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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


Cover of the book, The Battle of Versailles.
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History

Wednesday, April 1 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Robin Givhan in conversation with Patricia Mears

Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize–winning fashion critic for the Washington Post, presents her first book, The Battle of Versailles, the story of a 1973 face-off between five American designers—including Halston and Oscar de la Renta—and five French designers (Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin among them). Buoyed by a decision to use ten African American models (unheard of then), the underdog Yanks pulled off a victory, cementing American fashion as a major player on the international stage.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Talk & Tours

(left) Halston, dress, printed knit cotton, c.1976, USA, Gift of Ms. Gayle Osman; (right) Yves Saint Laurent, dress, printed silk chiffon, 1971, France, Gift of Lauren Bacall.
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s

Wednesday, April 15 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s is the first exhibition to analyze the work of these two great 20th-century designers side by side, at the height of their careers, during the dreamy, indolent, and sexy 1970s. All of the nearly 100 objects on view have been drawn exclusively from MFIT’s permanent collection.
Brian Lichtenberg, “Homiés” ensemble, 2014, cotton, polyester, rubber, USA, gift of Brian Lichtenberg Studio, 2014.39.1.
Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits

Monday, April 20 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Authenticity and copyright protection against knockoffs are two of the most debated topics in fashion today. Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits explores various levels of authenticity in fashion while considering the legal and ethical consequences of both sanctioned and illicit copying.


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