Author: Danielle Sponder Testa, Ph.D.
Exhibit: Community Repair
On Saturday 14 May we had a Private View for LCF faculty, industry professionals, and of course family and friends. The night was filled with music, drinks, food, and a brief speech from Dilys Williams and Otto von Busch discussing the project, its impact and significance. Here are some images from the night.
GENE REGEN, 2008/2009 Gene Regen was a sustainable business plan developed in 2008 to meet the gap in sustainable fashion for the apparel mass market. After being reviewed by a series of top industry professionals in New York in January of 2009 it won the Geoffrey Beene $25,000 scholarship of 2009 which was awarded by…
TARGET, 2008/2009 During two successive summers at Target Corporation in Minneapolis, MN, Danielle worked within the buying and merchandising departments in Ready-to-wear and Means to identify existing issues in the buying and merchandising of products in order to improve sales and in-stock percentages. On a team of business analyst Danielle utilized proprietary software to analyze company sales data and unproductive…
Exhibit: Fashioning the Future
November 2011 The Flourish Approach, a project looking at incorporating cultural skills into the global knitting supply chain, was on display at the Fashioning the Future exhibit at Canary Warf. The Fashioning the Future Awards are hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion fat the London College of Fashion: http://www.sustainable-fashion.com/fashioning-the-future/ Start Date: Friday, November 11, 2011 End…
Outreach: London Green Fair
July 2011 Danielle’s M.A. work surrounded incorporating sustainable practices into mass market consumption. As a part of her outreach, she led a workshop at the London Green Fair working with kids to make flowers and objects out of up-cycled and scrap fabrics. The goal of the workshop was to entice kid’s creativity and remind them…
2012 Danielle worked in Merchandising for the Formal Tailoring department at Topshop; this included formal jackets and outerwear (think blazers and career coats) and professional trousers. Danielle’s main responsibilities included assortment planning and allocation. Danielle expressed interest in strategy and international expansion, so when Sir Philip Green announced the partnership with the U.S. retailer Nordstrom…
Daily Mirror Summer Street Style
In 2012 Danielle was interviewed by the Daily Mirror about summer style inspiration. Check it out! http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/style/summer-street-style-video-3am-775272
Mary Katrantzou and New Gen 2012 at Topshop
Over London Fashion Week Topshop launched a collaboration with Mary Katrantzou. The styles were reminiscient of the runway collection but in more affordable fabrications and accessible styling, ranging between 100 – 400 GBP. Along with the Mary K collection, Topshop also launched a series of t-shirts designed by London New Gen designers to celebrate 10…