Forum issue focuses on fashion ahead of Fusion Fashion Show on April 23

AddThis

Visiting professor Iris Apfel talks to fashion designer Austin Scarlett.

Photo Credit: Kelsey Barajas | Daily Texan Staff

The last Forum issue included an article about the University’s annual fashion show. This week we’re expanding on that to include other aspects of the indrustry  — drawing particular attention to a program in the School of Human Ecology: UT in NYC. The program intends to bring apparel design, conservation and merchandising students together for a broad look at the apparel industry with an entrepreneurial focus. One of the aspects of the program that is particularly special is the opportunity students have to learn from visiting professor Iris Apfel. 

Apfel is an American businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon whose style has been exhibited in the Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Called the “Rare Bird of Fashion,” Apfel’s insights into both the business and design elements of the industry are unparalleled. The opportunity to work with her is second to none. 

Yet, not all parts of the industry are glamorous. So, on another note, this page also focuses on the corporate side of fashion — mainly a former intern’s insights on working in the accounting side of a major fashion house. 

Malik is a Plan II, business honors and finance junior from Austin.