Nordic fashion festival coming up in Seattle, USA

The 2011 Nordic Fashion Biennale, a six-week-long exhibition celebrating design, fashion and innovation, will kick-off on September 30 with the two-day NFB 2011 Fashion Summit in Seattle, featuring top international designers and artists.

The summit is designed to inspire conversation and exploration between master professionals, industry leaders, emerging designers, fashion students and trend setters.

Key themes that are woven throughout the summit include slow fashion, sustainability and design, cultural heritage, and the business of fashion.

This unprecedented gathering in Seattle of top international fashion experts and designers will feature key presenters including:

Áslaug Magnúsdottir, Iceland, Founder of Moda Operandi who has been dubbed ‘fashion’s fairy godmother’ by Vogue and ‘one of the most influential people in British retail by Draper’s

Henrik Vibskov, Denmark, Founder of his self-named label and a sought-after international performer and drummer

Orlando Palacios, United States, Owner and head-designer of the renowned New York haberdashery Worth & Worth.

Annika Axelsson, Sweden, One of the founders of DEM Collective

Yvan Mispelaere, France, Creative Designer for Diane Von Furstenberg

Additional highlights from the two-day program include:

Day 1: September 30
The first day will include a series of presentations covering, among other topics, forecasting fashion trends, slow fashion, ethics of fashion, and how to build a brand. The day will conclude with a screening of “Rabbit Hole,” Icelandic designer Mundi’s first foray into film which premiered at Paris Fashion Week 2010. From 6- 8 pm, summit participants are invited to join VIPs at the Grand Opening of the Nordic Fashion Biennale.

Day 2: October 1
Day two will focus on the business of fashion, highlighting the personal journeys of success from some of fashion’s most respected experts including Pauline Brown, Steinunn Sigurdardottir, Aslaug Magnusdottir and Yvan Mispelaere. The day will conclude with a thrilling performance by the mesmerizing Henrik Vibskov.
Nicole Marion Miller, Owner and Creative Director of Blackbird, will moderate the summit along with New York-based Icelandic stylist and designer Edda Gudmundsdottir.

A complete list of topics, speakers and presenters, as well as registration information, is available at:

The Nordic Fashion Biennale 2011
The Nordic Fashion Biennale 2011—produced by the Nordic House, Reykjavik, and the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle— will run from September 30 – November 13 and will feature an exhibition of works from international designers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, with a special focus on the Western Nordic regions of Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands.

(Sourced from a press release)