10 Years of the Art&Fashion Forum
The Art&Fashion Forum is an open platform of inspiration and education, expert seminars and creative workshops, as well as meetings with the most influential figures in the world of fashion, media and new technologies. Since its inception, the project has been addressed to young talents willing to grow their ideas and skills, ready to make bold business and life decisions throughout their careers. The successful AFF graduates include Agata Bieleń, Anka Letycja Walicka, Jacob, Fashion PR Girl, Ewa Stępnowska, Elena Ciuprina, Robert Karger and Hektor Świtalski, Magda Linke, Pat Guzik, Monika Czesak and Łukasz Bliński. Over the years, they have all been encouraged by the creator of Art&Fashion Forum Grażyna Kulczyk, who has an unceasing passion for art and business innovation.
“I want to anticipate change and do things that have never been done before. This is why I have created the Art&Fashion Forum. It is the only event to have continuously inspired and educated young people in Poland for 10 years. The Open University lectures and workshops have gathered thousands of participants. The AFF has brought together visionaries and experts who are masters in their discipline. It has become a modern social project, a forum for the exchange of creative and innovative ideas. I am always proud whenever I hear that AFF graduates are successful in business on the competitive and demanding international market. This year, I invite them to meet once against with the creators of the innovative world of fashion and art. I know that we will once again serve as a springboard for many pioneering initiatives”
said Grażyna Kulczyk.
photo: Adam Plucinski
Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio curates the 10th edition of the AFF
This year’s curator of the event, Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, joins the experts and mentors in fashion and art who have made so special all the editions of the AFF to date, including Andrew Bolton (curator at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Scott Schumann (The Sartorialist), Jean Charles de Castelbajac (French fashion creator), Anja Rubik (supermodel), Bradford Shellhammer (creator of fab.com), and Barbara Hulanicki (founder of the cult brand BIBA in London).
Nick Knight is a world-known visionary of photography and an icon of art, fashion and new technology. He has pioneered the first live streamings of fashion shows and introduced fashion video as a tool of communications in fashion. He has created many international exhibitions straddling the worlds of art and fashion. His SHOWstudio is an award-winning unique concept of an online platform, through which Nick constantly extends the limits of online fashion. According to Business of Fashion, it is “a temple to human creativity in the Internet Age.”
Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio regularly works with the most recognisable icons of contemporary fashion: Kate Moss, Rick Owens, John Galliano, as well as celebrities of pop culture: Tracey Emin, Björk, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga.
The author and initiator of the partnership between Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio and the AFF is W P Onak, the founder of the creative agency OCR Creations, the author of many fashion videos and documentaries, named AFF Artistic Director last year as well as this year.
Nick Knight by Ruth Hogben
“Different = Irreplaceable” as the theme
This October (17 – 29 October), Stary Browar in Poznań, owned by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management since 2015, will become a home to creative workshops, lively debates, as well as creative discussions. The organisers offer two panel discussions of the Open University on 29 October: a debate on fashion and a debate on art. Both panels will be moderated by SHOWstudio. The videos of the debates will be available on SHOWstudio.com, getting global online reach for the first time in the AFF’s history.
The theme and inspiration for all participants and guests of the event is “Different = Irreplaceable”.
“The theme of the 10th Anniversary of Art and Fashion Forum by Grażyna Kulczyk calls for us to all embrace each other’s differences and help bring about a future where people are celebrated for their uniqueness and individuality, sentiments that I entirely agree with”
said Nick Knight.
Like every year, New School workshop as part of Art&Fashion Forum has very practical and creative character. The classes will be held from 17-28 October, and the best participants will be announced during a gala - 29th October.
New School workshops are led by eminent practitioners from Poland and the whole world, often associated with AFF from the very beginning of the project. This year the workshop will take place in five categories: Fashion Design (Mark Fast), Fashion Jewelery (Anna Orska), Fashion Illustration (Olka Osadzińska), Fashion Photography (Adam Pluciński i Marta Wajszczyk) and Fashion Writing (Piotr Zachara).