On 24, 25 and 26 February, Europeana Fashion organises its third international fashion conference in collaboration with MoMu – Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp.
The conference DIGITAL FASHION FUTURES investigates the future of fashion and fashion heritage in the digital age. Two questions define the theme of the conference: how can digital fashion content be used to create engaging concepts for those who consume this content and what is the role of the digital aspect in the future business models of fashion?
On 24 February, the conference opens with a series of lectures and panels through which international experts from various branches of the fashion and heritage sector delve deeper into these questions. Confirmed speakere are, a.o.,Caroline Evans, Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins in London; Eugene Rabkin, founder of online fashion platform StyleZeitgeist and fashion journalist for a.o. Vogue and The Business of Fashion; andTamsen Young, Digital Media & Strategic Initiatives manager at The Museum at FIT in New York.
On 25 February, a variety of workshops will touch upon topics that relate to the conference’s main questions: how to handle copyright in fashion content and what is the role of the user as the maker of this content? Which engaging concepts in fashion and fashion heritage can serve as leading examples and which new professionals skills are needed in the digital fashion future? The workshops will also inform attendees how both private-and public institutions cancontribute to Europeana Fashion.
In addition to the lectures, panels and workshops, attendees can enjoy activities to network and to discover Antwerp as a fashion city. On 24 February, MoMu invites attendees for a walking dinner around the exhibition Dries Van Noten. Inspirations and on 25 February, Modemuze and the City of Antwerp invite attendees for a reception in City Hall. To close of the event, attendees can participate in various excursions to discover fashion and fashion heritage in and around Antwerp during the morning of 26 February.
The language of the conference is English. The conference takes place in AMUZ, the Bernarduscentrum and in MoMu. More information, such as the programme, you can find on Europeana Fashion. Attendees can also register direclty via Eventbrite.
WHAT IS EUROPEANA FASHION?
The Europeana Fashion project is a network of more than 22 partners from 12 European countries. The network represents leading institutions in the field of fashion and costume collections. The partners, both public institutions and private brand archives, make their collections available via europeanafashion.eu. Partners are, for example, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
From the end of February 2015, more than 700.000 fashion and costume items will be available on europeanafashion.eu. Items include contemporary and historical silhouettes, but also accessories, drawings and more. Currently, there are over half a million items already available.
MoMu is one of the founding and coordinating partners in the project and is also making its collections available in Europeana Fashion.