Elle Décor and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum just announced the launch of “Women in Design,” a new annual event that celebrates outstanding female achievement in the fields of architecture, communications, fashion, interior, landscape and product design.  The inaugural event is set to take place on November 17th at the Harold Pratt House in New York City.

Margaret Russell, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE DECOR, and Cara McCarty, Cooper-Hewitt Curatorial Director will inaugurate the program by hosting a panelist discussion with Annabelle Selldorf (architect), Bunny Williams (interior designer), Celerie Kemble (interior designer) and Cynthia Rowley (fashion designer). Each panelists will discuss their professional influences and share career insight.

The evening will also feature an awards presentation during which Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) President Paula Wallace will be honored with the first annual Elle Décor Vision Award. In a press release, Margaret Russell is quoted as saying “for some, design is merely decoration, but for women in design, it is so much more — it is essential. This program is about recognizing and inspiring women such as Paula who are making their mark in a field historically dominated by men.  These women aren’t just changing the course of the design world, but the world itself.  They’re remaking the world one room at a time into a more beautiful, livable place.”

The evening will also feature the unveiling of pieces from finalists in RADO’s Design Competition, where female students from across various design fields in SCAD’s Working Class Studio will compete.  These women designed pieces specific to their field of expertise, inspired by RADO’s Ceramica Chrono collection.  In addition to a trip to New York City and a watch from the collection, the winner will receive a feature in both Elle Décor and the RADO newsletter. 

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.