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Fashion Culture programs are organized by The Museum at FIT to provide new perspectives on the culture of fashion.
Programs are free unless otherwise indicated. Reservations are required for all events, as space is limited.

You may also register by phone: 212.217.4585 or via email: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu


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Photograph of Susanne Bartsch by Marco Ovando. Art by Maxwell N. Burnstein.
Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch

Thursday and Friday, October 22 – 23

Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

The Museum at the FIT’s fifteenth annual fashion symposium, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, will take place on Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23. Speakers from various areas of the fashion industry will discuss the impact and the influence that Susanne Bartsch has had on fashion and nightlife.

There will be approximately sixteen speakers, including Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barneys New York), Stephen Jones (milliner), and Peter McNeil (professor at University of Technology Sydney and at Stockholm University).

Admission to the symposium is free.

The Fashion Symposium is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council and MAC Cosmetics.

Big Park, dress, spring 2015, Seoul, gift of Big Park, 2015.2.1.
Global Fashion Capitals Symposium

Tuesday, October 13

This one-day symposium begins with a student fair and fashion show, followed by panel discussions featuring fashion designers and MFIT curators. Organized in collaboration with the CUNY Graduate Center and the School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.


Photo: Vanessa Rosales. Photograph by Tram D. Martinez.
Instagram and Fashion


Vanessa Rosales and Ariele Elia

Thursday, October 8 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Instagram is a mobile photo-sharing and social networking service whose reach and influence are rapidly expanding. Join Colombian fashion writer and critic Vanessa Rosales as she shows how Instagram is transforming perceptions and representations of contemporary fashion. MFIT curator Ariele Elia will join her to demonstrate how Instagram can also be used as a primary source for academic research.

Photo: Sybilla at her Madrid studio. Photograph by Félix Valiente.
Sybilla in Conversation with Valerie Steele

Friday, October 16 | 6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Conference Center at FIT

Join legendary Spanish fashion designer Sybilla for a lively conversation with MFIT director Valerie Steele. An apprentice to Yves Saint Laurent, Sybilla launched her first collection in 1983. She debuted in Milan in 1987, and continues to show in Tokyo and Paris today. Her style—exquisite, cosmopolitan, and refined—is guided by feminine sensuality and elegance.

Stella Jean ensemble, Cotton, wool, nylon, fall 2015, Milan, 2015.4.2, gift of Stella Jean.
Stella Jean in Conversation with Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way

Monday, November 2 | 7 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Milan’s rising fashion star Stella Jean will join MFIT curators Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way to talk about her work as a designer. Jean draws inspiration from her Italian and Haitian heritage, and she collaborates with the Ethical Fashion Initiative to source fabrics from Burkina Faso in West Africa and Haiti.

Photo: Paris Is Burning publicity still, 1990. Photograph by Michel Comte.
Paris is Burning


Jennie Livingston and Michelle Handelman

Tuesday, November 10 | 6:30 pm
Film and Media Screening Room D207
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Film director Jennie Livingston will present her groundbreaking 1990 documentary, Paris Is Burning. Filmed during the mid-to-late 1980s, this intimate portrait of the Harlem drag balls was a winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Time magazine called it “one of the most influential cultural works to come out of New York City in 40 years.” On hand for a discussion with Livingston after the screening will be Michelle Handelman, FIT associate professor of Film, Media, and Performing Arts.

Talk & Tours

Susanne at a Swiss dance event at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, January 2015. Photo by Robin Souma.
Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch

Monday, October 26 | 6 pm
Monday, November 23 | 6 pm

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Susanne Bartsch has been a highly visible player in New York City nightlife since the 1980s. Organized by Dr. Valerie Steele, Fashion Underground explores the creative links between Bartsch’s 30 years of sartorial self-expression and its influence on the global fashion scene.

Talk and Tours begin in the museum lobby. Reservations are required.

Lisa Folawiyo, dress, spring 2015, Lagos, gift of Lisa Folawiyo, 2015.6.1.
Global Fashion Capitals

Wednesday, October 28 | 10:30 am

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Global Fashion Capitals aims to broaden the understanding of what constitutes a “fashion capital” and to expand the dialogue on the globalization of the fashion industry during the 21st century.

Through over 70 objects, the exhibition explores the history of the established fashion capitals, Paris, New York, Milan, and London, followed by Tokyo and Antwerp, and the emergence of 16 new fashion cities: Stockholm/Copenhagen, Berlin, Moscow/St. Petersburg, Kiev, Istanbul, Madrid/Barcelona, Sydney/Melbourne, Mexico City, São Paulo, Johannesburg, Lagos, Mumbai, Seoul, and Shanghai.


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