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Saam Emme
CEO of Vejas

Saam Emme is the CEO of Vejas, a fashion company centered in Toronto, Canada. In 2016, Vejas was the winner of the prestigious LVMH Prize and the Spring/Summer 2017 collection was shown at Paris Fashion Week. Along with her long time friend Vejas Kruszewski, who is the originator and designer of the brand, Saam is currently working on expanding the brand to larger, international audiences and creating a long-term infrastructure for the company.

Royce Mahawatte
New York University

Royce Mahawatte is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins and a member of the faculty at NYU London. His research interests are Victorian fiction, the Gothic and cultures of fashion and the body. He is currently working on a monograph about the fashioned male body and Victorian writing.


Christina Pacelli
Stylist for Laverne Cox

Christina Pacelli is a celebrity stylist and image consultant from Huntington Beach, California. She studied Communications and Law at UCLA, graduating ahead of schedule to pursue a public relations career in entertainment and lifestyle industries. After college, she lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco before relocating to New York City as a freelance fashion stylist. Her career began on sets for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numero, Elle and GQ before beginning work with her celebrity clients for their red carpets, press appearances and music videos. She continues to work intimately with a growing list of celebrity clientele, including Laverne Cox, Jackie Cruz and Amine, and also regularly styles ad campaigns, television shows and commercials and fashion editorials for major American and international publications. As an image consultate, Christina leads the planning, creation and evolution of a celebrity’s image through their wardrobe, accessories and strategic designer partnerships.

Enrie Scielzo
Italian model

Enrie Scielzo is an Italian transgender model and blogger. Born in Salerno in 1987, she graduated with honors in Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Salerno, before beginning her career as a model. In 2012, she ranked in first place in the Fresh Face Italy in , and appeared on larger platforms such as The Fashionisto and Vanity Teen as the new international face. She has lived in Barcelona , Milan and London , working as a fashion editor and contributor for some fashion magazines in parallel to her modeling career. In 2014 she opened " The Ladyboy ", the first Italian blog dedicated to transgender fashion.

Silvia Tolaro

Silvia Tolaro is a Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology of the Imaginary at Polimoda – International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing, Florence. Specialising in cross-cultural research, Silvia Tolaro analyses the collective and symbolic dimension of society addressing new paths of social behaviour. As Polimoda Resident Teacher, mentored by Danilo Venturi, Director of Polimoda, she develops a conceptual and interdisciplinary approach to cultural and countercultural fashion phenomena.

Alessandro Trincone
Italian Designer

Alessandro Trincone is a young Italian designer from Naples who is breaking the barriers between genders in fashion. He is a graduate of Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing. His most recent collection, Annodami, was featured in VFiles’ crowdsourced designer showcase at New York Fashion Week, allowing him to work with a panel of mentors including Naomi Campbell, Jerry Lorenzo and Young Thug. One of of Alessandro’s designs was featured on Young Thug’s Jeffery album cover in August of 2016, catapulting him to international fame. 


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