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Students Invited to Attend Exciting Panel Discussions

Academy of Art University students are invited to participate in two exciting panel discussions hosted by the School of Fashion. Students will have the opportunity to take part in question and answer sessions following the discussions.

Q&A with Matt Tyrnauer, director Valentino: The Last Emperor
Wednesday, April 22 at 1 p.m.
79 Auditorium, 79 New Montgomery Street

Meet Matt Tyrnauer, producer and director of Valentino: The Last Emperor, the widely acclaimed documentary with unprecedented access to Valentino and his extended family. View the film’s trailer with Matt Tyrnauer and Cheryl Locke, coordinator of the fashion journalism program. After the trailer, Cheryl will moderate a Q & A with Matt about his experiences and impressions as a journalist and a documentarian who spent two years, from June 2005 to July 2007, capturing 250 hours of footage of Valentino’s private and public life.

Matt Tyrnauer is a Special Correspondent at Vanity Fair magazine and this is his first documentary. In his own words, Valentino: The Last Emperor is an “…engaging and entertaining portrait of an extraordinary partnership…and a dramatic story about a master confronting the final act of his celebrated career”. He further states, “What started as a journalistic inquiry, in the end, revealed a unique love story with the world of fashion as a backdrop.”

Fashion & Media Leaders Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Morgan Auditorium
491 Post Street
Moderated by Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director, School of Fashion

Panel Participants

Martine and Prosper Assouline - founders of Assouline Publishing, the world's foremost fashion and style publisher. For the last ten years, Assouline Publishing has created lavish illustrated books dedicated to fashion, photography, art and design. Renowned for their highly original graphic concepts, Assouline books are works of art that capture culture and bring it to life.

David Downton - world-renowned fashion illustrator. He is the founder and publisher of Pourquoi Pas? A Journal of Fashion Illustration. His Illustrations are featured in magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Harpers & Queen, L’Officiel, Tatler and Vogue.

Madeleine Czigler - Fashion File TV producer. Each week, Fashion File travels the globe to profile the personalities of the fashion industry, including models, stylists, photographers and editors. The show explores their professional careers and personal lives against a backdrop of fashion shows and magazine cover shoots and is considered the best program about fashion and lifestyle on television.Fashion File is a co-production of CBC Television and Fashion Magazine.

Patrick Cabasset - editor in chief of L’Officiel magazine. Launched in 1921, L'Officiel later became the first French magazine to appear in China. Today, it is sold in Russia, Japan and India. Cabasset has worked at publications including Journal du Textile, Vogue Paris, Elle Japan, Dépêche Mode, Le Monde, Vogue Homme, View On Colour, Le Point, Gap, Profession Textile, Maison Française, Marie-Claire Maison, and Glamour.

“Fusing Fashion and Business” Panel Discussion
Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m.
Morgan Auditorium
491 Post Street
Moderated by Sharon Murphy, Director of Merchandising, School of Fashion

Panel Participants

Ben and Chris Ospital - founders and owners of MAC - Modern Appealing Clothing, located in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco. The New York Times calls MAC "a good place to remember that you really can’t buy style. Style is evolutionary, egalitarian, deeply curious, often weird and always personal — the accidental costume of any character with a wide-open mind, enjoying a constant bumper crop of new discoveries. But for those having trouble finding their own inspirations, MAC has almost always been there."

Monica Carlson - Vice President of Inventory and Planning, Merchandise Operations and Business Intelligence for Sephora. Carlson has been a beauty industry executive for over 25 years with experience in retail merchandising for Nordstrom and Sephora, and in brand sales for Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox Cosmetics. Prior to joining Sephora, she was the Field Vice President for Speciality Brands Group handling Shu Uemura and Giorgio Armani.

Dawn Dzedzy - Director of Marketing for Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco Bay Area. Dzedzy’s previous experience in retail marketing includes Senior Manager of Special Events at Macy's West and Marketing Manager for The Learning Company’s fashion and beauty consumer software products.

The Assoulines and David Downton are receiving Doctorates of Humane Letters for their contribution to the worlds of art and design from Academy President Dr. Elisa Stephens at the Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 23.

Watch the fashion show LIVE online!
April 23, 2009 | 7 PM

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