IN CONVERSATION & PANELS

8.27.20 IN CONVERSATION: KEEPING UP WITH COVID: MITIGATION STRATEGIES WITH DR. OSBORNE

On Thursday, August 27th, 2020 at 5:30 PM Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum hosted a live video discussion with Dr. Cara Osborne regarding risk mitigation for COVID-19 and what individuals and families can do to keep safe as numbers continue to rise.

Dr. Osborne provided situational analysis regarding the severity of certain settings and then provided details and facts that can minimize your chance of exposure in each setting. She touched on topics such as mask fatigue, goggle and face shield usage, navigating family gatherings during this crisis, and building consent before gathering together.

In this discussion, Dr. Osborne had the opportunity to discuss certain myths pertaining to the virus as well as provided factual information that can help you determine if dining at that specific restaurant you’ve been missing is worth it, or should you stay in and opt for takeout instead.

Dr. Cara Osborne is a Certified Nurse Midwife by clinical training and holds a BA in Biology from Transylvania University, MSN in Midwifery from Vanderbilt School of Nursing, and a MS and SD in Maternal and Child Health from Harvard School of Public Health. Her academic area of interest is perinatal epidemiology. Cara was an Assistant Professor in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas prior to joining the founding team of a network of private equity-backed freestanding birth centers in Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennesee, and Colorado. In 2018, Dr. Osborne returned to the nursing school and in the fall of 2020 joined the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Innovation (SEVI) department in the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas where she will be teaching New Venture Development and providing healthcare industry expertise to various initiatives within the college and the broader Northwest Arkansas Community. She was recently added to the 2020 Class of Women in Business by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and is a current rotorcraft student and member of the Summit Aviation board of directors at Thaden Field in Bentonville.

8.24.20 IN CONVERSATION: CAITLIN DRAPER MATTELIN, STRESS & UNCERTAINTY

On Monday, August 24th at 6:30 pm, Caitlin Draper Mattelin and the Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum on discussed tools to cope with uncertainty and stress during COVID-19, including radical acceptance.

As COVID-19 has continued for months on end, the prolonged stress can leave us feeling constantly overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. It is common to feel depressed and anxious while trying to support ourselves, our families, and friends while social distancing and when dealing with issues outside of our control for such prolonged lengths of time. Carve out some time for yourself this month and attend this meeting to obtain those much-needed tools to make your life a little less stressful during this time.

Caitlin R. Draper Mattelin, MSW, LCSW, ACAS is a psychotherapist who owns a private practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She graduated with both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Caitlin specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, and perinatal mental health. She holds the clinical credential of Advanced Autism Specialist (ACAS) through the International Bureau of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Caitlin has been practicing meditation for over 15 years. When she’s not working Caitlin loves to cook, read, and is learning to garden. She probably watches too much reality television. She lives with her husband in Fayetteville.

This presentation is not a substitute for therapy. Call 911 immediately if you believe you are experiencing a mental health emergency. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, symptoms of depression, trauma, difficulty coping, or other mental health issues, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with a local mental health care provider.

  • Caitlin R. Draper Mattelin, MSW, LCSW, ACAS 1101 N. College Avenue Suite 200, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 (479) 777-2521 hello@caitlindraper.com
  • University of Arkansas Counseling & Psychological Services 479-575-5276
  • Ozark Guidance Center (Community Mental Health Care Provider for Washington and Benton Counties) (479) 750-2020
  • Western Arkansas Counseling & Guidance Center (Community Mental Health Care Provider for Fort Smith & River Valley) 1-800-542-1031
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

8.5.20 IN CONVERSATION: JUDITH YANEZ

This will be a discussion on creating culturally responsive programming through non-profit management strategies and adaptation to current crises in education.

A question to ask yourself, “How do we get more parents involved in their child’s education?” On Wednesday, August 5th at 5:30 PM find out by joining Judith A. Yáñez and our CEO, Robin Atkinson, as they begin the discussion on being culturally responsive to the needs of families in Northwest Arkansas.

