7th on Yale - Entrepreneurial Students Bring Fashion to Yale University

The Yale Entrepreneurial Society (YES) and the Yale School of Management Retail Student Interest Group kick off the second week of “7th on Yale,” a month-long lecture series dedicated to the entrepreneurial spirit of fashion on November 18 and 19.

Designers Kay Unger, Michele Bohbot of Bisou Bisou, and Behnaz Sarafpour are scheduled to speak on November 18 at 4 p.m. in the Master’s House of Yale’s Berkeley College at 125 High Street. Fashion trendsetter and style icon Diane von Furstenberg will speak the following day, November 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Linsly-Chittenden Hall on Yale’s Old Campus, 63 High Street. YES chose the East coast’s fashion district on New York City’s 7th Avenue, regarded as the heart of fashion design, for the name of it’s “7th on Yale” program title.

“We hope that bringing together established leaders and emerging visionaries to engage in dialogue about the business of fashion will broaden the public’s notion of entrepreneurship,” said series co-organizer Katherine Capelluto. “As the first conference of its kind at Yale, ‘7th on Yale’ has invited students to open their eyes to the challenges and innovations of the fashion industry.”

Unger, Bohbot and Sarafpour will each present their own point of view as they sit with students and faculty to discuss their experiences as industry leaders and rising visionaries. Unger was named one of last year’s “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.” Sarafpour, an emerging new designer, was nominated for the 2002 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award. Bohbot’s designs address the total lifestyle of the empowered woman, giving Paris street fashion an American twist. The Master’s Tea will include student models and video footage of this season’s fashion shows.

Von Furstenberg will discuss her role as a vanguard of the fashion industry. To highlight her lecture, von Furstenberg will use signature dresses from her Fall/Winter 2002, modeled by the students. A frontrunner since she burst onto the fashion scene in the early 1970s, von Furstenberg’s designs continue to inspire sexy and independent women across the globe. The creator of the original wrap dress, she is not only a designer but also a respected businesswoman and a model entrepreneur.

“We are hoping to build on the success and the enthusiasm we saw during the first part of the series earlier this month,” said Capelluto. “We gave students and the public an opportunity to discuss the world of fashion with industry leaders Andre Leon Tally, Vogue’s Editor-at-Large, and public relations luminary Elizabeth Harrison, who shared their experiences as entrepreneurs.”

The first week of the inaugural event included Valerie Steele, chief curator of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, who spoke on “Fashion, Italian Style,” an in-depth look at international fashion movements and the innovation of design. Harrison, director of Harrison & Shriftman, conversed about breaking into the business of public relations and fashion. Tally discussed his experiences working with style guru Dianna Vreeland and the legendary Andy Warhol.

All “7th on Yale” events are free and open to the public. Through dynamic discussion and unique perspectives, YES hopes that “7th on Yale” will help to expand entrepreneurship on the Yale campus and in the New Haven community at large.

For further information and a complete schedule, contact Katherine Capelluto, 917-968-9336 or Amy K. Jain, 203-645-8262.