Focusing on bringing contemporary clothing to the epitome of conservative institutions, IDENTITIES offers students a unique insight into the fast-paced world of fashion. Our mission is to introduce students to fashion’s unique ability to understand the fleeting temporality of our time while simultaneously offering a glimpse back to inspirational media of art, culture, materiality, and trends. We aim to push our audience’s perspective on what fashion can be and what it can represent. 

IDENTITIES centers around the Leadership of the Arts Award given annually to an active member of the fashion community that, through his or her innovation and ingenuity, has left a significant impact on the way we view clothing. We honor the designer’s understanding of the true impact fashion can have on an individual mode of expression, as well as their contributions to advance the phenomenological understand- ing that lies beyond the fabric. Past recipients include Jen Kao, Anna Sui, and Vera Wang.