Diplomacy by Design

 

 


     In the Fall of 2016, The U.S Department of State’s Office of Protocol and Elle Magazine hosted an intimate event at the Hay-Adam Hotel followed by a reception at the Blair House in Washington D.C. It was night of embracing and highlighting the culture and economic force that is fashion. Elle Magazine’s editor Robbie Myers, fashion designer Derek Lam, Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan, and President and CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America  Steven Kolb lead a discussion panel breaking down the influence fashion has on politics. T·H·E Artist Agency sponsored and supported the message of diplomacy by design by having our models showcase Derek Lam designs.

Pictured: Audrey Zantzinger,Flavia Dias,Lillian Peter,and Derek Lam

     Fashion has increasingly become a topic of conversation in the world of politics. Embassies now hold jewelry and fashion shows, that let the public obtain a greater understanding and appreciation for foreign cultures. Over 80 countries  participated in the the diplomacy by design event, including  ambassadors from Belgium, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Serbia, Somalia, Timor-Leste, and Sri Lanka.

Pictured: Amanda Chadwick, Katie Anderson, Eloise Lancsweert,and Derek Lam

     During the panel, former Secretary of State, John Kerry shared a video message with attendees about how fashion binds people with other cultures together. “The clothes we create, the food we eat, the sports we play and the traditions that we honor are all part of a nation’s identity and therefore an integral part of how countries relate to one another,” he said. The event shows how unified the fashion industry is, and how it is affected by not only each others different cultures, but also politics.