I’ve been covering Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, in my capacity as a member of the press, for almost ten (10) years now. However, I never visualized a Fashion Law Institute hitting the runways with its own collection. (Laughs) How delightful. Of course I dreamt and still dream/ fantasize about when fashion law will be the rave across the country and internationally. But, a fashion collection produced by lawyers and law students at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York? Who would have tonk it? (Laughs again) It is a beautiful thing indeed. Now I have to get my fellow model girlfriends to agree to strut in haute couture fashion law designs for the next season, once we of course make it through castings. (Laughs)
The Root.com reviews The Fashion Law Institute’s debut at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York! It is written by Attorney and Writer Tricia Elam.
“(The Root) — It could have had a clever campy name, such as “Fashion Brief” or “Legal Runway,” but Fordham University Law School’s Fashion Law Institute simply billed its event last week during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as a fashion presentation. The affair was held at the Box in New York’s Lincoln Center to commemorate FLI’s second anniversary.
Founded in September 2010, the school offers seven courses, including fashion law and finance, fashion ethics, sustainability and development, and fashion-modeling law. Additionally, seminars, open to anyone interested, are given several times a year with intriguing titles such as “Law of the Fashion Show,” “Law and the Little Black Dress” and “Nice Ice: Ethical Alternatives to Conflict Diamonds.”
Lawyers and law students can attend an annual weeklong summer boot camp to get a crash course in fashion legalese. Plus, attorneys volunteer to give free advice to rising designers and models at the school’s pop-up legal clinics.
The fashion-installation idea came about after a panel discussion at the school earlier this year. “We had met these wonderful designers for whom a show at Fashion Week would not be financially feasible,” Susan Scafidi, the institute’s academic director and an innovator in the field of fashion law, told The Root. “So why not have our own show?” . . .
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Photodescription:“Fashion Law Institute Professor Susan Scafidi attends the Fashion Law Institute Spring 2013 fashion show presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Box at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2012 in New York City.”