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GenPEM Artists from Home Virtual Q&A with Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat

Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6 pm

Petra Slinkard, PEM’s Director of Curatorial Affairs and the Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles, hosts this virtual conversation with designer Becca McCharen-Tran — founder and creative director of the future-forward bodywear label Chromat. With a degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, McCharen-Tran fuses a technical background with a focus on the body to create designs for boundary-breaking women, including Beyoncé, Madonna and Nicki Minaj.

A Forbes 30 Under 30 pick for "People Who Are Reinventing the World," McCharen-Tran speaks about the fraught impact that fashion had on her own upbringing — motivating her to reshape the industry into a more inclusive and accessible space. Each Chromat collection explores the intersection of architecture, fashion and technology, producing garments that augment and enhance the body’s performance through innovative design and cutting-edge technical fabrics. Chromat is designed in New York and Miami by a diverse team of creative collaborators ranging from artists and scientists to choreographers. McCharen-Tran is a featured designer in Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, on view at PEM November 21, 2020–March 14, 2021.

Conversation introduced by Trevor Smith, Associate Director – Multisensory Experience, Curator of the Present Tense, and Kerry Schneider, GenPEM and Development Communications Officer. For more information, email or visit