Judith A. Yáñez, MAT is an advocate for culturally responsive spaces that strengthen parent voices in Northwest Arkansas and nationally. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a degree in mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She is currently the Founding Executive Director at RootED Northwest Arkansas, National Parent Union Council Member and the first Latina elected official in Northwest Arkansas, serving as a Justice of the Peace for Washington County District #4.

Prior to founding RootED Northwest Arkansas, she served as the Education Program Manager at the Cisneros Center for New Americans and a mathematics teacher at Springdale High School and Haas Hall Academy. These experiences allowed her to meet hard-working immigrant families, like her own parents, that did not have an education beyond elementary school, resources, or support to make intentional and strategic decisions for their child’s education.

To learn more about RootED read their bio below!

“RootED Northwest Arkansas is a non-profit organization that focuses on serving all parents of children in grades K-12. Northwest Arkansas is rich with educational opportunities but what we have discovered is, many parents are not aware of the educational options available to their family. We work closely with under-resourced families of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to help them better understand the myriad of educational options available to their children, be it public district schools, charter schools, independent schools, private school or homeschool. We also work closely with parents and the schools to help parents become a more confident advocate for their child’s education.”

Welcome

**This conversation was previously recorded and will premiere via Facebook, YouTube, and this page on Wednesday, August 5th at 5:30 PM. The video links will be visible via our Facebook page as well as this Facebook event page.

7.29.20 IN CONVERSATION: KERIN ROSE GOLD

On Wednesday, July 29th, Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum and designer of iconic custom eyewear and accessories, Kerin Rose Gold met to discuss her career! Kerin has designed custom pieces for artists such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and the Queen herself, Beyonce ♥. We recommend that you check out the trailer for Beyonce’s newest project “Black Is King” to see Kerin’s designs in motion!

In this conversation, we learned what Kerin has been up to lately, what it’s like trying to survive as an artist in NY during this pandemic, and what it’s like making pieces for celebrities like Beyonce! If you’d like to learn a little bit about Kerin and her eyewear line before the interview, check out her bio below!

Kerin Rose Gold has been pushing boundaries since 2009 with her luxury artisanal eyewear line A-Morir. As seen on the world’s biggest pop stars and sold in high-end boutiques across the globe, A-Morir sets itself apart with rebellious designs and impeccable, hand-crafted execution. Yet this trendsetting brand is just one outlet for Kerin’s irreverent and unique spirit. An upstart creator since childhood, this native New Yorker graduated with honors from NYU with a degree in Pop Culture History, linking her loves of art, music, and costuming while delving deep into the French existentialist concept of the “spectacle.” Kerin continues to connect far-flung creative dots in her adult career, whether designing the first women’s sneaker for SUPRA, starring in ad campaigns for Sebastian Professional (as their Visionary Brand Ambassador, leading to a glasses collaboration distributed in hundreds of salons around the world), writing a bi-monthly column for Nylon, or representing the US as Vogue Italia’s New Talent and Emerging Designer. Becoming an eyewear icon was never part of the plan for this multi-faceted artist, but it fits: no one sees the world quite like her.

ABOUT a-morir:

a-morir, the luxury eyewear and accessory line from designer Kerin Rose Gold, pioneered the trend of embellished eyewear by combining bespoke production and premium materials with aesthetic maturity and sophisticated design. What began as custom work with Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga in 2008 has evolved into a true luxury brand, whose pieces are praised by Vogue Italia as the “favorite [eyewear] brand of American stars”. Year after year, a-morir has cemented its place as the go-to brand for daring, couture-worthy sunglasses and statement pieces. a-morir is ever experimenting and ever-expanding. New takes on old favorites came effortlessly with the launch of objects and home goods pieces. The development of a customization studio and crafting classes followed, working with corporate and private clients alike. a-morir is a mainstay in high end and cutting edge editorials around the world, with a Who’s Who of devoted repeat clientele. Everyone from modern superstars (Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj) to pop legends (Grace Jones, Debbie Harry of Blondie) have purchased multiple pairs of a-morir over the years. The brand’s coveted pieces are made-to-order in limited quantities, ensuring the highest level of exclusivity.

