About Us

Conceptual Couture
A space for conversations and interviews that contemplate the intersection between art and fashion.

History

In late 2016, a heightened political and social awareness lead us at Hartford Fashion Week to reflect on fashion’s place in history. When viewed through the lens of an art, we can use fashion to investigate the social, economical, and political reflections of our contemporary life. With this, we redefined our mission and launched Conceptual Couture.

Mission

Hartford Fashion Week

We believe in the integral role that art and culture play in growing and sustaining a flourishing city and we are poised to be an unforgiving defender of the arts. Fashion is first and foremost an art, and therefore a tool for artistic expression and communication. We strive to bring fashion to the community that reflects the cultural, political, and societal issues of our time. Our specific goals are to:

  • Elevate the quality and quantity of contemporary fashion and art in the city and surrounding areas
  • Educate viewers about contemporary fashion’s place in art history.
  • Encourage critical thinking and conversation spawned by viewing fashion, art, and artist statements.
  • Resist the pressures of fast fashion by placing quality and personal style over highly disposable trends.
  • Challenge the community to reconsider the way we look at, talk about, and wear clothing. This includes everything from one's individual choices to dress using fashion as a form of self-expression advancing to a culminating point in the longstanding history of fashion.
  • Highlight artists and designers who work at the intersection of contemporary art and fashion.

By highlighting artists we aim to begin the dialogue necessary to achieve these goals. We believe in the power of utilizing fashion, clothing, and textile design as a medium for expressive communication and a starting point for conversations paramount to a thriving community.

Last updated July 12, 2017

The Team

Katrina Orsini

The founder and Executive Director of Hartford Fashion Week, Orsini explores her interest in contemporary textile sculptures, installations, and fashion by bringing social and entrepreneurial skills to stimulate the conversation of, education about, and culture around contemporary art. As a sculptor with a studio in Brooklyn, her personal work allows her a unique understanding of technique and participation in the dialogue of creation and process.

Matthew Seremet

Seremet designed our website and has been providing web services to Hartford Fashion Week through his artist support project, ArtSho.ws. His educational background includes an AA in Visual Fine Arts as well as an AA Graphic Design from Manchester Community College, in Connecticut. He also has a BA in University Studies specializing in Multimedia Web Design from the University of Hartford. A lifelong artist and art adorer, Seremet believes that most precious element of any artwork is the concept behind it. To quote him directly, “Technical application of the concept is not to be ignored, but the origin of the idea is paramount.”

Our Goals

Challenge

viewers to consider their choice of everyday fashion and view it as a form of self expression

Converse

Encourage critical thinking and conversation spawned by viewing fashion, art, and artist statements.

Build

To elevate the quality and quantity of contemporary fashion and art in the city and surrounding areas.

Educate

viewers about contemporary fashion’s place in art history.

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