Newark, DE - University of Delaware's Fashion and Apparel Studies Department held its Annual Advisory Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, with some of the industry's most well-connected innovators and leaders, several of whom are alum to the university. During an all-day event, department faculty joined members of the advisory council to discuss the Fashion and Apparel Studies program's success and opportunities.
Following the Advisory Council meeting, students were invited to attend the Fashion Lecture Series titled, Life in the Fast Lane: Why faster fashion matters" presented by Ed Gribbin, President of Alvanon Inc. and Global Apparel Expert. Gribbin discussed the prevailing trend of fast fashion and the future of the fashion industry. Immediately following the lecture, a discussion panel opened to the floor which included Ed Gribbin, Anastasia Charbin, Chief Marketing Officer for Centric Software, Paula Zusi, Global Operations Advisor for Advent International, and the panel moderator, Megan Blissick, master's student in the department's graduate program. The panel touched on several topics from the future of industry jobs to technology and further discussion of fast fashion in the industry. The event closed with advice to students on how to transition into the industry.