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“Speaking of Fashion: Featuring Dapper Dan”

  • Washington University in St. Louis Emerson Auditorium, Knight Center, Olin School of Business, One Brookings Drive St. Louis, MO 63130 United States (map)
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St. Louis Fashion Fund presents “Speaking of Fashion: Featuring Dapper Dan” on Saturday, October 19, 12-1 p.m. at Emerson Auditorium, Knight Center, Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130
Join the Saint Louis Fashion Fund on the campus of Washington University-St. Louis for a very special Speaking of Fashion featuring the legendary Dapper Dan. The morning will begin with a panel discussion on Diversity in Fashion, followed at by a discussion with Dapper Dan moderated by Tania Beasley-Jolly, Co-Founder, Saint Louis Fashion Fund. After the event, there will be an opportunity to purchase a copy of Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir and have it signed live by Dapper Dan.
With his eponymous store on 125th Street, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s, co-opting luxury branding to design original garments with high-end detail. Known for using exquisite leathers, furs, and other fine materials, he first drew powerful New York City hustlers as clientele, who all came due to his strong street reputation as a legendary professional gambler and dandy. He then went on to outfit entertainers and other celebrities, including Eric B. & Rakim, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Missy Elliott, JAY-Z, Aaliyah, P. Diddy, Floyd Mayweather, and many more. Dapper Dan has been featured on platforms including The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, CNN, and Netflix. His works have been exhibited at The Smithsonian, The Museum at FIT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.
“Speaking of Fashion” is a series of talks featuring industry professionals in fashion and design. The series is hosted by Saint Louis Fashion Fund. This event is generously supported by Urban League of St. Louis and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts/Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity/The Academy for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion of Washington University-St. Louis..
This is a FREE event and is open to the public, tickets are required.