Heads of Profile Associations, Fashion Weeks and Fashion Schools, designers and buyers, manufacturers and influencers from Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and the CIS will discuss the fashion industry problems, the overall market prospects, and the options for cooperation between countries. A total of over 50 lectures, master classes and panel discussions.
Delegations from 60 countries will come to Moscow to participate in the BRICS+ Fashion Summit. From November 28 to 30, experts from Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and the CIS will discuss the problems of the fashion industry, prospects for the common market, as well as options for interaction between countries.
More than 200 speakers – heads of specialized associations, fashion weeks and fashion schools, designers and buyers, manufacturers and influencers – will take part in open discussions and panel sessions. The BRICS+ Fashion Summit business program will be held at the Zaryadye Moscow Concert Hall and at the Bread Factory.
Registration for the business program is open on the official website of the event , as well as in the Fashion Summit application, which is available in the Google Play and Apple Store app stores. In total, more than 60 sessions, panel discussions and round tables are planned. The BRICS+ Fashion Summit sessions will be broadcast live on the VKontakte platform in the Moscow Fashion Week community , as well as on Russian and foreign websites.
Topics of the plenary sessions: “Made in BRICS+. National brands are the basis of a single market”, “Growth Hormone. How to become a fast-growing brand”, “The future has already arrived. How technology is changing the fashion industry.”
The main program is divided into three blocks: the “Collaboration” track is aimed at combining efforts to develop the fashion segment, the “Entrepreneurship” track focuses on business processes and production issues, the “Technology” track will highlight innovations in the fashion sector, including the role of artificial intelligence in the industry.
Foreign speakers include
Yang Zhiang, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chinese Fashion Association, China; Alia Khan, Chairman of the Islamic Fashion and Design Council, UAE; Paras Bairola, Senior Board Member, Fashion Design Council of India, heads the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), India; Greg Maragelis, Dean, Cape Town College of Fashion Design (CTCFD), South Africa; David Tlale, creative director and founder of David Tlale Brand, leading designer in South Africa; Mahdi Galenovi, Director General at the Iranian Public Diplomacy Foundation, Iran; Ali Harisma, National Chairman of Indonesian Fashion Chamber and Director of Muslim Fashion Festival Indonesia, Indonesia; Mubashar Nasir Butt, Chairman, Pakistan Ready Made Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Pakistan; Olivia Mercator, co-founder of Brazil Immersive Fashion Week, Brazil; Pradeep Joshi, CEO and Dean of Applied, Fine and Performing Arts at Amity University, India; Paul Antaki, co-founder of the Egyptian Fashion Design Council, Egypt; Siena Li, film actress, founder of the fashion brand Soulwant and co-founder of Suobao Film Group, China; heads of such glossy publications as Marie Claire, Elle, Esquire from different countries and many others.
Among Russian speakers
Alena Akhmadullina, designer and founder of the Alena Akhmadullina brand; Alisa Bokha, founder and designer of the Monochrome brand; Vladimir Melnikov, owner and chairman of the board of directors of Gloria Jeans, Gennady Lokhtin, product manager of Department Store, Yandex Market; Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Digital and Technological Development; Ivan Voronin, director of e-commerce, Sber Business Soft; Madonna Moore, journalist and former editor-in-chief of Peopletalk, founder of the MUR telegram channel; Alexey Zhidkovsky, blogger; Nikita Khudov, executive director of SberAI; Nikita Shashkevich, head of the Fashion category at Avito; Oksana Kostiv, Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility Group at Lamoda, Lamoda Planet Project; Sergey Sarkisov, founder, vice president, Novard Group of Companies (the group of companies includes Econika) and many others.
Participants from the UK, Spain, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands and France will also attend the forum.
Among the topics of the business program: “Fashion brands as an integral part of the identity of a metropolis”, “(Not) an extra intermediary. Public Talk with Buyers”, “Personnel is in Fashion. What competencies should a fashion entrepreneur have”, “Marketing with a wow effect. Impact content in the fashion industry”, “Environmental example is contagious. How media and influencers inspire society to conscious consumption”, “Star style in and behind the scenes”, “Deficiency of raw materials (with the support of the Materials Center)”, “Vacancies for artificial intelligence. Will a neural network be able to replace designers, fashion journalists and influencers?” and many others.
Summit participants will touch on current issues of ecology and circular economy, talk about cultural appropriation, discuss the influence of celebrity style on the fashion industry and explain how national self-identification helps achieve success in business. The cross-cutting theme of the BRICS+ Fashion Summit will be the democratization of fashion: some speakers call it “decolonization of the fashion industry.” For the sustainable development of the industry, the emergence of new centers that set trends is necessary, because the founding countries of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are not only large production hubs for the global fashion industry, but are also becoming the main consumption markets.
On December 1–2, the Moscow Bread Factory (Hangar Hall) will host the New Fashion Industry Forum as part of the BRICS+ Fashion Summit with the support of the VK Community Relations Department. In the format of public discussions, Forum speakers will discuss industry problems, the best cases of Russian fashion business in 2023, market development trends, meanings and socio-cultural context of modern fashion. Among the speakers are the founder of the Remark department store Irina Ryabko, chief editor of the Fashion Theory magazine Lyudmila Alyabyeva, and associate professor of the Department of Economics of Innovation at Moscow State University Elena Tishchenko. Meetings with experts will be useful for entrepreneurs, designers, representatives of the local fashion community and anyone interested in fashion.
BRICS+ Fashion Summit will be a unique opportunity for designers, fashion students, industry experts and anyone interested in fashion to improve their professional skills, get acquainted with new approaches and adopt multicultural fashion experience.
The international fashion industry forum BRICS+ Fashion Summit will be held in Moscow from November 28 to December 2 and, in addition to the business program, will include: a fashion intensive with the participation of professors from fashion schools in ten countries; B2B showroom; fashion shows; festival of fashionable short films World Fashion Shorts and much more. The event is organized by the Fashion Foundation with the support of the Moscow Government.