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Contemporary Japanese Fashion Symposium
January 31, 2015
Crow Collection of Asian Art | Dallas, Tx


The Crow Collection of Asian Art offers a day-long symposium exploring the art and culture of avant-garde fashion in Japan. Speakers include Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator of The Kyoto Costume Institute; Patricia Mears, Deputy Director of The Museum at FIT; and Sharon Takeda, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), among others.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion, on view at the Crow through February 22, 2015.

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Vionnet dress
Madeleine Vionnet, gown, 1930, P83.39.7, Museum purchase.
Panel: Fashion and the Contemporary Avant-Garde
February 11, 2015
College Art Association Conference | NYC


The 103rd annual conference of the College Art Association is being held in New York City February 11-14, 2015. Emma McClendon, assistant curator of costume at MFIT will present the paper "Fashioning the Body: An Object-Based Approach to the Avant-Garde" as part of an afternoon panel devoted to avant-garde fashion.

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digital fashion futures
© Frederik Heyman & Wout Bosschaert
Digital Fashion Futures: International Fashion Conference
February 24-26, 2015
MoMu | Fashion Museum Antwerp


Europeana Fashion will host its third annual conference, this year in collaboration with MoMu – Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp. The conference Digital Fashion Futures explores the future of digital fashion initiatives, bringing together a multitude of online fashion platforms and innovative perspectives from the cultural heritage industry.

On the first day, the conference examines ways in which digital content can be worked into a valuable experience for its consumers as well as the evolving role of digital content in business models for fashion. Tamsen Young, MFIT digital media manager will be a keynote speaker. On the second day, various workshops and debates allow delegates to delve deeper into the ideas presented on the first day. Throughout the conference, delegates are encouraged to evaluate their own role in the future landscape of fashion. Much of the conference will be free.

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Past Workshops


Cross-Pollination
Cross-Pollination: Masterpieces of the Collections
Online event


This workshop was organized by The Museum at FIT in conjunction with Mexico’s Atelier Romo and the Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros (SAPS). Under the mentorship of artist Sebastian Romo and Tanya Melendez, MFIT’s curator of education, students from FIT and Atelier Romo interpreted MFIT’s costume collection and SAPS’ murals. Results are published via the link above.




Cross Pollination Eco Fashion
Cross-Pollination: Eco-Fashion
Online event


Students from FIT and the Mexican school CENTRO shared their skills, diverse perspectives and interpretations of the MFIT exhibition Eco-Fashion: Going Green.

In the summer of 2010, The Museum at FIT invited five students from each institution to investigate ecological sustainability in fashion and what that means to them. The two teams of students were then asked to work together to develop a joint project that would reflect their discoveries and conclusions...
This workshop was organized in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and Centro de diseño, cine y television. It was made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation.




cross polination
Cross-Pollination: Fashion & Politics
Online event


Students from FIT and the Mexican school CENTRO shared their diverse skills and perspectives in order to help each other arrive at interpretations of the MFIT exhibition Fashion & Politics. The results of this online collaboration are published here on MFIT’s website. Organized in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.


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