7.27.20 IN CONVERSATION: LISA CORRIGAN, WHITE FEMININITY: ANXIETY, PERFECTIONISM, AND JUSTICE

On Monday, July 27th, 2020 at 5:30 pm Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum hosted a live video question and answer session with Dr. Lisa Corrigan following up on our previous discussions on allyship during the Black Lives Matter movement. In this conversation, we covered topics such as the history of white femininity, how white femininity is shaped by and shapes patriarchy, and how white femininity can consciously and unconsciously harm others.

The videos from our first two sessions on Ally Etiquette 101 is available here: https://youtu.be/Z1-B7ctm4vc and https://youtu.be/nuAp493QeJA

This conversation was held in what we at Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum have begun to call a Brave Space during our previous Conversations for Change co-hosted with Elxr Yoga Lounge. A Brave Space is a space that encourages dialogue where you may feel uncomfortable because you will be held accountable for past experiences and new understandings- we believe this discomfort is what leads to individual growth that will change the community for the better.

Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan is a Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. She is a feminist rhetorical scholar who researches and teaches in the areas of social movement studies, the Black Power and civil rights movement, prison studies, feminist studies, the Cold War, and the history of public address.

Dr. Corrigan’s latest book, “Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties (Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series)” is available at local bookstores and online https://www.kizzysbooksandmore.com/book/9781496827951 https://44thand3rdbooksellers.indielite.org/book/9781496827951 https://www.amazon.com/Black-Feelings-Affect-Sixties-Rhetoric/dp/1496827953

7.13.20 IN CONVERSATION: CAITLIN DRAPER MATTELIN, RADICAL COMPASSION AND MINDFULNESS

2020 has been a difficult year on many fronts and social distancing can lead to individuals feeling isolated, anxious, and alone. However, we believe open and honest conversations on mental health can help alleviate some of these stressors. Caitlin discussed in this live video workshop radical compassion, RAIN (Recognition, Allow, Investigate, Nurture), and led a guided meditation.

Caitlin R. Draper Mattelin, MSW, LCSW, ACAS is a psychotherapist who owns a private practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She graduated with both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Caitlin specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, and perinatal mental health. She holds the clinical credential of Advanced Autism Specialist (ACAS) through the International Bureau of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Caitlin has been practicing meditation for over 15 years. When she’s not working Caitlin loves to cook, read, and is learning to garden. She probably watches too much reality television. She lives with her husband in Fayetteville.

This presentation is not a substitute for therapy. Call 911 immediately if you believe you are experiencing a mental health emergency. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, symptoms of depression, trauma, difficulty coping, or other mental health issues, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with a local mental health care provider.

Caitlin R. Draper Mattelin, MSW, LCSW, ACAS 1101 N. College Avenue Suite 200, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 (479) 777-2521 hello@caitlindraper.com

University of Arkansas Counseling & Psychological Services 479-575-5276

Ozark Guidance Center (Community Mental Health Care Provider for Washington and Benton Counties) (479) 750-2020

Western Arkansas Counseling & Guidance Center (Community Mental Health Care Provider for Fort Smith & River Valley) 1-800-542-1031

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

6.30.20 IN CONVERSATION: LISA CORRIGAN, DE-CENTERING WHITENESS: PROCESSING WHITE FEELINGS, BUILDING POLITICAL ACTION

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 5:30 pm Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum hosted a live video question and answer session with Dr. Lisa Corrigan following up on our previous discussion on allyship during the Black Lives Matter movement.

This conversation was held in what we at Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum have begun to call a Brave Space during our previous Conversations for Change co-hosted with Elxr Yoga Lounge. A Brave Space is a space that encourages dialogue where you may feel uncomfortable because you will be held accountable for past experiences and new understandings- we believe this discomfort is what leads to individual growth that will change the community for the better.

Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan is a Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. She is a feminist rhetorical scholar who researches and teaches in the areas of social movement studies, the Black Power and civil rights movement, prison studies, feminist studies, the Cold War, and the history of public address.

6.25.20 IN CONVERSATION: ANDREA BAZEMORE, THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE CURRICULUM IN SCHOOLS

Join us on Thursday, June 25th at 3:00pm for a video presentation on The Importance of Social Justice Curriculum in Schools.

Andrea Bazemore is the Founder of The Black Apple, the first black-owned curriculum company on its way to a full K-5 curriculum that is rigorous, culturally relevant, anti-bias, anti-racist, accepting of all abilities and disabilities, and equitable. She is also the Founder of Diverse Kids Read, a non-profit with a mission to provide children with affordable books written and/or illustrated by people of color. Bazemore is an educator who is currently earning her Masters of Education from The John Hopkins University in Early Childhood Education and Teaching and has experience teaching through Teach for America in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in charter and public schools in the Dallas- Fort Worth area.

The Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum was founded in 2017 with the hope of providing a central location for creative producers in Arkansas to find professional development resources, creative inspiration, and a community of support. The mission of the Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum is to provide educational opportunities and professional support for aspiring avant-garde fashion designers, artists, and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant and inspired creative fashion community in Arkansas.

The video will be available online beginning on Thursday, June 25th at 3:00 pm at http://www.arkansasfashion.org/talks-and-panels/ or https://youtu.be/4YgDDVXp_58

6.22.20 IN CONVERSATION: RAVEN COOK, FASHION AS A TOOL FOR LIBERATION

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum hosted a discussion and learning opportunity led and curated by Raven Cook on Monday, June 22, 2020. We dove into art history and through that lens learn about impactful leaders who stood up to racism and fought for freedom, and equality.

Black History Education Programming creator Raven Cook was a junior at the University of Arkansas when approached by the Rising Leaders Fellowship to create a program that addresses educational inequity. Having a passion for Black History, Cook decided to create the program Inspire 365 to empower others to not only study Black History, but to use history to empower themselves and be a vehicle for change. Raven Cook actively seeks to incorporate Black History in every American classroom, library, and beyond. Foundations: Black History Education Programming is constantly welcoming opportunities to teach and share the accounts of Black Americans it is our sincere hope that you will use this website to build and grow daily!

Raven’s website: https://rncook02.wixsite.com/foundationsrc/about

To Support Raven’s Work: Please feel free to make a donation to KUAF in dedication to Reflections In Black https://www.kuaf.com/become-kuaf-member

6.16.20 IN CONVERSATION: LISA CORRIGAN, AN INTRODUCTION TO ALLYSHIP DURING THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum hosted a live video question and answer session with Dr. Lisa Corrigan on how to be an ally during the Black Lives Matter Movement. Topics included:

-How should you call out racist actions and statements made by close peers or family?
-How can you support BIPOC during protests without centering the movement around yourself?
-Now that you have spoken out on social media your support for Black Lives Matter, what should you do next?
-What can you do to be an ally if you had a racist upbringing and past problematic actions?
-How can you sustain the movement in the coming weeks/ months/ years to make substantive changes to better the lives of BIPOC?
-How can individuals with white privilege better advocate for people of color to their politicians to rebuild the system to create equality?

This conversation was held in what we at Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum has begun to call a Brave Space during our previous Conversations for Change co-hosted with Elxr Yoga Lounge. A Brave Space is a space that encourages dialogue where you may feel uncomfortable because you will be held accountable for past experiences and new understandings- we believe this discomfort is what leads to individual growth that will change the community for the better.

Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan is a Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. She is a feminist rhetorical scholar who researches and teaches in the areas of social movement studies, the Black Power and civil rights movement, prison studies, feminist studies, the Cold War, and the history of public address.

