In this epicenter of fashion, style evolves as quickly as the lights change on Broadway, beautifully chronicling prominent events, moods and phases of history. New York City is the place to be for any and all love the art of fashion, or even just love gazing at the diverse canvas laid out in the city streets, but the threads run deep here – deeper than what’s trending from Gucci or McQueen. In many ways, designers help us tell our stories through our clothing, allowing for endless possible expressions and personalities. It’s this nuance and philosophy of fashion that continues to intrigue and influence the world’s styles, and has for centuries.
For dedicated patrons of fashion and its stories, this fall, Crystal Symphony is the place to be. During a “Fashion & Style” themed Experiences of Discovery voyage, guests will set sail from New York City, spending two full days in this style mecca. Joining them on their journey, will be four preeminent experts in various facets of the fashion industry as it is now, as it was, and as it looks to the future. The 10-day “Fall’s Grandeur” sailing embarks September 25 and explores the autumn glory that is New England and eastern Canada at that time of year, beginning with the stylish beauty found in New York.
Along the way, explore the fascinating history and behind-the-runway culture of the fashion industry of past and present with engaging presentations from:
Fashion Historian and Journalist Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell – Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell has worked as a curator, consultant, and educator for museums and universities around the world. She is the author of Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette (Yale, 2015), winner of the 2016 Millia Davenport Publication Award, and co-author of Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 (Prestel, 2010). Kimberly writes about fashion, art, and culture for The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Ornament, and Politico. She has presented at the National Gallery of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of London, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and is delighted to add Crystal Symphony to that list.
Fashion Institute of Technology Project Coordinator Ariele Elia – In addition to her role with the newly launched MFA Fashion Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Ariele is a fashion academic in her own right. In her previous position at the Museum at FIT as the assistant curator of Costume and Textiles, she curated or co-curated a number of exhibits and assisted with the exhibitions Expeditions: Fashion from the Extreme and Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashion of the 1930s. Her areas of expertise range from cultural appropriation to fashion and technology and has published essays including, The Wardrobe of the Modern Athlete: Activewear in the 1930s and Ocean Exploration: Fashion from the Deep. She holds an M.A. in Fashion and Textile: History, Theory, and Museum Practices from FIT, as well as a B.A. in Art History from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Fashion, Textile and Costume Designer Emil Gampe – Vienna, London, New York, Los Angeles…Emil’s creations are as unique and varied as the many places he’s called home. As a textile engineer in Austria he designed and patented high-end textiles with worldwide success. As a costume designer, he started England’s version of Dancing With The Stars. As a fashion expert, he consulted with several designer brands and won the TV talent show Launch My Line in the US. As a couture designer, he dressed the world’s most prestigious red carpets including the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys.
Designer Retail Expert Susan Stein – Susan knows what modern fashion enthusiasts like, and she’s an expert and making them look their best. Formerly the Fashion/Public Relations Director for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Connecticut, then Director of the Fifth Avenue Club in Beverly Hills and Director of the Personal Shopping Department for Bloomingdale’s LA, Susan has also coached up-and-coming designers as a professor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.