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International Opera Singer
Soprano Angela Brown has graced the leading opera and symphonic stages of the world. Her multi-genre career has been lauded on the front page of The New York Times, CNN, CBS, in Oprah Magazine and Reader's Digest. And, her vocal artistry is featured on the two-time Grammy Award® winning recording “Ask Your Mama.”
Angela’s performance experience includes everything from star hostess on stage to producer and creator of Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View©1997, a unique show that has gained notoriety for bringing opera to the masses in the form of an edgy, educational and musical presentation. The success of her show inspired Angela to establish a not for profit foundation, Morning Brown, Inc., with the mission of providing musical outreach and awareness to underserved audiences and communities.
Proudly hailing from Indianapolis, Angela especially enjoys her performances with the Indianapolis Symphony or singing the National Anthem for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, and Indy Eleven. Singing “God Bless America” for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 only deepened her love affair with her beloved Indianapolis and it with her.
Stylist & Creative Director
Anj Blanchard-Carter is a Stylist, Creative Director, and Loctician with over 10 years of experience in the fashion and beauty industries. Her professional titles include boutique owner, event producer, and business manager. As an advocate for plus-size representation, Anj produced Curvature Expo to showcase the beauty of curves. Today, she continues to create one-on-one experiences and worldwide impact through assisting individuals & brands in the areas of creativity, business, presence.
Indiana State Museum
Meghan Smith is conservation lab manager at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and curator ofColor of Style, an experience exploring color, fashion and self-expression. Previously, Meghan was the costume and textile collections manager at the Chicago History Museum, where she worked on costume exhibitions such as I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot and Chic Chicago. She has also provided historic costume consultation for films, including Lincoln (2012).
Fashion Arts Society
Madison Hromadka is the President of the Fashion Arts Society; an affiliated group of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. As a part of her 8 year membership, she has served on it's board for the past 4 years and led numerous efforts towards building the Textiles and Fashion acquisitions fund.
Additionally, she has spent years working in the retail buying and merchandising space and her lifestyle blog, MadisonEileen.com, continues it’s mission to help strengthen our local fashion community.
Tales & Turbans
Tales & Turbans is a fashion and lifestyle blog created with the millennial mom in mind. It’s a space to come for inspiration, conversation, tips and how-to’s on all things motherhood, fashion, travel, and even food.
Aicha, the creator of Tales & Turbans, captures the moments that matter the most to the modern mom. She, like many moms, gives all she has to her family. So she understands that moms need care too. After working, being a super mom and wife, moms need a space to relate, be creative, share ideas, and just hang out. Tales & Turbans is that space. It’s not just a lifestyle blog, it’s a platform to inspire millennials of all backgrounds to challenge the status quo and to fully embrace and love who they are.
Polina Osherov was born in Russia, grew up in Australia, attended college in Chicago and has been an adopted Hoosier since 1999. She is one of the founders and the current Executive Director of PATTERN, a 501c3 non-profit organization engaged in workforce development for the creative class. She is the Editor-in-Chief of PATTERN magazine, an award-winning, internationally distributed fashion, culture and arts publication. She is also a professional commercial photographer specializing in fashion, portraiture and lifestyle projects.
Industry Consultant & Coach
Elliot Carlyle, known as "the brand. the voice." is a New York City-based fashion & creative consultant, speaker, and coach with over a decade of tenure in the fashion industry. Elliot began his fashion career in production, working for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week for many years. Since this time, he has seamlessly navigated multiple facets and roles within the fashion industry including public relations, model development, and creative direction. He received his formal education at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, earning a BFA in Fashion & Retail Management. Along with working in an executive capacity with award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week & international consultant, Fern Mallis, Elliot is currently the Director of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion for New York City Jewelry Week. He is also the author of The Influence Workbook, a book filled with clarifying keys, liberating exercises, and empowering takeaways that will position you on a trajectory to get to your “next” by moving you beyond the questions and unblocking your personal power. As his career continues to evolve, Elliot is committed to executing his personal mission and brand statement, “building people for global influence.”
Fashion Blogger & Consultant
Sarah Chiwaya is a fashion blogger and brand consultant specializing in plus-size fashion and inclusion.
With almost a decade of experience in plus fashion, deep connections throughout the plus press and influencer community, and an active following of young professional women, Sarah has pushed the industry toward a more inclusive future. And her viral #plussizeplease hashtag has inspired brands to take concrete steps forward.
Sarah's push for inclusion continues behind the scenes as she advises companies moving into the plus market, helps them avoid common pitfalls, and primes their plus business for success.
Sarah has been featured in the New York Times, Teen Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, Cosmo, Business Insider, Bustle, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, ManRepeller, Who What Wear and more.
Fashion Week Online
From his roots as a New York model, to now a Global Digital Director for Fashion Week, Lavish has pushed the barriers of what the fashion world has seen. He currently lives in NYC and travels frequently to cover global fashion weeks including London, Milan, Paris and Copenhagen for FashionWeekOnline along with various other publications. Born and raised with a New York mentality, Chris believes 100% in himself and never takes a day off. His attitude in demeanor is felt when he walks into a room and is respected by everyone in his field. He is constantly looking for upcoming brands to support with his network and digital direction.
Channing Hargrove is an NYC-based fashion editor and writer. She’s currently the fashion news editor at Refinery29 where she makes it a point to write stories celebrating Black women while reporting on industry events, hunting down exclusives as well as hidden stories and breaking headlines. Her work has been featured on Coveteur, Racked, Teen Vogue, Essence, and countless other media outlets. When she isn’t writing about clothing (or shopping, for research, of course), Channing is writing about life in a tiny studio apartment in a big city — and what she’s wearing — on her blog, Channing in the City.
Creator of New York Fashion Week
The award-winning creator and organizer of Fashion Week in New York and cities across the globe, Fern Mallis has been an industry game changer in the world of fashion and design for more than 35 years. A former senior vice president of IMG Fashion and executive director of CFDA, she is the author of Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, published by Rizzoli, which features no-holds-barred interviews, combined with never-before-seen personal photographs from interviewees such as Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Polly Mellen, Bruce Weber and more. Her live one-on-one interviews have included Valentino, Vera Bradley, Rosita & Angela Missoni, Iman, Alexander Wang, Russell Westbrook, Thom Browne, and Iris Apfel among others. She is currently the president of her own leading international fashion and design consultancy, Fern Mallis LLC.