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Mass Fashion Symposium

A presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts, analyzing best practices from the tech economy and how they can be applied to strengthen the MA fashion ecosystem.


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“The Mass Fashion symposium will reveal the cutting-edge work being done in the state today, presenting it in the context of the past to explore what makes Massachusetts such a unique environment for innovation and technology.”
— Pamela Parmal, David & Roberta Logie Curator of Textile & Fashion Arts at the MFA

In 2018, eight major Massachusetts cultural institutions joined forces to create Mass Fashion, a statewide collaboration celebrating the culture of fashion in Massachusetts. From now through 2019, all of the Mass Fashion partners—Concord Museum; Fuller Craft Museum; Historic New England; Massachusetts Historical Society; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Old Sturbridge Village; Peabody Essex Museum; and The Trustees of Reservations—will all be presenting exhibitions and events on fashion-related subjects.

This collective effort kicked off with a symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts in October 2018, just after the close of the first Hourglass pop-up. I was honored to be invited to speak during the closing session of this extraordinary symposium.

The subject of my talk was simple. Massachusetts is known for producing lots of innovative research, new products, and leading companies in the tech and science sectors. How can we draw insights from the way those industries function, and apply those insights to strategically cultivate growth in the regional fashion industry?

My talk gave an overview of the basic principles and best practices of innovation ecosystem support, ideas drawn from my time managing the Boston Innovation District initiative, the innovation center District Hall, consulting on other innovation districts (like this one and this one), and my most recent experience building the Hourglass pop-up model, which directly supported fashion designers, artists, models, and content creators in Boston.

full presentation available
in the gallery below:

Hourglass II

Hourglass II

The Collective

The Collective