Jil Sander & Mario Merz Pavilion during the Firenze Art and Fashion Biennale i 1996.
Femke de Vries is an artist, fashion researcher and the co-founder of Warehouse, a place for clothes in context in Amsterdam. Her work explores the interaction between clothing as material objects of use, and fashion as a process of value production. De Vries has published two books, Fashioning Value - Undressing Ornament and Dictionary Dressings, lectures at various universities and has developed specialized educational programs in the field of fashion research.
Maurin Dietrich is the current Director of Kunstverein München, and the c-founder of FRAGILE in Berlin. She has previously worked four years as a curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, for the 9th Berlin Biennale, and the Berlin- and Tel Aviv-based residency program Schir Concepts. Dietrich has also been a visiting lecturer at the Master’s Program at the University of Art in Berlin.
Yoshiko Edström is the founder of Edström Office, a consultancy office with a vision of integrating sales and PR for foreign companies in the Japanese market. Edström began working for Maison Martin Margiela in 1992, where she served as the Promotion Manager and Sales Manager for about fifteen years. Since founding her eponymously named consultancy in 2008, she has leveraged her international experience through client consultancy and involvement in planning and managing collection presentations in both Paris and London. Today, Edström Office has over twenty clients across Europe, the United States and Japan on its roster.
Hanne Eide is a fashion historian and theorist who was recently appointed Curator for Fashion and Dress at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway. Eide has previously worked as a freelance curator, editor, writer and lecturer. Her work often centres around the transnational history of the fashion business and the history of cultural industries. Eide is currently managing the partnership and collaborative projects between the National Museum and International Library of Fashion Research.
Shelley Fox is the Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, and the founding Director of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons School of Design in New York from 2008 – 2021. She previously held the prestigious position of Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins in London from 2000-2014. She is also an award-winning designer and has created numerous experimental and innovative clothing collections that were sold internationally at key retail outlets. Her work has been included in over 45 prestigious exhibitions across the world, as well as published in over 30 books and 14 exhibition catalogues broadly across fashion, design, and art journals, as well as academic publications.
Laura Gardner is an editor, lecturer and co-publisher of Mode and Mode. Gardner holds a PhD from RMIT University, and her research focuses on the methodologies of experimental fashion publishing in proximity to other creative fields. She currently lectures at the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT, in addition to being a freelance writer and editor.
Francesca Gavin is an editor, writer and curator. Gavin is the author of seven books, Editor of LIMBO Magazine and a Contributing Editor at Financial Times How to Spend It, Twin, Good Trouble, Beauty Papers and Kaleidoscope Magazine. She co-curated Manifesta11 and has created exhibitions at Somerset House and Palais de Tokyo. Gavin also hosts a monthly art and music radio show on NTS Radio called Rough Version.
Tiffany Godoy is an author, fashion editor for print and online and a TV host. Godoy is recognized as an expert on Japanese street fashion, and is the co-founder of The Reality Show Entertainment and Editor-in-Chief of a related Instagramazine. Godoy writes a monthly column for the Japanese fashion publication Spur and hosts The Anthropology Podcast.
Floris Goeminne is an independent researcher on the intersection of Belgian fashion, temporal philosophy and virtual reality. Goeminne recently graduated from the Royal University of Ghent, receiving an MA in Art History. His most recent research is aimed at critically assessing the fashion theory surrounding Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela, and studying the virtual world’s ability to shift and shape fashion space and discourse.
Geir Haraldseth is a curator, currently co-curating a survey show of the Norwegian contemporary art scene - the inaugural exhibition for the new National Museum in Norway, opening in 2021. Haraldseth has an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, and his previous positions include Director of Rogaland Kunstsenter, contributing editor of Wallet and curator at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. He is appointed co-curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2022.
Yusuf Hassan is a publisher, archivist and the founder of BlackMass Publishing. Hassan holds publications at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Langston Hughes Library, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Houghton Library and The Whitney Museum Library. He has contributed to a wide range of projects and is interested in facilitating conversations while fostering a community through print.
Didier Lerebours is the Head of Business Operations at consulting media firm Silent Wall. Lerebours studied Graphic Design at UQAM Design School in Montreal, and has several years of experience in all aspects of operation within the media landscape. This includes featuring in the Monocle Business Briefing program and working with brands like A24, Airbnb, Arizona Tea and Visvim.
