How the Newly Revived Gen Art Plans to Take Better Care of Emerging Designers
You've probably heard that Gen Art--the beloved arts organization dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers--was revived this week under new leadership. Sandow Media acquired the arts organization, installing Gen Art vets Elizabeth Shaffer and Jeffrey Abramson as co-presidents. And with the revival of Gen Art comes the revival of Fresh Faces in Fashion, the program which famously launched the careers of Zac Posen, Phillip Lim and Vena Cava (to name a few). Except this go round, Gen Art plans to put more effort into nurturing the talented designers they take on beyond giving them a runway show. "At the former Gen Art, once we made the intro and showcased designers, we let them go on their way," said co-president Elizabeth Shaffer. "Now we’re developing a relationship so we stay connected and offer services beyond their debut--ranging from licensing to representation."