NOMA-Tulane Photography and Fashion symposium turns the lens upon local designers

The spring 2018 NOMA-Tulane School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) Design Symposium, “Photography and Fashion: Capturing and Creating Costumes and Couture,” features experts in both fields. Panelists include Susu Kearney, Katie Beth Johnson, DeAndre Beverly, George Long, and Glade Bilby. Cassie Worley and Carrie Lee Schwartz will serve as moderators. The public event will take place April 6 from 6 to 8 pm in the Stern Auditorium.

Arrive early to capture your own fashions on film at the Deep Fried photo booth, beginning at 5:30 pm. SoPA will award a prize for the best dressed, chosen from images taken by Deep Fried. The winner will be notified by email.

Share Some Sparkle, Give Some Glamour

SoPA invites attendees to donate gently used women’s dresses, shoes, business attire, scarfs, hats, and purses. All items benefit Dress for Success, a nonprofit that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.


 DéAndre Beverly is a local fashion designer, couture and haute couture enthusiast and expert, and supporter of the arts. He is inspired by designs and art of times past to help create simple elegance with a flair.

Glade Bilby has been a commercial photographer and art director for over 40 years. A native New Orleanian and longtime French Quarter resident, Bilby sees photography as a way to build community and forge enduring relationships, like the one he shares with jewelry designer Mignon Faget, who has been his client for thirty years.

Katie Beth Johnson is head designer and co-owner of Royal Design House (RDH), which creates royalty and court costumes for old-line Carnival krewes. RDH is the largest costume den management company in New Orleans. Johnson, who was recently named one of the Gambit’s 40 under 40, works with business partner Ashley Sehorn to combine the techniques and opulence of couture fashion with the pageantry and exuberance of theatrical costuming.

Susu Kearney has been a New Orleans cultural force since 1973, when she became a costume designer for the Rex Carnival organization. Kearney is also an educator at Trinity Episcopal School, where she teaches middle school art.

George Long has been a professional photographer in New Orleans since 1990. He has served as president of the New Orleans/Gulf South chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers three times and is widely known as a leader in the photographic community. Long serves on the advisory board of the New Orleans Photo Alliance and PhotoNOLA and provides creative content for clients in a wide array of media.

Carrie Lee Schwartz is currently Senior Professor of the Practice in Digital Design at Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement. Schwartz, who has taught full time at Tulane since 2001, has a background in fine art, sculpture and photography. This bacground has given her a strong foundation from which to work with new technologies while applying formal artistic practices and methods.

Cassie Steck Worley is a consummate New Orleans actress, who has been immersed in fashion, theatrical sets, and costumes throughout her career. She has taught drama and directed theatre for 27 years, including at Tulane University, where she created the Little Lyric program, as well as at Trinity Episcopal, Country Day and Sacred Heart Schools. She has produced at the Orpheum, Le Petit Theatre and the Contemporary Arts Center and directed at le Petit Theatre, where she served as chairman of the board and later as executive producer. Worley currently serves on the boards of Tulane’s Shakespeare Festival, New Orleans Habitat for Humanity, and the New Orleans Jazz Market.

The symposium is made possible with support from the Tulane Provost’s office and a Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant.