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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.

You may also register by phone: 212.217.4585 or via email: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu

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Events

Fern Mallis, photo by Timothy Greenfield Sanders
Photo: Fern Mallis, by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis

Tuesday, March 1 | 6pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Meet Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week. Her new book, Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, presents 19 interviews with American fashion luminaries—such as Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford—from her ongoing series of conversations at New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Cover, Hijacking the Runway, How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers
Photo: Cover, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers
Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers

Teri Agins

Tuesday, March 8 | 6pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Wall Street Journal fashion reporter Teri Agins presents her new book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers, a witty look at the trend of major celebrities—such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez—and pop, sports, and reality-show stars leveraging their fame to front their own fashion brands.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Junya Watanabe, dress, repurposed denim, spring 2002, Japan, museum purchase, 2010.37.12. Photograph by William Palmer
Junya Watanabe dress, repurposed denim, spring 2002, Japan, museum purchase, 2010.37.12. Photograph by William Palmer.
21st-century Denim

Kara Nicholas, Andrew Olah, Jeffrey Silberman, and Emma McClendon

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

Join Kara Nicholas, archivist at the legendary Cone Mills, denim industry veteran Andrew Olah, FIT Professor Jeffrey Silberman, and Emma McClendon, curator of the MFIT exhibition Denim: Fashion’s Frontier, for a panel discussion on the current state of the denim industry and where it is heading in the 21st century.

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Chromat Spring/Summer 2016 collection, featuring model Alek Wek, by Andy Boyle.
Photo: Chromat Spring/Summer 2016 collection, featuring model Alek Wek, by Andy Boyle.
Collaboration in Fashion

Charlotte Cowles, Becca McCharen, and Christian Stroble

Wednesday, March 30 | 6pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join fashion industry leaders Charlotte Cowles, senior features editor of Harper’s Bazaar; Becca McCharen, founder of the futuristic fashion line Chromat; and stylist Christian Stroble for a discussion of the many ways that collaboration inspires and enriches their work.

Organized in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies and the exhibition The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936–1958.

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Alexander McQueen evening gown, silk, velvet, and bugle beads, fall 2007, In memory of Elizabeth Howe, Salem 1692 collection England, museum purchase, 2013.2.1
Alexander McQueen evening gown, silk, velvet, and bugle beads, fall 2007, In memory of Elizabeth Howe, Salem 1692 collection, England, museum purchase, 2013.2.1
Fairy Tale Imagery

Natalie Frank, Kirsty Mitchell, and Colleen Hill

Thursday, March 31 | 6pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Conference Center at FIT

Visual artists Natalie Frank and Kirsty Mitchell join Colleen Hill, curator of the MFIT exhibition Fairy Tale Fashion, to discuss the use of fairy tale imagery their work. Frank’s recent exhibition, The Brothers Grimm, featured 25 chalk and pastel drawings. Mitchell’s dream-like photographs intertwine fantasy, literature, and personal meditations.

Organized in collaboration with the Gladys Marcus Library.

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Cover, Romaine Brooks: A Life
Cover, Romaine Brooks: A Life.
Romaine Brooks: A Life

Cassandra Langer

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

Art historian Cassandra Langer introduces her lively biography of expatriate American painter Romaine Brooks (1874–1970). Langer will discuss Brooks and her paintings in the context of fashion, patronage, feminism, and sexual fluidity.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Cover, This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour
Cover, This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour, courtesy of NYU Press.
This Year's model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour

Elizabeth Wissinger

Tuesday, April 12 | 6pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Elizabeth Wissinger presents her book, This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour, an illustrated history of modeling and an incisive critique of fashion media. Wissinger shows that the work of the fashion model has been so amplified by digital media that we all have come to manage ourselves as brands.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, courtesy of rag & bone.
Photo: Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, courtesy of rag & bone.
Rag & Bone in Conversation with Emma McClendon

Wednesday, April 13 | 6pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join New York-based designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone for a rousing conversation with MFIT curator Emma McClendon. Rag & bone began with a single pair of jeans, then grew into a global fashion brand with a philosophy of expert craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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Cover, True Style: The History & Principles of Classic Menswear
Cover, True Style: The History & Principles of Classic Menswear. Photograph by Nicole Caputo.
True Style: The History & Principles of Classic Menswear

G. Bruce Boyer, Jonathan Capeheart, Guy Trebay, and Patricia Mears

Tuesday, April 19 | 6pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

G. Bruce Boyer, men’s fashion editor and author of True Style: The History & Principles of Classic Menswear, will discuss contemporary men’s dress and its history, styles, principles, and trends. Joining him will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart; New York Times cultural reporter Guy Trebay; and MFIT Deputy Director Patricia Mears.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Hal Rubenstein, by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Photo: Hal Rubenstein, by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
The Looks of Love

Hal Rubenstein

Tuesday, April 26 | 6pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Hal Rubenstein, formerly men’s mtyle editor of The New York Times Magazine and currently editor at large of InStyle, presents his new book, The Looks of Love, in which he presents 50 of the most influential romantic moments in style. Playful, profound, stylish, and sophisticated, The Looks of Love combines more than 225 images and essays.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Talk & Tours

Giorgio di Sant'Angelo dress, multicolor silk chiffon, chamois skin, 1971, USA, gift of Ms. Lena Horne, 91.254.25
Giorgio di Sant'Angelo dress, multicolor silk chiffon, chamois skin, The Summer of Jane and Cinderella collection, 1971, USA, gift of Ms. Lena Horne, 91.254.25
Fairy Tale Fashion

Wednesday, February 24 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Monday, March 7 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 13 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Fairy Tale Fashion is a unique and imaginative exhibition that examines fairy tales through the lens of high fashion. Organized by MFIT associate curator Colleen Hill, it features more than 80 objects in dramatic, fantasy-like settings, including extraordinary 21st-century fashions by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Rodarte.

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

Men’s work pants, denim and brushed cotton, circa 1840, USA, museum purchase, P86.64.3
Men’s work pants, denim and brushed cotton, circa 1840, USA, museum purchase, P86.64.3
Denim: Fashion's Frontier

Wednesday, February 10 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Monday, April 18 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, May 4 | 10:30 am

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Denim: Fashion’s Frontier explores the multifaceted history of denim and its relationship with high fashion. The exhibition features more than 70 objects—from work wear to haute couture—all from the museum’s permanent collection, and many of which have never before been on view.

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

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Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe © 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.
Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe © 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.
The Women of Harper's Bazaar, 1936–1958

Monday, March 14 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 30 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT

Gallery FIT

Organized by FIT’s School of Graduate Studies, The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936-1958 explores the collaboration among editor in chief Carmel Snow, fashion editor Diana Vreeland, and photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Fashion photography and garments from MFIT’s collection show how these three women reinvigorated Harper’s Bazaar.

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

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