Little Red Village


Benson Roberts, Fashion Designer

Season 2, Ep. 8

Jonathan Joseph and Rachel Elspeth Gross interview Benson Roberts to discuss fashion academia, learning to sew, and how to communicate with employees and politicians.

Benson Roberts is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who has been working in the apparel industry for almost 40 years. His work is celebrated, awarded, and has been seen on the covers of magazines, on fancy red carpets, and on musicians who are household names. He founded a fabric company, does beautiful custom design work, and teaches apparel design.

Benson also co-hosts the podcast Advanced Fashion Disruption with Megan Summerville, a past guest here, and one of Little Red’s favorite humans. Together, they are working to make fashion better. Benson has a lot of lessons to teach, some truly valuable stories to share that we all can learn from.

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Dr. Vanessa Paugh, Software Engineer and Digital Fashion Designer

Season 2, Ep. 12
Jonathan Joseph and Rachel Elspeth Gross interview Dr. Vanessa Paugh, a brilliant woman who is using simple, easy to follow instructions to teach anyone how easy it can be to design their own digital fashion. That might sound impossible, but it's true. Even the simplest of applications or programs don't show you how the work is done or teach you how to actually make stuff. Dr. Paugh wasn't satisfied with that. She wants kids and people generally to understand how simple it is to learn to make games and in the process of doing so gain valuable skills that allow anyone to be a more active participant in our ever expanding digital world. Because there were no books to buy. There were no accessible materials, Dr. Paugh began to make them and the first one is free, you could be well on your way to creating your own 3d Dress Up game, by the time this interview is over. Dr. Paugh is an engineer who wants you to know how capable you are. She wants you to know that the things you will imagine can be made real. She wants to show you the tools that you need to design your own digital world and she wants you to know that there are excellent free programs that you absolutely can learn to use. The work that Dr. Paugh is doing, what she is offering us is so much more than generous. It's like the keys to a whole kingdom, but a kingdom of your own design and she wants to help you learn to make it to your own exact specifications.