In October 2014, the World Cities Culture Forum Shanghai Symposium “Trend Setters: The Future of Fashion in World Cities” took place as part of Shanghai International Art Festival. It demonstrated what the world’s great cities are doing to grow their fashion sector in a range of economic, social and cultural contexts.
Fashion has always helped to define the cultural status of a city. In today’s competitive global economy, fashion increasingly both reflects and projects the distinctive cultural identity of individual world cities.
The symposium gathered speakers from Shanghai and five other world cities to examine this phenomenon. They defined what makes a fashion capital in cultural and economic terms, sharing their thoughts on how the global map of fashion is changing and how the balance of influence, especially between East and West, is changing. They also presented the programmes, plans and strategies they have in their individual cities for developing and growing the fashion sector.
The World Cities Culture Forum Shanghai Symposium was funded and co-hosted by Shanghai Municipal Government, Jing’an District government and Shanghai Theatre Academy. The Symposium was organised by Metropolitan Cultural Audit Centre (MCAC) STA, BOP Consulting, Shanghai Jing Gong Group, on behalf of the World Cities Culture Forum.
More information can be found about the Shanghai Symposium on its associated website (Chinese only): www.shcci.cn/node749718/whlt/index.html
We would like to thank the following for participating and speaking at the 2014 World Cities Culture Forum Shanghai Symposium:
JIN Yuanpu, Director of Research Center for Cultural Creative Industries of Renmin University of China
DING Zhaochen, Professor & Dean of New Media Department, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Hans-Georg Knopp, Berlin International Cultural Policy Institute Senior Fellow
DAI Xu, President of National Culture Technology Innovative Service League
Terence CHU, Founder and Managing Director of APAX Group
Simon MA, Interdisciplinary Artist, CEO & Artistic Director of Ma.Design Com. Ltd
Andrew Tucker, Course Leader, MA Fashion Journalism, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre
Shelley Fox, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, Director MFA Fashion Design & Society,Parsons The New School For Design
Sakina M’SA, Fashion Designer, Founder of SAKINA M’SA
HUANG Changyong, Vice President, Shanghai Theatre Academy
XU Jiahua, Professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy
WU Renjun, President of Shanghai International Fashion Education Center
Yang Qingqing, Associate Professor & Head of Art Design Major in Shanghai Theatre Academy
Yoko, Visiting Professor, Luxury Brand Management (EMBA) Donghua University
TANG Ying, Founder of Galleria Shanghai
TAN Zhuo, Director, China Area, Media 10
WU Qi, Area Manager Asia, Italy CEPU Group
ZHU Xiaoming, Professor of Management, President of China Europe International Business School
Suma Akira, Secretarial Chief, UNESCO & NHK World Heritage Project
John Howkins, Associate, BOP Consulting
World Cities Culture Forum Management Team
Paul Owens, Managing Director, BOP Consulting; Director, World Cities Culture Forum
Yvonne Lo, Co-ordinator, World Cities Culture Forum; Researcher, BOP Consulting