Tulane School of Professional Advancement Announces Symposium for Local Designers

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Tulane School of Professional Advancement and New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) partner to feature local photographers and fashion designers in an upcoming symposium benefiting charity.

"We are immensely grateful for the opportunity to work with the New Orleans Museum of Art once again to host this spring design symposium, in order to recognize and connect creative, critical thinkers and designers in the community," said Schwartz.

On April 6, Tulane School of Professional Advancement and New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will host "Photography and Fashion: Capturing and Creating Costumes and Couture," a design symposium featuring some of New Orleans' brightest and most well-known photographers and fashion designers. The symposium will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Stern Auditorium at NOMA, and donations made by attendees will benefit Dress for Success. Funding for this event is provided by the Tulane University's Provost office and a Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant.

Panelists for the event include educator and Rex Carnival costume designer Susu Kearney, Royal Design House (RDH) co-owner and head designer Katie Beth Johnson, fashion designer and couture expert DéAndre Beverly, professional media photographer George Long, and commercial photographer and art director Glade Bilby. The symposium will be moderated by actress and producer Cassie Steck Worley and Carrie Lee Schwartz, Senior Professor of the Practice in Digital Design at the School of Professional Advancement.

"We are immensely grateful for the opportunity to work with the New Orleans Museum of Art once again to host this spring design symposium, in order to recognize and connect creative, critical thinkers and designers in the community," said Schwartz. "These talented panelists are chosen because they have used their design skills to enhance lives through their good works that influence both culture and commerce in the region. It is also a wonderful opportunity to 'share some sparkle' and 'give some glamour' by donating to Dress for Success as you walk in the door."

Attendees are encouraged to donate gently used women's business attire and accessories, including dresses, skirts, scarves, hats and purses to benefit Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that supports women seeking financial independence by providing business clothing for interviews and subsequent positions, as well as other tools for personal and professional development.

Those who wish to showcase their own fashions are encouraged to arrive at the event early, as local advertising agency Deep Fried will be photographing attendees before the symposium, beginning at 5:30 p.m. After reviewing the photos, organizers will award a prize for best dressed. The winner will be notified via email.

For more information on "Photography and Fashion: Capturing and Creating Costumes and Couture," those interested are encouraged to contact Tulane School of Professional Advancement on campus at 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, La. 70118, by phone at 504-865-5555, or through their website at sopa.tulane.edu.

Tulane School of Professional Advancement offers working adults the opportunity to enhance their professional lives by providing flexible degree and certificate programs. The school currently offers 26 undergraduate degree programs and four master's programs, as well as a range of post-baccalaureate certificates. Using an applied learning approach, students receive tools and hands-on experience from professors who are industry leaders.

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