2009 School of Fashion Lecture Series Fashion and Media Leaders Panel Discussion


Fashion and Media Leaders Panel Discussion

Moderated by Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of Fashion

The panel guests spoke of their background and the state of their industries in the current economic climate.

Panel participants included (from left to right) Prosper Assouline, Martine Assouline, David Downton, Madeleine Czigler and Patrick Cabasset.

Prosper and Martine Assouline – founders of Assouline Publishing, the foremost publisher in the world on fashion and style. For the past ten years, Assouline Publishing (www.assouline.com) 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. The spirit and savoir-faire of these works have contributed to the creation of a unique, eclectic, chic and elegant brand that is immediately identifiable. Today, Assouline publications are found around the globe. Assouline has freestanding boutiques in Paris at St Germain des Prés and New York at The Plaza Hotel, and in-store boutiques in Miami, Mexico, Dubai, Doha, and soon to be added in Milan, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto and San Francisco.

David Downton – world-renowned fashion illustrator (www.daviddownton.com). He is the founder and publisher of Pourquoi Pas? A Journal of Fashion Illustration (www.pqpmagazine.com). His recent work has been included in Victoria and Albert Museum exhibitions and in the museum’s 150th Anniversary album, as well as on the cover of 100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman. His Illustrations are featured prominently by stores including Browns, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Marks & Spencer, Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Tiffany & Co. and Topshop, in magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Harpers & QueenL’Officiel, Tatler and Vogue, and in publicity material for British Academy film awards. Downton’s portraits include model Erin O’Connor, burlesque performer Dita Von Teese and Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I.

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. Fashion File is a co-production of CBC Television and Fashion Magazine; and is considered the best program about fashion and lifestyle on television.

Patrick Cabasset – editor in chief of L’Officiel magazine. Launched in 1921, L’Officiel was the first French magazine to appear in China and today has editions 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.