Education On-Demand

Functional Fabric Fair Portland – Fall 2021

Performance Forum & Jury Insights

Company: Active Sports Design & Consulting

Date: Thursday, Nov 18th

Time: 10:15 AM

Alexa Dehmel and Charles Ross will discuss and recap functional fabric material trends regarding the Performance Forum as well as the Focus Topic. The audience will also get some insights of the Jury process leading to the displayed fabrics in the Forum.

Speaker: Alexa Dehmel

Speaker Title: Design & Consultationist

Speaker Bio: Alexa Dehmel has over 30 years of broad and deep expertise in the fashion industry and a high level of professional competence. Her work in various roles in the fashion, textile and sportswear industry with a focus on design and collection development, in teaching, as an independent entrepreneur and as a recognized contributor to the industry, makes her a valued contact. She offers her market experience and services via her agency Alexa Dehmel – active sports design & consulting.

Speaker: Charles Ross

Speaker Title:   Specialist

Speaker Bio: Having started his Outward Bound career in New Hampshire Charles returned to a wet, cold, windy & dark England - he soon decided to concentrate on the clothing systems that ensured a more comfortable life. Graduating out of University just as the first program in Performance Sportswear Design was being planned he joined the teaching team & has continued to deliver this subject for over two decades. He is now based at the Royal College of Art, in London where he is allowed to be a fabric geek. It is said his best skill is being able to explain the complex in a manner that all can understand, the most interesting work he does is being a member of The Do Lecture team, but he is most proud of his graduates. He has become a regular on the stage at Performance Days & The Functional Fabric Fair where he moderates current issues.