The Technology Trap: Fashion, Copying, and the Speed of Information

Hussein Chalayan - Museum at FIT

In collaboration with the Museum at FIT and in conjunction with its current exhibition, Fashion and Technology, we’re delighted to invite you to join us for a panel discussion, “The Technology Trap: Fashion Copying, and the Speed of Information.” Fashion designers and labels face complex new challenges as technology continues to advance exponentially. Of particular interest to this panel will be issues of design ownership and intellectual property rights. Panelists include Te Smith, of the online brand protection company MarkMonitor, who will explain the relationship between information technology and copying; distinguished fashion designer Jeffrey Banks, who has testified in Congress regarding the proposed extension of intellectual property protection to fashion designs and whose designs are available online; Professor Susan Scafidi, who will speak on the legal aspects of copyright and piracy; and Ariele Elia and Emma McClendon, curators of the Fashion and Technology exhibition.

DATE:  Wednesday, March 6
TIME:  6:00 pm
PLACE:  Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (NW corner of 27th Street & 7th Avenue, across 27th Street from the Museum at FIT)

FREE, but please register to guarantee admission.  CLE credit is not available for this event.

Participants are invited to enjoy the Fashion and Technology exhibit at the Museum at FIT either before the panel or afterward until 8pm with the curators.  And speaking of impressive technology, save time to view Shoe Obsession (currently open) and Boots: The Height of Fashion (opening March 5) as well!