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Dean’s Forum: The Business of Modest Wear

October 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

poster for Business of Modest Wear with photos of the speakers

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology presents a Fall 2018 Dean’s Forum. Modest wear has gained in popularity with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women thirsty for stylish clothes that satisfy their religious preferences and for women with a preference for wearing less skin-revealing clothes.

The audience will hear from modest wear industry professionals Lisa Vogl, director of Verona’s Collection, which is sold on Macys.com and through her store in Orlando, Fla.; Nailah Lymus, CEO of Underwraps, the first Muslim/modest female modeling agency; Veronica Marrinan, one of the partners in Litany, a modest wear company targeting Catholic women; and Sumiyyah Rasheed, CEO of SWH Apparel, a domestic manufacturer of plus-size women’s active wear and lingerie. The panel will be moderated by the renowned plus-size advocate, Catherine Schuller, CEO/executive director of Runway the Real Way.

The panel will address and dispel myths and stereotypes commonly attributed to modest wear consumers, such as the misconception that equates modesty with drab or lackluster apparel and style. “Just because a woman dresses modestly doesn’t mean she’s lacking in fashion sensibility,” said Rasheed. “Furthermore, we want to encourage the future designers to explore a career in the lucrative modest wear industry and, armed with their technical and creative expertise, they can lead the effort in the fashion industry to bring fashionable styles and change to the market place.”

There will be a Q&A session after the panel discussion.

This Dean’s Forum is part of FIT’s Civility Week, which seeks to engage the community in a
discussion of respectful ways of living and learning. Learn more at fitnyc.edu/civilityweek.

This event is open to FIT students only; it will be livestreamed at livestream.com/FIT/modestwear.


October 10, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY United States