Hampden's Stacy Smallwood speaking at Pecha Kucha in Charleston
I know it comes as no surprise, but there are some serious misconceptions about fashion in Charleston, South Carolina. Therefore, when I was asked to speak at the local affiliate of Pecha Kucha, an organization designed as an informal forum for creative people to meet, network and show their work in public, I was excited to put some of those misconceptions about fashion to rest. I do have to admit that I was nervous to get up in front of a sold out crowd of 500 people who consider fashion to be superficial. In the end, the audience resonated with some real life examples of how fashion can affect someone's life and how it has personally moved me through the years. Check out my entire video here and hopefully it will move you as well to see fashion in a different light...
Pecha Kucha was founded in Tokyo in 2003 and Pecha Kucha Night has spread virally to over 135 cities around the world. Check out www.pecha-kucha.org to see if you have a chapter in your area and how you might get involved.
Pecha Kucha is Japanese for the sound of conversation, is a mix of show-and-tell, open-mike night and happy hour that has become a forum for ideas on design, architecture and other forms of creativity. Devised in 2003 in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha Night has spread virally to over 135 cities around the world as an informal forum for creative people to meet, network and show their work in public."
One of Stacy's slides from the presentation
Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds, giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps the presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.
Stacy with farfetch.com's Jamie (far left) and other friends at Pecha Kucha
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