CONVERSATION II: Design Now and Future Directions

April 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
White Silk Viscose Dress with Gold Dragon Brooch, Autumn/Winter 2004/05, Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Two of Portland’s leading fashion and style watchers, Eden Dawn (Portland Monthly Fashion Editor) and Marjorie Skinner (Portland Mercury Fashion Editor) join forces to craft a conversation series that takes us on a journey through the past, present, and future of the Portland fashion and apparel scenes. It might be argued that Portland is both a fashion center and an outpost. With a rich history of homegrown global brands like Pendleton and Nike as well as an independent scene that has yielded seven Project Runway contestants and four winners, Portland has a long history of attracting and nurturing talent on both large and small scales. What makes the Portland fashion community so vibrant, and where is it headed next? Join a cross-section of Portland’s talented fashion makers, designers, and writers for a look at the legacies and opportunities ahead.


  • Michelle Lesniak, designer Michelle Lesniak
  • Britt Howard & Rosemary Robinson, Portland Garment Factory
  • Angela Snow, VP Design Culture & Community, Nike Inc.


Tickets available online.


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