For more information on white privilege, white fragility, and being an ally, please consider reading:
“How to be Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
“Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla F Saad
“White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” by Tim Wise

3.1.20 CONVERSATIONS FOR CHANGE: UNPACKING WHITE PRIVILEGE AND PREJUDICE

EVENT DETAILS | MARCH 1, 2020
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location | Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum Office
203 E Emma Ave, Ste A
Fayetteville, AR 72701

ĒLXR Yoga Lounge and Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum partnered again to present our second edition of ‘Conversations for Change’ – A Film Screening and Group Discussion to take on the topics of inclusiveness, anti-racist practice, and white privilege.

We aim to create a thoughtful workspace for women of color and white women to join together to discuss how we can work as a community to fight oppressive social norms and better understand each other. Most especially, we want to create an entry point for white women who want to participate as anti-racist allies but may not have the right tool-kit or know how to enter the conversation.

We are here to talk through it! We screened Red Table Talk’s Episode, “Unpacking White Privilege and Prejudice” and used it as a jumping off point for a group discussion. Feel free to watch the episode of Red Table Talk here: https://z-m-www.facebook.com/watch/?v=322049678665001

12.15.19 CONVERSATIONS FOR CHANGE

EVENT DETAILS | DECEMBER 15TH, 2019
5:00- 8:00 pm

Location | AAFF OFFICE
203 E Emma Ave, Ste A
Springdale, AR 72764

ĒLXR Yoga Lounge and Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum partnered to present our first edition of ‘Conversations for Change’ – A Film Screening and Group Discussion to take on the topics of inclusiveness, anti-racist practice, and white privilege.

We aim to create a thoughtful workspace for women of color and white women to join together to discuss how we can work as a community to fight oppressive social norms and better understand each other. Most especially, we want to create an entry point for white women who want to participate as anti-racist allies but may not have the right tool-kit or know how to enter the conversation.

We are here to talk through it! We screened Chelsea Handler’s Netflix feature ‘Hello, Privilege. It’s me, Chelsea.’ and used it as a jumping off point for a group discussion.

People brought their own beverages, snacks, and open mind. Everyone came prepared to speak openly and honestly about their questions and experiences. This event helped expand our vocabulary for discussions on inclusivity and the importance of anti-racist practice.

12.4.19 IN CONVERSATION: INFLUENCERS

On Wednesday, December 4th, at Dry Storage in Rogers, this panel met to teach the community about their experiences as a few of Northwest Arkansas’s local influencers. The panelists included:

Dominique Blake – Olympic Medalist and Founder/CEO of The DVB Group
Nicole Calhoun – PhD/ ERY, Yoga Enthusiast and Owner of ELXR Yoga Lounge
Sarah Conley – Content Creator, Marketing Consultant and Published Writer
2 Locas Brand – Jennifer Evans and Blanca Maldonado, Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders

Moderated by Rachel Fox Kipphut, Founder of NWA GIRL GANG, we learned from our panelists about how they became an influencer and how adversity pushed them to become who they are today, how they market to their target audience but strive to reach people who are different than them, how they continue to learn and grow as individuals within the community, and how they see the creative landscape developing and changing in our region.

10.3.19 FUTURE OF FASHION

The Future of Fashion was the Opening Night of NWA Fashion Week | Fall 2019 with runway shows benefitting Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum.

A one of a kind event encompassing The Future of Fashion, featured 7 brilliant designers’ collections that were developed during the first-ever NWAFW Designer Cohort Program. This was the first runway show that is a COMPETITION between designers and a fundraising event for Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum.

Deanah Baker- Senior Vice President of Walmart Apparel US, Jayne Harkness- President of J.H.G & Partners and Business Mentor for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Gabrielle Korn- Fashion Writer, Editor and former Editor in Chief of Nylon Magazine, were guest panel judges at the event.

Deanah Baker and Gabrielle Korn also spoke on the impact of fashion on the culture and industry of the heartland, the current state of fashion, and more.

The winning designers of the event were Brandy Lee of Big Sister and Markia Herron of Herron Hats. Brandy Lee will have her most commercially viable garment produced in limited quantity for retail in the NWA area. Both of these designers will also have the educational opportunity of a lifetime with a mentorship with Jayne Harkness.

