EVENT TO EXPLORE INTERPLAY BETWEEN FASHION, POP CULTURE & POLITICS
LOS ANGELES – The Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Fashion Law Project and the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review will host “The Creative Response to Political Disruption” to focus on fashion and pop culture in a time of political uncertainty on Friday, April 7, 2017 on Loyola’s downtown L.A. campus. Livestream viewing is available on request.
Panelists from across industries will discuss options available to artists when their work is unexpectedly used for political purposes. Participants will also look at social media, image management, boycotts, and conscious-consumerism as tools for messaging.
“The 2016 presidential election raised important questions about what happens when a political party uses the work of a designer, artist, actor or studio,” said Staci Jennifer Riordan ’04, executive director of The Fashion Law Project, the first program on the West Coast to focus solely on the legal issues associated with the fashion industry
. “ When someone appropriates your creation and uses it in a way you never intended, what rights do you have?”
Pocketbook activism is at its peak, with more and more consumers choosing to make political statements through the money they spend.
The panel “#YourDollarHasPower: How Our Consumer Purchases May Have Inadvertent Social and Political Impact” will discuss ways boycotts impact the political landscape. Confirmed speakers include Shannon Coulter, whose #GrabYourWallet initiative encouraged consumers to avoid Trump-family products, and celebrity stylists Karla Welch and Elizabeth Stewart. Riordan will moderate.
“Brand Identity & Image Management: How Brands and Designers Remain in Control and on Trend in Social and Political Activism”
will explore rights designers and labels have when their work is used in political messaging, especially when that message is of an opposing view.
Panelists will include Peter Eliasberg, chief counsel and Manheim Family Attorney, ACLU of Southern California; Yosi Sargent, founder of Taskforce PR; and Christina Chang, CMG Worldwide; and Garret Gerson, president, YSTR. The moderator will be entertainment and brand lawyer Nyanza Shaw, Esq.
Social media’s impact on politics will be the focus on the panel, “Twitter, Terrorism & Trends: Social Media’s Role in Disrupting How We Communicate & Consume.”
Panelists will discuss the role social media plays in disseminating information, how pop culture can blur the intended message and the legal implications of communicating via digital platforms.
Panelists will include Raina Penchansky, Chief Strategy Officer, DBA; Ashlee Margolis, founder of A-list PR; Professor Nina Brown, Syracuse University; and Rick Ishitani, detective, Anti-Piracy Unit, Los Angeles Police Department.
The moderator will be Deborah Greaves, partner, Brutzkus Gubner.
The panel, “Capitalizing on Chaos: How to Profit During Uncertain Times in the Global Fashion Trade,”
will focus on ways brands can continue to thrive, regardless of politics, at time when stock prices can fall with a simple Tweet. Panelist will also share tips for maintaining stability during times of disruption.
Speakers include Erik Smithweiss, partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, Ted Houston of Polygon Solutions; Marjorie Williams, vice president, Business & Legal Affairs, Endemol Shine North America; and Yvonne Niami, president, n Philanthropy.
The moderator will be Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association.
The lunchtime speakers will be internationally renowned artist Mona Kuhn and Lida Venieri, Civic Art Program Coordinator at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
The moderator will be Christine Steiner, art lawyer based at Withersworldwide.
The symposium, hosted by the Fashion Law Project and Loyola’s Entertainment Law Review, will be held in the
Girardi Advocacy Center on
Loyola’s campus at 919 Albany St., Los Angeles, CA 90015.
The presenting sponsor is Nixon Peabody.
Co-sponsors include Studio No One, Geragos & Geragos, and the California Fashion Association.
Program details and registration information are available at
About The Fashion Law Project
The Fashion Law Project is a comprehensive academic center at Loyola Law School focused on the unique and all-encompassing legal issues affecting the fashion industry in the U.S. and abroad.
Its multifaceted design provides programming for several audiences, including law students, design students, legal professionals and fashion industry professionals.
Offerings include dedicated fashion law courses and a Sub-Concentration, annual symposia and the Fashion Law Intensive Summer Program, which will run from July 27–30, 2017. Learn more at
About Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
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The Law School strives to instill in students the knowledge they need to excel on their chosen paths.
It dedicates itself to preparing students for the rigors of practice with an extensive portfolio of practical-training opportunities, a 17,000-strong alumni network and a focus on social justice.
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