Richard Chai a New York native, and a graduate of Parsons School of Design. He has worked at Lanvin, Armani Exchange, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, and Tse. Through his experiences at some of the world’s most influential fashion houses, Chai developed a keen eye for detail, a reverence for architectural design elements, and a strong belief in the importance and value of the construction of clothes. He established his own company in 2004. In June 2010, Chai was named Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards. He won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award, and was a finalist for CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, among others.
Isaac Mizrahi is an American fashion designer, TV presenter, and the creative director of Xcel Brands. He studied at the Yeshivah of Flatbush, High School of Performing Arts, and the Parsons School of Design. He presented his first collection in 1987 at a trunk show held by Bergdorf Goodman. In 1992, the French fashion house, Chanel, bought a stake in the company and began to bankroll its operations. He has dressed actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Selma Blair, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Debra Messing, and Natalie Portman.
Snarkitecture is a collaborative practice operating in territories between the disciplines of art and architecture. The company was established by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, and is based in New York. They work within existing spaces or in collaboration with other artists and designers. Their practice focuses on the investigation of structure, material, and program, and how these elements can be manipulated to serve new and imaginative purposes. Searching for sites within architecture with the possibility for confusion or misuse, Snarkitecture aims to make architecture perform the unexpected.
Robert Wilson is an American experimental theater stage director and play writer, he worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer. He collaborated with Philip Glass, and other artists, including Heiner Müller, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Gavin Bryars, Darryl Pinckney, Rufus Wainwright, Marina Abramović and Lady Gaga. He worked with choreographers including George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham. In 1968, he founded the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds; with this company, he created in 1969 The King of Spain and The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud. For the opera he created Einstein on the Beach with the composer Philip Glass. In 1972, he creates the Deafman Glance. In 2010 Wilson worked on a new stage musical with Tom Waits and the Irish playwright, Martin McDonagh. Wilson creates sculpture, drawings, and furniture designs. He won the Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennale for a sculptural installation. His work was presented at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1991 and at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1991. But also at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, London’s Clink Street Vaults, Neue Nationalgalerie, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Seattle Art Museum, he showed at the White House Biennial and the Thessaloniki Biennale 4.