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Maricopa Community Colleges 2011/12 Honors Forum Lecture Series

Norman Lear Center Managing Director and Director of Research Johanna Blakley explores the implications of fashion’s unique creative ecology, where fashion designs are treated as shared resources that can be freely reused, recreated and recombined. The so-called fast-fashion industry – Zara and H&M, for instance – have inaugurated a new era in the history of fashion, one in which high-end designs are made available to the masses shortly after they debut in the world’s finest fashion houses. Some have worried that the accelerating copy-cat culture in the fashion industry will lead to bland homogeneous designs. But what we’ve witnessed instead is an unprecedented democratization of fashion. More people have more access to more innovative clothing design than ever before. For background on the Lear Center’s work on fashion and copyright law, please visit www.readytoshare.org This talk was part of the Honor’s Forum Lecture Series, hosted by Maricopa Community Colleges, which have over a quarter million students enrolled in their network of ten colleges in the Phoenix area.