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Fashion on Film: The Next Black

Woman holding a piece of fabric up to the light

 

Join our museum community online for a discussion of The Next Black, a documentary about designers, innovators, and leaders who are shaping the future of what we wear. Special guest Kelly Cobb, associate professor of fashion and apparel studies at the University of Delaware, will lead the conversation.

About the Film

New technologies, sustainability concerns, and innovative minds are transforming our clothes. This documentary film introduces the designers, innovators, and leaders who are shaping the future of clothing with ideas that range from water-free dyeing techniques to growing fabric in a lab. The film probes beyond what we are wearing to explore how we produce clothes, how we interact with them, and how we care for them. This is not a story about what’s new, it’s about what’s next. (AEG, 2014, 60 minutes.)

About Kelly Cobb

Kelly Cobb is an innovative textile designer and associate professor of fashion and apparel studies at the University of Delaware. Her projects range from developing compostable mushroom fabric to co-designing garments in customized prints that encourage recall in people experiencing memory loss. Derived from craft and socially and environmentally conscious, Cobb's specialized approach to design encompasses fiber, weave, dye, print, and technology. She often co-designs with users. Cobb holds an MFA from the University of Florida.

How to Participate

To participate, simply sign up here, and then watch the film at your leisure before Thursday, September 24. The film is available to stream on YouTube. We will email you a link and instructions for joining our group discussion on Zoom. 

About the Fashion on Film Series

Monthly discussions on documentary and feature films explore the world of fashion, design, sustainability, and global textile traditions.