6.28.19 DESIGNER POP-UP SHOP AND PANEL

The Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum is pioneering a new way to envision the fashion industry in Arkansas. In June 2019 we hosted a five designer pop-up shop in Downtown Springdale to give our audience an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite designers custom pieces. Following the pop-up shop our CEO, Robin Wallis Atkinson, sat down with the five designers to discuss their practice, the state of the growing fashion industry in Arkansas, and the potential future for micro-batch manufacturing based in our state. Designers A’Lyece Lenae, Sindhu Varagani, Brandy Lee, Alyssa Graves, and Shamirra Clark joined us for this lively and in-depth discussion.

6.6.19 THE STATE OF PHOTOGRAPHY PANEL

The Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum aims to promote inclusion, diversity and change to industry standards by rethinking the process of image production. As content creators, we have a privileged opportunity to change norms through thoughtful content production. Four of the most well respected photographers in the area discussed the importance of image making and the responsibility of being an a creative figure in our community.

Our panel of photographers Brandon WattsJessica WhalenMeredith Mashburn, and Miles Witt Boyer, led by marketing expert Stephanie G Funk, discussed how the photography landscape has changed since the re-emergence of NWA Fashion Week and how their practice has grown or been influenced by their collaborations with it.

They shared insight into the hard work and intellectual processes that have helped them rise to the top of their industry. Additionally, this panel provided insight into how Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum is working with creatives to change the image of Northwest Arkansas.

From Left to Right: Brandon Watts of B. Watts Photography, Jessica Whalen of Jessica Whalen Films, Miles Witt Boyer of Miles Witt Boyer Collective, Stephanie Funk (moderator), & Meredith Mashburn of Meredith Mashbrun Photography

4.6.19 IN CONVERSATION: GABRIELLE KORN

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum partnered with BlakeSt. to host an afternoon with Nylon Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Korn. The editor shared her journey and led a group exercise in editorial content selection.
Watch the entire event here:

4.3.19 NET IMPACT SUSTAINABILITY PANEL

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum partnered with the University of Arkansas and Crystal Bridges Museum. Net Impact is a nonprofit membership organization for students and professionals interested in programs and networking events centered on topics such as corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability. Dr. Lance Cheramie of University of Arkansas, Shaul Cohen of Jordache (NYC), Gerson Fajardo of Walmart, Inc, and Alyssa Bird of Regenerous Designs shared how to make the fashion industry more sustainable in terms of design and product development, manufacturing, retailing, and education.

1.10.19 IN CONVERSATION: LINDA ROWE THOMAS

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum hosted an evening with Designer and Motivational Speaker Linda Rowe Thomas. The designer shared her amazing story as well as one of her most recent collections.
Watch the entire event here:

11.1.18 IN CONVERSATION: KORTO MOMOLU

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum hosted an evening with Project Runway Alumni Korto Momolu. The designer showed a selection of works from a recent collection inspired by her frequent collaborator Michael Knight.
Watch the entire event here:

Korto Momolu (pronounced Cut • Toe – Mo • Mo • Lu) is a Liberian-born fashion designer and stylist is stamping her global brand on fashion-forward women’s wear and accessories. Korto is inspired by her African roots and celebrate the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional, luxury fabrics; skins; mixed prints, etc. A graduate of the L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottawa, Ontario, Korto also studied at the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York City while working as an independent fashion designer. Prior to arriving in Canada in 1990, Korto and her family had to flee Liberia following a civil war. In 2014, she competed on the third season of Project Runway All Stars and finished in second place. Most recently, Korto unveiled her spring/summer 2019 collection during New York Fashion Week – which was a tribute to her late friend, and former Project Runway All Stars castmate, Mychael Knight, who passed in 2017. Momolu was highlighted as a ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ by New York Magazine, and presently makes her home with her husband and two children in Little Rock, Arkansas.

All pictures taken by Joshua Sagar.

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