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Design Dialogues No. 37

In a discussion moderated by Surface magazine editor-in-chief, Spencer Bailey, June/July cover subject and designer Thom Browne and journalist Alina Cho reflect on fashion's past, present, and future.

In a discussion moderated by Surface magazine editor-in-chief, Spencer Bailey, June/July cover subject and designer Thom Browne and journalist Alina Cho reflect on fashion's past, present, and future.

On July 19, Surface hosted the 37th installment of our Design Dialogues series. This edition featured June/July issue cover subject and fashion designer Thom Browne and journalist Alina Cho. The conversation, which spanned Browne and Cho’s respective paths to fashion, and major moments in their careers—including those at which they intertwined—took place at Dover Street Market New York. The space recently debuted its largest interior transformation since the store opened, in 2013.

Notable guests at the intimate evening cocktail included: Andrew Bolton, Caroline Baumann, Valerie Steele, Dror Benshetrit, Fernando Mastrangelo, Stephanie Goto, Alison Roman and Patrick Janelle.

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Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Designer Thom Browne poses during Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne and Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Atmosphere during Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne and Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Valerie Steele (L) and Kamie Lightburn attend Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne and Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media) at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Thom Browne and Marc Lotenberg attend Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne and Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media) at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Alison Roman and Patrick Janelle attend Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne And Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Spencer Bailey and Fernando Mastrangelo attend Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne And Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Buxton Midyette attends Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne and Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media) at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Editor in Chief of Surface Magazine, Spencer Bailey, Designer Thom Browne, and Alina Cho speak during Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne and Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Atmosphere during Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne and Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)
Design Dialogues No. 37 featuring Thom Browne + Alina Cho

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Designer Thom Browne, Alina Cho and Spencer Bailey pose during Surface Magazine Presents Design Dialogues No. 37 Featuring Thom Browne and Alina Cho at Dover Street Market on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Surface Media)

On moving his shows to Paris, Browne observed, Paris is approached maybe as a little bit more conceptual. It’s just a different way of approaching the shows. I am very old-school though, in that I do think the shows are important to fashion.”

It’s not just about the audience. said Cho. Let’s be honest, there are hundreds and hundreds of shows in New York. One writer said you almost can’t catch your breath between them. You can’t savor or enjoy the moment from your show because you’re off to the next one.

Cho, a former CNN correspondent and an editor-at-large at the Ballantine Bantam Dell publishing house, also explored the mainstream media’s relationship with the often exclusionary fashion world noting “I’ve highlighted the spectacular Alexander McQueen show at The Met, but in the same show I’ve talked about how Jessica Simpson is a billion-dollar brand. It might not seem like the two go together, but in that kind of show for that type of audience, where so much of main street is being introduced to fashion, you have to have a little bit of both.”

Images: Ilya Savenok for Getty

Filmed and Edited by Alexia Adana
Sound by Artem Kulakov

Special thanks to Dover Street Market New York.

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