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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

Cover of Proust's Latin Americans, courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Press.
Photo: Cover of Proust's Latin Americans, courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Press.
Proust's Latin Americans

Rubén Gallo

Thursday, September 29 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Rubén Gallo, professor of Latin American literature at Princeton University, for a presentation of his new book, Proust's Latin Americans, which explores the presence of Latin America in Marcel Proust's life and work. Proust lived during an era of French colonial expanision, which enabled him to meet the circle of Latin American friends discussed in this intriguing book.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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The Solera Quartet, courtesy of Dario Acosta.
Photo: The Solera Quartet, courtesy of Dario Acosta.
Concert: Music And The Countess Greffulhe

Solera Quartet

Monday, October 10 | 6 pm SOLD OUT!
Special Exhibitions Gallery, MFIT
Shirley Goodman Resource Center

The award-winning Solera Quarter presents a unique concert, performed within the exhibition space for Proust's Muse, the Countess Greffulhe. The program will include Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1, Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet, Ravel's String Quartet, and Fauré's Pavane, dedicated by the composer to the Countess Greffulhe. The performance will be approximately one hour in length, with the program subject to change.

Cover of Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being, courtesy of Assouline Publishing.
Photo: Cover of Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being, courtesy of Assouline Publishing.
Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being

Susana Martínez Vidal and Circe Henestrosa

Thursday, November 3 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Susana Martínez Vidal, author of Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being, and Circe Henestrosa, curator of the exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, as they discuss this inspiring artist, whose legacy continues to influence the worlds of fashion, media, and art.

A book signing and refreshments will follow the presentation.

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Thom Browne, gray wool flannel, white cotton pique, 2006, USA, 2006.16.1, museum purchase.
Iamge: Thome Browne men's suit, 2006, gray wool flannel, white cotton pique, USA, museum purchase, 2006.16.1.
Thom Browne in Conversation with Stefano Tonchi

Wednesday, November 9 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Thom Browne, one of America's most admired fashion designers, and Stefano Tonchi, editor in Chief of W, as they discuss the social role of uniforms and their influence on high fashion. Browne was recipient of the 2016 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award, and Tonchi is co-author of Uniform: Order and Disorder.

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Image courtesy of Jussara Lee and The Canary project.
Photo: Image courtesy of Jussara Lee and The Canary project.
Field to Frock: Fashion Lessons from the Slow Food Movement

Summer Rayne Oakes, Daphne Cheng, Jussara Lee, Richard McCarthy

Thursday, November 10 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Learn how practices developed by the Slow Food Movement may also benefit the fashion industry. Panel moderator Summer Rayne Oakes, director of marketing for Foodstand, speaks with chef Daphne Cheng, a pioneer in plant-based cuisine; fashion designer Jussara Lee; and Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA.

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Eva Chen, by Jeff Thibodeau.
Photo: Eva Chen, by Jeff Thibodeau.
Fashion in the Social Media Era

Eva Chen

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

Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, will show how Instagram became a critical fashion marketing channel, especially popular among professionals in the fashion industry.

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Image from the Fashion Film NOUMENON by WACHO. Courtesy of Buenos Aires International Fashion Film Festival.
Photo: Image from the Fashion Film NOUMENON by WACHO. Courtesy of Buenos Aires International Fashion Film Festival.
Film Screening: Latin American Fashion Films

Luisa Saens, Carlos Gutiérrez, Cristobal Portaluppi, Willmer Williams

November 17 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

MFIT brings together work from four Latin American Fashion Film Festivals. Luisa Saenz, (Mexico), Carlos Gutiérrez (Colombia), Cristobal Protaluppi (Chile), and Willmer Williams (Argentina) will present a selection of films, followed by a brief discussion.

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Symposium

Photograph by Otto, the Countess Greffulhe in a ballgown, circa 1887. © Otto/Galliera/Roger-Viollet
Photograph by Otto, the Countess Greffulhe in a ballgown, circa 1887. © Otto/Galliera/Roger-Viollet
Proust's Muse Symposium

Thursday, October 20

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

The Museum at FIT presents its 16th academic symposium Proust’s Muse. The day-long symposium is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Proust's Muse, The Countess Greffulhe. Researchers from the United States and Europe will discuss the connections between fashion, patronage, literature, and the arts in turn of the century France.

This event is free.  Registration is required.

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Talk & Tours

 (left) Football uniform, c. 1920, wool and cotton duck, USA, museum purchase; (right) Geoffrey Beene, “football jersey” dress, Fall 1967, silk and sequins, USA, museum purchase.
(left) Football uniform, c. 1920, wool and cotton duck, USA, museum purchase; (right) Geoffrey Beene, “football jersey” dress, Fall 1967, silk and sequins, USA, museum purchase.
Uniformity

Monday, October 24 | 6 pm SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, November 16 | 10:30 am

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Uniformity explores the dynamic history behind a variety of uniforms, considering both their social role and their influence on high fashion. The exhibition is organized thematically to focus on four categories of uniforms: military, work, school, and sports. Uniformity includes over 70 objects from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, many of which have never been on view before.

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

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Charles Frederick Worth, cape, circa 1895. Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville Paris. ©Patrick Pierrain/Galliera/Roger-Viollet.
Photo: Charles Frederick Worth, cape, circa 1895. Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville Paris. ©Patrick Pierrain/Galliera/Roger-Viollet.
Proust's Muse, The Countess Greffulhe

Wednesday, October 5 | 10:30 am SOLD OUT!
Monday, November 7 | 6 pm SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, November 30 | 10:30 am

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Proust's Muse, the Countess Greffulhe features extraordinary fashions from the legendary wardrobe of Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952). Celebrated for her "aristocratic and artistic elegance," the countess was a fashion icon comparable to Daphne Guiness today.

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

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