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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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Mikaila brown holding white flower in front of blue background
Photo: Mikaila Brown. Photograph by Federica Carlet.                 

Building Community through Fashion in Harlem

Mikaila Brown

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

Join fashion anthropologist Mikaila Brown, PhD, for a discussion of gentrification, fashion, and the changing landscape of New York. Speaking with the owners of some of the longest standing boutiques in Harlem, Dr. Brown will explore how changing neighbor dynamics affect their experience as small business owners, fashion innovators, and community members.

image of man in full costume jumping caught mid air with three individuals in background
Photo: Kyle Davis in The Nutcracker. Photo by Beau Pearson.
China Chic: Orientalist Representations in Western Performing Arts

Phil Chan

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

Phil Chan is co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, a movement for change in the ballet community of stereotypes of Asians. From The Nutcracker to Crazy Rich Asians, Chan approaches issues of race and representation by exploring “cultural appropriation” through the lens of dance history — where he finds many parallels to fashion and costuming.

John Galliano for Dior book cover
Photo: Cover John Galliano for Dior (Thames & Hudson)       
John Galliano for Dior - SOLD OUT

André Leon Talley and Dr. Valerie Steele

Wednesday, December 4 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join André Leon Talley and Valerie Steele as they discuss John Galliano for Dior (Thames & Hudson), the new book showcasing John Galliano’s creations for the House of Dior, captured in inspiring images by celebrated photographer Robert Fairer. The unforgettable designs, which have become collectors’ items and form a key chapter in the history of the House of Dior, are widely recognized as some of the most breathtaking and imaginative collections ever created.


woman in pink dress depicted larger than life stepping on to large castle
Photo: Small Landmarks: Reflecting, 1995, © David LaChapelle.
Paris, Capital of Fashion

Friday, October 18, 10 am - 5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

Paris, Capital of Fashion was The Museum at FIT’s 22nd academic symposium. The one-day event explored what it means for a city to be deemed a “fashion capital” and why Paris is generally considered the most prestigious and competitive fashion capital in the world.

Speakers included Miren Arzalluz, director, the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris; Christopher Breward, director of collection and research, National Galleries of Scotland; Nancy L. Green, director of studies, Centre de Recherches Historiques; Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT and curator of the exhibition Paris, Capital of Fashion; and others.

Learn more.

Talk & Tours

cotton muslin 3/4 length jacket with semi-attached under jacket in red and white striped dupioni with floral jacquard lapels and grey satin breeches
Photo: John Galliano, ensemble, spring/summer 1992, England.
Paris, Capital of Fashion

Monday, November 18, 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, December 11, 11 am - SOLD OUT

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Paris, Capital of Fashion explores how and why Paris became the international capital of fashion. Although globalization has transformed fashion, Paris arguably remains the most glamorous and competitive of then world’s fashion capitals. The exhibition features about 100 objects dating the eighteenth century to the present.

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