David Lieske is an artist and writer, and the co-founder of Dial Records and 299792458 m/s Magazine. He also co-founded the New York-based Mathew Gallery in 2011. Lieske’s work includes written projects, photographs, films and installations, and has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe and the US. 299792458 m/s Magazine is currently on its second issue.
Matthew Linde is a fashion exhibition-maker and researcher. Linde’s recent exhibitions include apparel at Neon Parc, Passageways: On Fashion’s Runway at Kunsthalle Bern and Dress Rehearsal at the 9th Berlin Biennale, and his writing has appeared in several international publications. Linde is a PhD candidate at the School of Fashion & Textiles at RMIT University, due to complete in 2020, and is about to publish his forthcoming book, apparel.
Recho Omondi is a designer, brand consultant and public speaker. She studied design and patternmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design and founded her own label, OMONDI in 2015. Recho has lectured at Parsons New School of Design, Central Saint Martins and consults for fashion brands and design education institutions. She is the host The Cutting Room Floor, an intimate fashion podcast connecting the network of the industry. The show has been featured on WWD, SSENSE, HIGHSNOBIETY and GRAZIA.
Emwhi Nguyen is a designer and art director, and co-founder of New Reader, an online library that organizes books by people. As an art director, she works with brands to progress culture, and she has created campaigns that have been covered by more than a hundred international news outlets. Nguyen is currently building a studio based in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Marco Pecorari is Assistant Professor and Program Director of the MA in Fashion Studies at Parsons Paris where he teaches and conducts research on Fashion History and Theory. His research focuses on the politics of archives and museums, exploring the intersections of critical theory, fashion media, performance and heritage. He is author of Fashion Remains: Rethinking Fashion Ephemera in the Archive (Bloomsbury, 2021) which explores fashion ephemera such as invitations, catalogs, and press releases and their role in documenting the creative tensions, aesthetic affinities, disciplinary relationships, and commissions within the fashion industry. In 2019, he co-founded the festival and publication Printing Fashion.
Eli Rosenbloom is a designer and publisher, and the co-founder of the online library New Reader. Rosenbloom has previously served as Art Director for Visionaire. His output spans in-depth interviews with political figures, print production for artists, and publication design for fashion houses. Rosenbloom has worked with brands like Raf Simons, Louis Vuitton and Samsung.
Patrick Scallon is a respected and long-standing professional in luxury & fashion communications with significant media, institutional, artistic and commercial reach. Formerly an in-house Communications Art Director and Communications Director with Maison Martin Margiela 1994 - 2008 and Dries Van Noten 2008 - 2022 he now operates internationally as an independent consultant to the fashion, luxury, and lifestyle sectors. Sparking and shaping creative energy, content and narrative using creative endeavour to achieve and maintain brand positioning. He has initiated and driven many collaborative opportunities for branding and creative excellence across Europe, the USA, and Asia. Scallon is a recipient of the French honour of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to fashion in France, decorated in 2019.
Kwamé Sorrell is an artist and poet, and a founding member of BlackMass Publishing. Sorrell holds a BA in Anthropology and Art History from the City University of New York, and has published exhibition catalogue essays and academic texts. His work often centres around contemporary art and culture, with a global focus on artists of color.
Ashley Stewart is the Director at the global gallery Gagosian. Stewart received her Master’s Degree in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. She has previously held the position of Director of Sale at Salon 94, and worked with the sales and exhibitions teams at David Zwirner Gallery. Stewart Currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Arts Guild.
Matthew Tsang is currently the Creative Director of David Zwirner Gallery and David Zwirner Books. Tsang has previously worked on major advertising campaigns, exhibitions and visual identity projects in the cultural sectors. This work involves brands like UNIQLO, JW. Anderson, SSENSE, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Adidas and Apple. Tsang has also done photography and design direction for CR Fashion Book and MOLD Magazine.
Jeppe Ugelvig is a curator, critic and theorist. Ugelvig’s research focuses on histories and theories of cultural production, particularly in the intersection of art and fashion. He has lectured at Central Saint Martins, FIT, NYU and Istituto Marangoni, and functions as the associate editor of Wallet and the founding editor of Viscose. In 2020, Ugelvig published his first book, Fashion Work: 25 Years of Art in Fashion.
Nikolaas Verstraeten (1999) is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in the feud between the visual and the literary. Driven primarily to the clandestine, Verstraetens work explores how artists and publishers’ private libraries have directed and informed their work, blatantly turning bibliophilism into both topic and methodology.