Blue is primary. It is primal. Blue are the waters that cover our beloved planet, which require far more responsible use of its sources. Blue is the color of lapis lazuli, ground for the pigment of Old Master paintings. It is the quintessential base of denim, the beloved all-American fabric, and the hue of the “extra something” a bride needs on the big day. In all cultures, blue materials are revered and fashioned into objects of desire. From Thursday, November 14th through Saturday, November 16th, 2019, Initiatives in Art and Culture will host its 21st fashion, jewelry and design conference, entitled “Blue,” celebrating the hue, at Parsons The New School.
Lisa Koenigsberg, president, Initiatives in Art and Culture, says, "Like music experienced directly and requiring no translator, color is one the most powerful signifiers producing visceral responses embedded deeply within us. For this reason, blue, one of the most elemental colors, is the focus of Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC)'s 21st Annual Fashion, Jewels + Design Conference. Blue sits astride the entirety of fashion. Uniquely resonant, and thus the preferred color of branding, the color, with its many hues and variations, is central to the work of the great designers, artisans, jewelers, design pioneers, and authorities whom IAC is honored to welcome. We also express our gratitude to our project partner, The New School, for its engagement and to all other entities playing a role in making this metaphorically mixed deep dive impactful for all attending."
Speakers include: Zandra Rhodes, Anna Sui, Stan Herman, Bridget Foley, Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Cameron Silver, Andrew Gelwicks, Rowland Ricketts, Grant Mobley, Michael Peters, Elle Hill, Alexandra Mor, Jessica L’Abbe, Sergio Guadarrama, Kade Johnson, Dana Thomas, Scott Morrison, Benoit-Louis Vuitton, Arthur Elgort, and Hank O’Neal.