American Style Symposium 2009

Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5, 2009

American Style is The Museum at FIT's eighth annual, two-day symposium, held in conjunction with the exhibition American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion. Designers, scholars, authors, and curators will discuss fashion of the Americas and explore themes ranging from the diversity of the American fashion industry to the unique characteristics of New York fashion. The symposium will also feature conversations with some of the most innovative American designers working today. Speakers include:

Van Dyk Lewis, Hip-hop Fashion: The Psycho Mind and Body Drop
David Colman, Prep-posterous: How history, mythology, race and fashion have clashed
and colluded to create today's Prep Revival
Pamela Golbin, A French View of American Fashion
Maria Cornejo, and Christian Cota: Latin America and Fashion
Caroline Milbank: The Origin of the American Look
Kohle Yohannan: The Small Town Girl and The Femme Fatale: Claire McCardell & Valentina
Yeholee Teng: In Conversation with Susan Sidlauskas

Two-day schedule
/ Speaker biographies

COST: General public: $100 for both days. (No single-day registrations.)

Free to all students everywhere, thanks to the Coby Foundation.
Free to members of the Couture Council
10% discount to members of the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum
Free to FIT faculty and staff with a current ID.

REGISTER: Pre-registration is now closed. Space is available for walk-ins the days of the event. Check, cash, or credit card will be accepted.
LOCATION: American Style will be held in Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium, on the second floor of FIT’s Marvin Feldman Center, on West 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in New York City.

Media Contact: 212.217.4700 or, the online resource for antique and vintage design, is a main sponsor of both the exhibition, American Beauty, and the American Style symposium. The Coby Foundation, a New York-based organization that supports exhibitions and educational programming that combine excellent scholarship and effective interpretation of the needle arts, including fashion, is providing additional support for the exhibition and symposium.