We need to shift our consumption values so that the entire fashion system can shift along with it. – Rhonda P. Hill
Rhonda P. Hill is the founder of E D G E. E D G E, the acronym for Emerging Designers Get Exposed, is an international platform advancing the field of fashion in artistic values, cultural significance, and sustainability through the exposure of emerging designers. It takes a step forward to look at fashion from an intelligent, artistic, and practical perspective. The website, EDGExpo.com, is a magazine-style look at the paradigm shift from irresponsible, excessive production and consumption to one of environmental and ethical consciousness, cultural sensitivity, and purpose.
Hill is an accomplished business leader in the Fashion and Entertainment industries and currently contributes to the fashion industry as fashion curator, business adviser, conscious fashion advocate, writer, editor, and e-magazine publisher. Starting as a contemporary fashion buyer at Macy’s, Hill built a reputation for understanding a sophisticated and fashion savvy consumer. She has been recognized and awarded for her leadership in fashion merchandising, holding executive positions at Warner Bros. Studio Stores, adidas, Levi Strauss & Co. and as Vice President for Direct Marketing, Consumer Products Division of The Walt Disney Company.
As Editor-in-Chief of EDGExpo.com, Hill publishes a collection of interviews, narratives, and cultural perspectives on the transformation in the fashion industry, with the “E D G E Talks” as the centerpiece. She is quite vocal on the environmental damage caused by the fashion industry and very much an advocate for slow fashion.
Hill was the cover story of Ventana’s style issue, which exposed her work on E D G E. “EDGExpo.com is a valuable — and visually appealing — resource for education and news, and serves as a spotlight for exciting new designers from around the world,” observes the writer, Emily Dodi.
Hill’s recent curatorial project, titled Blurred Boundaries: Fashion as an Art, was exhibited at GraySpace Gallery, Santa Barbara, California. This museum quality exhibition showcased fashion as an art, on par with any other visual art.
Hill is a member of the San Francisco-based and internationally acclaimed Arts of Fashion Foundation and is currently developing a book series. She contributed her global perspective of the fashion show in the book “The Fashion Show: History, theory and practice” by Gill Stark, Assistant Dean | Head of School of School of Creative and Liberal Arts, Regent’s University London [release date July 2018]; an interview with Hill was featured in LES ASSORTIES’, Athens Greece-based fashion news/media magazine; and she talks about her vision for EDGE and the industry in the society805.com article “Putting Fashion in its Place”.
On numerous occasions, Hill was a guest speaker at the Art Institute of California [AI] Fashion NOW Symposium and industry participant to the AI graduates Portfolio Review. Hill is a fashion show adviser, fashion show judge, a VIP industry guest of numerous Fashion Week events across the globe, and is sought after for her knowledge on sustainable fashion.
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The power of fashion lies in its ability to transform identity and culture.
– Rhonda P. Hill