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Fashion Comes of Age in the City of Light
Parisian Market Reception
August 6, 2015 | 6pm
Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute | Utica, NY

Paris has been the capital of fashion for more than 400 years. Even today, with the rise of other world cities like New York and Shanghai, Paris remains preeminent for fashion. To understand what makes Paris special, it is necessary to look at the period known as the Belle Époque, because the later 19th century was a key period in fashion history, art history, and the history of Paris.

Valerie Steele will explore the connections between fashion and modernity, which fascinated nineteenth-century artists and poets. The modern city provided numerous arenas for fashionable display, such as the new opera, the boulevards, and the couture atelier. There was a veritable retail revolution, with the rise of the department store, as well as a burgeoning fashion press, which also had artistic and literary effects. The image of the Parisienne, the New Woman, and the dandy became iconic figures. Following her presentation, Steele will be available to sign copies of her book Paris Fashion: A Cultural History.

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Past Workshops

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.

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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.

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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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