Designer and author, Keanan Duffty, will present a lively, hour-long multimedia presentation, Rebel Rebel-Anti Style, on Thursday, October 20th, at 6 PM, in Bossone’s Mitchell Auditorium. Tracing the roots of rebel style from the 50’s to present day focusing on rebel icons from Marilyn Monroe and James Dean to Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson. The evening will also include a Q&A and book signing with Duffty. Presented as part of DesignPhiladelphia, student work inspired by Rebel Rebel will also be on display and the D&M Kiosk, a pop-up shop featuring Rebel inspired hand-crafted items created by Westphal students and faculty, will be open for business.
Duffty, a British fashion designer, winner of the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award in 2003, touts celebrity clients such as David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The lecture will explore how fashionable music and “anti-fashion” icons, like David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, and Gwen Stefani, have inspired fashion. Rebel style is all about wearing common or mundane items with a sense of creativity and irony. The leather jacket may be the classic symbol of “outsider-dom,” while jeans are continually re-imagined as a style centerpiece by every generation. Rebel Rebel is the anti-style bible that speaks to the next generation of designers, fashionistas, and club kids.