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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. 
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Events

Photo: Bon Duke, Gochi Kattu Sari Drape — Andhra Pradesh, India.
Photo: Bon Duke, Gochi Kattu Sari Drape — Andhra Pradesh, India.
The Sari Series: An Anthology of Drape

Malika Verma Kashyap and Sanjay Garg

Thursday, September 28 | 6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Conference Center at FIT

Join Malika Verma Kashyap, founder of the digital publication Border&Fall, and textile designer Sanjay Garg for a lively discussion on the diversity, versatility, and various perceptions of India’s incredible garment, the sari. The presentation will include a series of short independent films on the sari, as well as a selection of regional “how-to drape” videos.

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Photo: Cover of Paris Fashion, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.
Photo: Cover of Paris Fashion, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.
Paris Fashion: A Cultural History

Valerie Steele

Tuesday, October 17 | 6 pm 
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, presents an in-depth look at the new edition of her book, Paris Fashion: A Cultural History. First published in 1988, this revised and expanded work explores the reasons Paris is considered the capital of fashion. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Unzipped
Photo: Unzipped documentary film poster                                    
Film: Unzipped

Tuesday, November 7 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join us for a screening of the 1995 documentary film Unzipped, directed by Douglas Keeve. Unzipped presents a behind-the-scenes look at acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi, whose work is featured in our current exhibition, Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme. Patricia Mears, curator of Expedition, will introduce the film.

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Photo: Maria Cornejo, courtesy of Zero + Maria Cornejo.
Photo: Maria Cornejo, courtesy of Zero + Maria Cornejo.              
Maria Cornejo: Zero

Maria Cornejo in conversation with Patricia Mears

Thursday, November 16 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Maria Cornejo joins MFIT Deputy Director Patricia Mears for a presentation of the new book Maria Cornejo: Zero, an intimate look at Cornejo’s design processes and inspirations. Archival images of Tilda Swinton, Cindy Sherman, and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as new pictures by fashion photographer Mark Borthwick, capture the femininity and artful minimalism of her designs. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Photo: Calvin Klein © Steven Klein.
Photo: Calvin Klein © Steven Klein.                                          
Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein in conversation with Valerie Steele

Thursday, November 30 | 6 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

Join internationally renowned fashion designer Calvin Klein and MFIT Director Valerie Steele as they present a unique new book that captures all the elegance, provocation, and modernism of the Calvin Klein aesthetic, vividly portrayed in images by world-famous photographers, such as Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, and featuring iconic fashion models from Christy Turlington to Kate Moss.

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Photo: Cover of Une Femme Française, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press.
Photo: Cover of Une Femme Française, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press.
Une Femme Française

Catherine Malandrino in conversation with Valerie Steele

Wednesday, December 6 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join fashion designer Catherine Malandrino and MFIT Director Valerie Steele as they discuss Malandrino’s new book, Une Femme Française, in which this Frenchwoman who has lived and worked in the United States for twenty years reveals to an American audience secrets of the nonchalant style and grace of French women. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Symposium

Cover: Photograph by John Cowan, 1964.  Copyright The John Cowan Archive.
Cover: Photograph by John Cowan, 1964. Copyright The John Cowan Archive.
Fashion, Science, and Exploration Symposium

Tuesday, October 10, 10 am - 5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

The Museum at FIT presents its eighteenth academic symposium, Fashion, Science, and Exploration. This daylong event explores the impact of scientific thought on fashion in conjunction with two current MFIT exhibitions Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme and Force of Nature. Speakers will delve into the influence of thinkers such as Charles Darwin, the history of exploration, the social implications of fur, and how environmental concerns are manifested in fashion and the visual arts.

Admission to the symposium is free. Please note that seating will be on a first come, first served basis, with RSVP.

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Talk & Tours

Photo: Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, jacket, spring/summer 1991, France.
Photo: Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, jacket, spring/summer 1991, France.
Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme

Monday, October 2 | 6 pm
Wednesday, October 25 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Monday, December 11 | 6 pm

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme explores how select items of clothing made for survival on journeys to the highest mountains, the deepest oceans, and even outer space, influenced high fashion and became modern wardrobe mainstays. The exhibition features fashions by a diverse group of designers, including Norma Kamali, Junya Watanabe, Thom Browne, Karl Lagerfeld, and Hussein Chalayan.

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

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Photo: Alexander McQueen, evening dress, Irere collection, 2003, England.
Photo: Alexander McQueen, evening dress, Irere collection, 2003, England.
Force of Nature

Monday, September 25 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Monday, November 6 | 6 pm

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Force of Nature examines the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world. The exhibition reveals how nature has historically influenced fashion, and how fashion can serve as an indicator of society’s relationship with the natural world. As Alexander McQueen said, “I have always loved the mechanics of nature, and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.”

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

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