Fashion and the Oil Spill

Peter Wood

Good news for those who have eagerly awaited academe’s considered responses to last summer’s Gulf oil spill.  And even better news for those who have been eagerly awaiting how the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been received and analyzed among cutting-edge professors of fashion and design.  On October 6, the New School in New York City will host a panel of faculty members who will discuss the undersea gusher.  The moderator is the dean of “Parsons The New School for Design,” as it is now awkwardly named, and panelists will include an economist, a chemist, and intriguingly, an associate provost, Elizabeth Ellsworth, who as “co-director of the smudge studio,” might indeed know something about spilling viscous liquids. I am, however, even more intrigued by what scheduled speaker Shelley Fox, the Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, will unveil at the event.

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