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#FashionTalks | Fern Mallis: Industry Titan, Doyenne, and The Godmother of Fashion

Julie Tsai

Hailed as the award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week, Fern Mallis has been called an industry titan, doyenne, and The Godmother of Fashion. As the creator and host of premiere conversation series Fashion Icons w/Fern Mallis at New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y, Mallis assembled an incredible roster of guests for her now signature in-depth interviews, including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, and Diane von Fürstenberg, to name just a few.

Vídeo: Pratt Institute Salutes Fern Mallis

Pratt Institute salutes Fern Mallis, recipient of the 2012 Pratt Institute Fashion Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.

Through our podcast session, she shares with us her remarkable journey from being a student at the University of Buffalo, winning the Mademoiselle magazine’s Guest Editor Competition, to becoming Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) then Senior VP of IMG Fashion. With two-lifetime achievement awards honored to her, one from Pratt Institute and the other from Fashion Institute of Technology, Fern Mallis shares with us her perspective on the evolution of the industry since she embarked on her journey, as well as her outlook on the future of the fashion industry.

Mallis is currently President of her own fashion and design consultancy, Fern Mallis LLC, which works with international and domestic fashion, lifestyle and design companies on branding, image, creative business strategies, and event production. Apart from her influence within the fashion industry, Fern Mallis is widely credited for her philanthropic and charity work including fundraising for AIDS, homeless alleviation programs, breast cancer, design scholarships and numerous other initiatives to benefit the community.

Tune into this episode of #FashionTalks to discover the transformations that Fern Mallis brought to the industry and how she continues to curate cultural moments that shape and influence the industry at large.

Listen to “#FashionTalks | Fern Mallis: Industry titan, doyenne, and the Godmother of Fashion” on Spreaker.

Want to hear more from fashion industry insiders? Check out our previous podcast with Andrew Lister, Senior Vice President of Purple PR.

Julie Tsai

After completing her Master's degree, Julie decided to continue her journey exploring the fields of fashion and tech. Apart from her interests in both topics, Julie is also an advocate of animal welfare and girls' education.

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