Model Citizen: Exploring Fashion’s Evolving Landscape

Model Citizen: Exploring Fashion’s Evolving Landscape

Veronica Webb in conversation with French Designer Sophie Theallet

Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.
$10 members · $20 non-members · $40 V.I.P
Online via Zoom · In English

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6:00 p.m. (Chicago) and 7:00 p.m. (New York)

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, model Veronica Webb first traveled to Paris at the age of 19, launching a decades long career working with noted designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Martine Sitbon, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Azzedine Alaia and Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garcons. In addition to being featured in publications such as Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Webb became the first black model to receive a lucrative beauty contract with Revlon. A long time advocate for increasing diversity within fashion’s ranks, Webb discusses the industry’s evolving landscape with French fashion designer Sophie Theallet

Sophie Theallet honed her skills in Paris during her time as Azzedine Alaïa’s right hand for over a decade. In 2007 she launched her label in New York, dressing clients such as Michelle Obama and receiving the coveted CFDA Award. Theallet, now based in Montreal, offers her couture exclusively with drops on digital platform Room 502, dedicated to a responsible and ethical approach to luxury fashion.

This conversation will include a visually immersive presentation featuring print and runway work throughout Webb’s career, as well as the fascinating individuals she met along the way.


This series is curated by Alexander Aubry; Patrizia di Carrobio; and Aimee Laberge – in partnership with the Fashion Resource Center the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).


Free admission for this program is offered to students in Fashion Studies at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago; the Lycée français de Chicago; as well as students of French at Loyola University and DePaul University in Chicago; University of Wisconsin - Madison: Washington University in Saint-Louis; and Oberlin College. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.



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