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David Shah is a fash­ion de­sign­er, trend watcher and pub­lish­er of sev­er­al pres­ti­gious trend, tex­tile and fash­ion magazi­nes such as View­point, Tex­tile View and View on Colour. With his feel for new trends, he ad­vis­es well-known fash­ion brands and man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Ma­tinique/In­Wear, Puma AG, Hirsch AG, Eti­en­ne Aign­er and Philips Ned­er­land. He is con­nect­ed with The Roy­al Col­lege of Arts in Lon­don and is a reg­u­lar speak­er at in­ter­na­tion­al fash­ion con­fer­ences. In 2006 he was ap­point­ed as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of the Fash­ion, De­sign and Strat­e­gy (FD&S) Mas­ter’s de­gree pro­gram­me of the ArtEZ In­sti­tute of the Arts.


Bradley Quinn is a Bri­tish au­thor, jour­nal­ist and cu­ra­tor with ex­per­tise in fash­ion, ar­chi­tec­ture, tex­tiles and de­sign. His books in­clude Tech­no Fash­ion, The Fash­ion of Ar­chi­tec­ture, Ul­tra Ma­te­ri­als and the re­cent­ly-pub­lished Con­tem­po­rary Tex­tiles writ­ten with Janis Jef­fries. As his mus­ings about sus­tain­abil­i­ty chart new ways of think­ing about the fu­ture of de­sign, Quinn ex­plores the fur­ther­most bound­aries of what to­day's gen­er­a­tion of fibers can achieve. Two tex­tile books writ­ten by Quinn will be pub­lished next year: Tex­tile De­sign­ers at the Cut­ting Edge, due to be re­leased by Lau­rence King Pub­lish­ers in Jan­uary 2009, and Tex­tile Fu­tures, from Berg Pub­lish­ers, due out at the end of 2009.

Topic: Ex­treme In­ter­faces: New Tex­tiles for Fash­ion, Ar­chi­tec­ture, Art and De­sign.

Do­minik Walcher is Pro­fes­sor Mar­ket­ing and In­no­va­tion Man­age­ment in the De­sign and Pro­duct Man­age­ment De­part­ment at the Salzburg Uni­ver­si­ty. He is a re­searcher in the field of mass-cus­tomiza­tion, open in­no­va­tion and brand man­age­ment. Re­sults of his em­pir­i­cal re­search are nu­mer­ous­ly pub­lished. As an en­trepreneur he is in­volved in the launch of a new cradle-to-cradle shoes sys­tem. More in­for­ma­tion: www.mass-cus­tomiza­tion.de/mc07/kon­takt.html

Topic: Mass-cus­tomiza­tion and the in­no­va­tions it can bring to the fash­ion de­mand and sup­ply chain, espe­cial­ly as indis­pens­able com­po­nent for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Ot­to von Busch a.k.a. Wronsov is an haute cou­ture heretic, fash­ion rene­gade and DIY-dem­a­gogue ex­plor­ing ways to hack the op­er­at­ing sys­tem of fash­ion. He ex­plores, with hands-on pro­jects, how par­tic­i­pa­to­ry prac­tices can ren­der fash­ion in­clu­sive, yet still ex­clu­sive. To re­al­ize this he draws on the prac­tice and tac­tics of hack­ing, fan fic­tion, lib­er­a­tion the­ol­o­gy and de­vel­op­ment prac­tice with which he forges an al­liance. They all share an ap­proach that can in­spire to lib­er­ate the myth­i­cal en­er­gy in fash­ion – hack­ing the flows of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, but keep­ing the pow­er on. More in­for­ma­tion: www.kul­turs­ervern.se/wronsov/

Topic: Be­ing fash­ion-able, Hack­tivism and En­gaged Fash­ion De­sign.

Li Edelkoort is a trend fore­cast­er con­stant­ly gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion, study­ing the fab­ric of so­ci­ety, pick­ing up words, im­ages and ma­te­ri­als like a glob­al beach­comber. Twice a year with Trend Union, she tours the world to pre­sent her fash­ion and lifestyle trends au­dio­vi­su­als. Li's work has evolved in­to the realms of ed­u­ca­tion at the De­sign Acade­my Eind­hoven, hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism with­in the Heartwear foun­da­tion and ATA Eu­rope, and cu­ra­tor­ship as she delves in­to the art and de­sign do­main, il­lu­mi­nat­ing the De­sign­huis Eind­hoven and other ex­hi­bi­tions around the world. More in­for­ma­tion: www.edelkoort.com

Topic: The Farm of the Fu­ture rec­og­nizes at last a tru­ly new time­frame in which each aspect of our lives will con­vert to green, in­spired by the way na­ture func­tions and how life on the farm evolves. The agri­cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ty will be­come the plan­et’s new elite, dom­i­nat­ing our essen­tial needs and in­spir­ing years of farmer styles and fash­ions to come. After all, the farm­ers of the fu­ture will clothe us, house us, feed us, fu­el us and hope­ful­ly even heal us; ul­ti­mate­ly grow­ing de­sign, fur­ni­ture and ma­te­ri­als in a sym­bio­sis of tech­nol­o­gy and bi­ol­o­gy, merg­ing ru­ral and ur­ban lifestyles to be­come one, and re­sult­ing in an in­versed so­cial land­scape with a green­er ci­ty and a more con­tem­po­rary coun­tryside. The re­sult is a tru­ly avant-garde mis­sion run­ning fast to­wards a brand new fu­ture.

Si­mon Thoro­good is a fash­ion de­sign­er, artist and cre­ative con­sul­tant. He terms his de­sign work ‘Phash­ion’ (pro­nounced ‘fash­ion’), a blend of the sci­en­tific term ‘phase tran­si­tion’ (the trans­for­ma­tion of one form or sub­stance to an­oth­er) and ‘fash­ion’. His work is con­cerned with ap­ply­ing nov­el ways of cre­at­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing fash­ion de­sign. Thoro­good has shown his fash­ion in­stal­la­tions in­ter­na­tion­al­ly and his gar­ments are held in the col­lec­tions of lead­ing fash­ion and cos­tume in­sti­tu­tions such as the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Mu­se­um and the Mu­se­um at the Fash­ion In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy (FIT) in New York. More in­for­ma­tion: www.si­mon­thoro­good.com

Topic: Phash­ion: in­no­va­tion in de­sign meth­ods and com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the Dig­i­tal Age.

Sandy Black is pro­fes­sor of Fash­ion & Tex­tile De­sign at the pres­ti­gious Lon­don Col­lege of Fash­ion and Di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Fash­ion Science. She in­ter­ro­gates fash­ion, its prac­tise and de­sign pro­cess­es to de­vel­op new in­ter-dis­ci­plinary re­search con­nect­ing de­sign, science and sus­tain­abil­i­ty. She is the au­thor of Eco-chic: The Fash­ion Para­dox. The para­dox be­tween the in­her­ent lack of sus­tain­abil­i­ty in fash­ion and the fun­da­men­tal need we all have to clothe our­selves. More in­for­ma­tion: www.arts.ac.uk/15146.htm

Topic: The Para­dox of Fash­ion and the Con­tri­bu­tion of Nan­otech­nol­o­gy.