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Fashion at a Turning Point: A Panel Discussion

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm $7 – $10

To recognize Fashion Revolution Day 2019, we’re bringing together a group of local trailblazers to discuss the fashion industry at a turning point, what ethical fashion actually means in practice, and how you can be a more conscious consumer.

Join us for snacks and sips at 5:30. The moderated panel discussion will start about 6:15, followed by Q and A.


Anna Brown is an independent apparel designer in Chicago who brings a background in art history and comparative literature to work. Her collection research interests include historical menswear and workwear, twentieth century art and design, and the built environment and its interaction with nature. She was a designer in residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street from 2014 to 2017. She currently works and sells out of her studio in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

Melissa Gamble is an associate professor in the Fashion Studies Department of Columbia College Chicago. Her industry background includes serving as the director of fashion arts and events for the City of Chicago, executive producing the city’s fashion week, and developing and launching the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Driehaus Design Initiative, the Chicago Fashion Incubator, and the executive committee of the Chicago History Museum’s costume council. She was formerly an attorney.

Abigail Glaum-Lathbury is a Chicago-based artist and designer. For nearly a decade she produced a women’s ready-to-wear collection that showed during New York Market week and sold nationally and internationally. Her recent work takes the form of a counter-practice within the emergent field of critical fashion. In 2014 she co-founded the Rational Dress Society, a collective that raises questions around identity and consumption through a radical approach to inclusive sizing. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Nevada Museum of Art, Art in General and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, and the Dome of Visions in Copenhagen. Her projects have been covered in the Guardian, the Paris Review, the Huffington Post and Surface Magazine among other publications. Glaum-Lathbury is an assistant professor of fashion design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jamie Hayes has worked in the fashion industry since 1999 and in the field of immigrant and labor rights since 2009. Her recent work merges these two paths: she has designed for fair trade organizations including SERRV, Intercrafts Peru, and Threads of Yunnan and has volunteered as a campaign leader for Chicago Fair Trade, helping to pass an ordinance mandating that apparel procured by the City of Chicago be sweatshop-free. She is the owner and designer of an ethically made line of clothing for men and women called Production Mode and also co-designs a line of luxury slow fashion lingerie and nightwear, Department of Curiosities.

Adilah Muhammad is the designer/owner of the Adilah M, a fashion-forward modest apparel line. She has a bachelor of science in fashion merchandising and design from North Carolina A&T State University and is a current resident at the Chicago Fashion Incubator. While in college, Muhammad developed an interest in fashion entrepreneurship through participation in Teen Vogue Fashion University, a trip to Paris, and an internship for a CFI alum. She has participated in RAW Artists Chicago, Islamic Fashion Weekend, and numerous other events.

Theresa VanderMeer is the founder and CEO of WORK+SHELTER, an ethical cut-and-sew production house that trains and employs marginalized women in New Delhi, India. From sourcing to operations, Theresa passionately advocates for female empowerment, access to education, and environmental justice. She splits her time between Chicago and Delhi, loves poetry, and can be found exercising her champion sleeping abilities at less-than-ideal places like Burning Man.


April 24
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$7 – $10
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746 North LaSalle Drive
Chicago, IL 60654 United States


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Fashion at a Turning Point: A Panel Discussion