Fashion Design: A Dialogue on Inclusivity and Sustainability

Fashion Design: A Dialogue on Inclusivity and Sustainability

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Fashion design has been a growing segment of the ADC Annual Awards for several years, and our “Design for Good” categories across multiple disciplines have been incredible showcases of work that promotes positive social change and environmental responsibility. That’s why we are thrilled to be hosting a lively panel that brings together both of these concerns.

Join us virtually on Tuesday, February 13, as Izzy Camilleri, a Canadian fashion designer and ADC103 Apparel/Accessory/Footwear Design Jury President, leads a conversation about building an ethical and equitable fashion landscape.

Izzy’s panel guests include “the Braille Fashion Designer” Alexa Jovanovic; Advene co-founders Zi Xuan and Yijia Wang; textile expert and FIT adjunct professor Ellen Saville; and model, makeup artist, and activist Myles Sexton.

This promises to be an engaging conversation, even for those not in the fashion world, and it’s free to attend. Hope you’ll join us!






Myles Sexton

With the salty Nova Scotian breeze on their back, Myles Sexton’s adventure started in 2009 when they left their small town and chased after their love and curiosity for travel, beauty and fashion. Working as an international model and makeup artist for many years. This Fashion nomad’s personal style has been featured on the pages of Vogue Italia, Elle and Fashion Magazine and their celebrity clients have included Grace Jones, Maye Musk, Winnie Harlow, Nelly Furtado, Lights and Emily Hanes of Metric.

Yijia Wang & Zi Xuan

Advene is an accessories brand based in New York, established by founders Zi Xuan and Yijia Wang. The brand upholds a philosophy where beauty and integrity should be one and the same. Advene creates thoughtfully unique handbags that merge innovative designs with sustainable practices, focusing on traceable, natural materials while reducing unnecessary plastics. Since itslaunch in 2021, Advene has been regularly featured in Wallpaper, Forbes, and Vogue, and chosen by celebrities like Juliette Binoche, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber. Advene's commitment to quality and sustainability has been acknowledged through awards, including the iF Design Award 2021 and the Glossy Award for Best Sustainability Initiative.


Alexa Jovanovic

Alexa Jovanovic, known as The Braille Fashion Designer, works with the blind and visually impaired community to create fashion pieces with fully legible braille. Her braille clothing brand Aille Design (pronounced: eye) is on the leading edge of how inclusive practices and co-design processes are shaping the way that fashion is evolving. The creation of her braille fashion first began as a final research project while Alexa studied Fashion at Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University). Several years later, her research transformed into an internationally recognized and award nominated fashion brand focused on creating a new standard of inclusivity in fashion. Alexa works very closely with the community to help normalize the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all areas of fashion, from clothing design and modeling to accessible shopping environments and digital spaces. Diversity includes disability and she believes it’s time our fashion industry does too.

Ellen Saville

Ellen Saville is a textile expert and Sourcing Lead at Calico Manufacturing, driving innovative projects in responsible sourcing. As an adjunct professor at FIT, she shares her expertise in textiles, and in particular knitting. Co-founder of The Endery, a sustainable knitwear brand, Ellen is deeply passionate about fiber culture, garment longevity, and textile repair and has created her own Domestika course in visible mending. With six years of experience in Peruvian textile manufacturing, she witnessed the transformative power of sustainable practices, shaping her commitment to a responsible and vibrant future for the industry.

Moderator: Izzy Camilleri

Izzy Camilleri is one of Canada’s most innovative and celebrated fashion designers, and has built a strong reputation designing high fashion for over 39 years. Her designs have been featured in countless publications, such as Vogue, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Business of Fashion. Many A-list celebrities have worn Izzy’s pieces, including David Bowie, Angelina Jolie, Jason Momoa, and Meryl Streep, to name a few. In 2006, Izzy’s eponymous fashion line, Izzy Camilleri, earned her CAFA’s coveted Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. In 2005, a woman living with paralysis came to Izzy looking for some custom clothing that would work with her power wheelchair. Unaware of the clothing challenges people face while living with a disability, Izzy became a sponge, taking in the issues, as well as the lack of options available for wheelchair users. Inspired by this experience, in 2009, Izzy pioneered and launched her most important fashion collection to date. The revolutionary clothing line IZ Adaptive, designed specifically for wheelchair users, has changed the lives of people all over the world and is recognized globally.






DATE: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
TIME: 12:00 pm ET
WHERE: Online 



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