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FashionCampNYC Day 2

FashionCamp, for those unacquainted, is an unconvention exploring fashion and technology for those both in the industry and indie fashion as well as the DIY and wearable technology scenes. FashionCamp follows the BarCamp model of providing a simple structure through which attendees propose and give talks on their areas of interest and knowledge to interested peers. It is a completely open forum for shared thought and discussion.

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While there have only been two FashionCamps, it seems safe to say that each FashionCamp is different, and fundamentally shaped by its attendees. Last season, FashionCamp was hosted at ITP and drew a largely technology influenced crowd. Speakers addressed wearable technology, monetizing digital fashion, and interactive green fashion design. There was a technology fashion show and promotion for books on getting girls into technology through fashion. It was summer. It was hot. And everything was sunny.

Now it is winter and the fashion industry is truly feeling the bitter bite of economic hardship. This isn’t to say that the recession has only now touched the fashion industry. But it is more a matter that this season’s FashionCamp felt it. Industry players and newcomers came to FashionCamp with questions and they wanted answers. And, while fashion focused seminars and conferences may promise solutions only to deliver doublespeak, FashionCamp promises only opportunities and gave so much more.

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While Sunday started later that Saturday, when everyone sat down to introductions, they stayed sitting for an impromptu debate on the state of the fashion industry and the feasibility of adopting the open source model that energized technology in order to similarly reinvigorate the fashion industry. I, for the most part, took a back seat as I took footage of the discussion. The first portion I have included below, you can see the rest on my blip channel.

As for today’s pictures, all the lectures took place in the same room with the same insufferable lighting. Something had to give, and, in one way or another, that was going to be the quality. Thus, most of today’s pictures are insufferably blurry and I am only posting them so that FashionCamp has some pictures of today, poor as they may be.

fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010FashionCamp attendees listening to Judith on Marketing and Monetizing a Fashion site.
fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010FashionCamp speakers posting their proposed presentations.
fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010FashionCamp attendees giving self introductions.
fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010The debate begins!  Is open source compatible with the fashion industry?
fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010Playing with conductive thread.
fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010Introduction on soft circuits with LEDs and conductive thread.
fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010Bonnie has handles laser cut for a purse in an upcoming show.
fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010FashionCamp attendees sitting in a painfully ill lit room.
fashioncampnyc, style, fashion and technology, #fashioncamp2010Burda Style presentation.

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