about design dialogues

The Design Dialogues site houses all online publications from the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design.

This site is funded by the Stephan Weiss Lecture Series on Business Strategy, Negotiation and Innovation. This lectureship was launched in 2002 to commemorate the life of the late artist and sculptor Stephan Weiss, husband and business partner of the fashion designer Donna Karan. Weiss co-founded Donna Karan International in 1984, and was instrumental in every significant venture the company undertook: launching and structuring new brands, most notably the Donna Karan Beauty company; signing new licenses; establishing in-house legal and creative departments; devising its computer design technology; orchestrating the company’s initial public offering in 1996; and negotiating its sale to the current owner LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton.

about the school of design strategies

The School of Design Strategies is an experimental educational environment. We advance innovative approaches in design, business and education. In the evolving context of cities, services and ecosystems, we explore design as a capability and a strategy in the environmentally conscious practices of individuals, groups, communities and organizations. For more about the School of Design Strategies, visit the SDS Magazine.

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Stephan Weiss Lecture: Zoe Romano On Open-Source Branding

This year’s Stephan Weiss Lecture Series begins on October 4 with a presentation by Zoe Romano entitled “From Open Source Branding to Collaborative Clothing.” The lecture will provide an introduction to the origins of the idea of open-source branding, and how it has evolved into the Openwear project, fostering a new perspective on design, value creation and collaboration in fashion.

Zoe Romano co-founded Openwear.org, a European project around collaborative fashion, open design and open-source branding. Since 2005, she has been an active member of Serpica Naro, a collective and “meta-brand” that satirizes the European fashion industry.

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