New York fashion designer and creative director Johnathan Hayden will give a virtual presentation on June 18 followed by the Stephens College Fashion Program Award Ceremony.

The Stephens College Fashion Future lecture series will host New York fashion designer and creative director Johnathan Hayden, a New York-based hybrid designer, for a virtual presentation from 5-6 p.m. on June 18, 2020. During his lecture, titled “Global Grassroots: Redefining the Role of the Fashion Designer to Focus on Community,” Hayden will address the following topics:

  • What a fashion brand should represent
  • Developing community through collaboration and creative problem solving
  • Maintaining quality of experience via grassroots initiatives and data
  • Global trade opportunities and the art of business negotiation
  • Technology development (macro to micro)
  • How to attain real growth as a designer
  • Wellness patterns within the industry
  • Developing efficacy and empowerment within your creative community 

“The world is changing rapidly, and we are seeing history being written as we speak,” said Stephanie Carlo, an assistant professor of fashion and chair of the Stephens fashion programs. “It’s important for our students and our community to hear and to be a part of this conversation. Johnathan’s success has come with a lot of challenges, many of which our students can relate. The importance of building community, being self-sufficient and understanding the power of collaborations are some of the many subjects we will be discussing with him.”

Carlo, who will facilitate the lecture, said the fashion faculty is excited to welcome Hayden as a guest speaker.

“It is our priority to provide our students the access to industry professionals they can relate to and to continue to build a network for their future as fashion professionals,” she said.

The online event also will include a Q&A, as well as the fashion program’s awards ceremony, which is normally held after the annual fashion show.

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About Johnathan Hayden

Johnathan Hayden officially began his luxury brand while finishing his graduate studies at The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015. He launched Johnathan Hayden, a fashion ready-to-wear brand in 2016, and he has since had his augmented reality design showcased at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His designs unite his interest in technology and fashion to create luxury clothing with adaptive details. Hayden has worked with nonprofit organizations specializing in inclusive clothing for people with disabilities and continues to explore meaningful applications of technology in design. Learn more: 




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