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October 09, 2010 - Fashion and Creative Enterprises Business Symposium

What: Fashion Group International of Denver held its first ever Symposium at the Denver Art Museum.

Where: Denver Art Museum

When: Saturday, October 9, 2010

Time: 10-4 p.m.

Mistress of Ceremonies: Carol Engle-Enright

Committee Members: Carol Engel-Enright, Cynthia Petrus, Lisa Elstun, Holli Gibson, Brandi Shigley, Brooks, Dianne Denholm, Rustin Coburn, Kathy Bacon, Jullianne Attman, and Lisa Scott

Catering: Kevin Taylor Catering

Board of Directors: Scottie Taylor Iverson, Regional Director; Davene Coutts, Holly Nitsche, Nathalia Faribault, Jan Top, Celine Sabo, Wendy Weil, Evelyn Stephens, Peggy Ziglin, Rosalind Grenfell, Terry Yan, Erica Boniface, Lauren Vitale, and Sharlene Douthit

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Sean Carasso (left), founder of Falling Whistles, Lady Soule, Head Designer for Frock, and Nathalia Faribault, FGI Program co-chair
Sean Carasso (left), founder of Falling Whistles, Lady Soule, Head Designer for Frock, and Nathalia Faribault, FGI Program co-chair

A packed house filled the North Building Pavilion of the Denver Art Museum on Saturday for the first ever Fashion and Creative Enterprises Business Symposium organized by FGI of Denver. Fashion Group International (FGI) is non-profit association founded in 1928 in New York to advance careers in the fashion industry.  The Denver chapter was founded in 1958 and works educate the Denver fashion community on issues such as marketing, international trade and retailing.

The symposium opened with a panel of Colorado fashion executives discussing creating prototypes and sample development. The speakers on this panel were Holli Gibson, owner/designer of LamanBlu; J.C. Sprowls, owner/designer of Studio 9 Apparel; Nora McCray, owner/designer of Sew Fresh Studio; and Jeff Malley, owner/patternmaker of Malley Design.  The second panel discussed sourcing materials and supplies.  Speaking on this panel were Dianne Denholm, founder of TACtile Arts Center; Eloise Wagers of JHB International; C.J. RIggins of Pearl Izumi; and Tracey Blake, owner/designer of Tracey Lynn Golf. The information presented by the panelists was particularly valuable for the many students who were present at the event.

The information from the morning panels had the crowd buzzing as they enjoyed their box lunches from Kevin Taylor Catering.  After lunch, keynote speaker Lady Soule spoke about her experiences in the fashion industry.  She is the head designer of Frock by Tracy Reese in New York.  Lady Soule thrilled the crowd with a fashion show of her latest designs.

The afternoon went on with another panel, which discussed production and manufacturing.  Rustin Coburn, owner/designer of DVLP Clothing; Angela Schuster of Maruca Design; Heidi Weinberg of Cioffa Design Studio; and Richard Chang of Sans USA shared their knowledge. The last panel discussed marketing and media.  Brandi Shigley, owner of Fashion Denver; Mona Lucero, designer/owner of Mona Lucero; and Amy Yanda-Lee, principal of Boheme PR were the final panelists. All of the panelists work in Colorado and showed the wealth of fashion knowledge in this state.

Sean Carasso, founder of Falling Whistles, a non-profit which sells shirts and whistles to aid child soldiers in Africa using social media, was also on hand. Sean spent time in Africa and he saw young children being sent to war armed with only whistles to frighten the enemy, so he decided to work on their behalf.

The symposium ended with the FACE design competition fashion show. Student and professional designers showed accessories, daywear and evening wear. The attendees left with lots of information designed to aid them in their work.

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