Arts & Crafts: UNESCO Forum on Cultural Industries

Fashion design is seasonal, ephemeral, and fast-moving. 

Traditional crafts, including textiles, are timeless, long-lasting, and slow to evolve.

UNESCO, however, has decided to examine the common ground between these two "polar opposites" in its first Forum on Cultural Industries, convened today in Monza, Italy.  The focus is on commonality -- fashion and crafts "share the same values of excellence, innovation and creativity" -- and on the culture sector's ability to contribute to both economic and social development.

From the sound of things, it will be quite the global quilting bee -- with Lanvin's master artist/craftsman Alber Elbaz at the center of the hive.