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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

image of Yliana Lepez in a black ensembles standing on sidewalk
Photo: Yliana Yepez.                                                                   
                   
The Venezuelan Diaspora and Fashion

Maria Eugenia Escovar, Monica Sordo, Yliana Yepez, and
Tanya Melendez-Escalante, moderator

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

Three New York-based Venezuelan expats — Maria Eugenia Escovar, from Chanel jewelry public relations; Monica Sordo, jewelry designer; and Yliana Yepez, a luxury handbag designer — will discuss Venezuela’s fashion industry amidst political turmoil.

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black and white photo of Calvin Klein
Photo: Calvin Klein © Steven Klein.                                              
Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein in conversation with Valerie Steele

Wednesday, September 18 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Celebrate FIT’s 75th anniversary, as well as MFIT’s 50th, with internationally renowned fashion designer Calvin Klein, whose storied fashion career is as unique as it is glamorous. An FIT alumnus, Klein will discuss the elegance, provocation, and modernism of the Calvin Klein aesthetic with MFIT Director Valerie Steele.

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Work! book cover
Photo: Cover of WORK! Dress by Pauline Trigère. Photograph by Richard Avedon.
                                                       
Work! A Queer History of Modeling

Elspeth H. Brown

Wednesday, September 25 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Elspeth H. Brown for a presentation of her book WORK!, an out-of-the-ordinary history of twentieth-century American culture and capitalism. Brown tells the largely unknown story of queer models and photographers, showing how queer sensibilities shaped the commercialized sexuality that’s at the center of consumer capitalism. A book signing will follow.

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Still from Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. Courtesy of Deborah Riley Draper.
Photo: Still from Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. Courtesy of Deborah Riley Draper.
Film: Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution

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

Join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. The film recounts the 1973 “Battle of Versailles” fashion face-off between American and French designers at Chateau de Versailles that catapulted African American models onto the European stage and made a name for American designers overseas.

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headshot of Veronica Webb
Photo: Veronica Webb, courtesy of Veronica Webb.                 
                                      
Technology and the Future of Fashion

Veronica Webb and Rory Tahari

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

Join model Veronica Webb and Rory Tahari, the CEO and founder of State of Mind Partners, for a panel discussion on the future of fashion and the impact of digital technology. Drawing on their decades of fashion experience, Webb and Tahari will address blogging, online/mobile shopping, and innovative manufacturing methods, such as 3D printing and robotic sewing.

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Person Place Thing logo
Photo: Person Place Thing logo                                                                  
Person Place Thing

Randy Cohen in conversation with Valerie Steele

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

Randy Cohen, creator of the public radio program Person Place Thing, says his guests are at their most engaging when they talk about whatever they find most meaningful. In an interview to be recorded for broadcast, Cohen will ask MFIT Director Valerie Steele about her own most memorable person, place, and thing. There will be live musical accompaniment.

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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.

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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.

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Symposium

woman in pink dress depicted larger than life stepping on to large castle
Photo: Small Landmarks: Reflecting, 1995, © David LaChapelle.
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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 will be The Museum at FIT’s 22nd academic symposium. The one-day event will explore 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 will include 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.

Admission to the symposium is free, and it will be livestreamed.

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


Wednesday, September 18, 11 am - SOLD OUT
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.

white strapless floor length dress with yellow swirling circles in various sizes hand painted overall and oversized bow with long trailing ends
Photo: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, evening dress, spring/summer, 2014, Spain.
Minimalism/Maximalism

Monday, October 7, 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 16, 11 am - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, November 6, 11 am - SOLD OUT

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Minimalism/Maximalism explores the interplay between minimalist and maximalist aesthetics as expressed through fashion. Minimalism celebrates purity and restraint, while maximalism emphasizes the beauty of excess and redundancy. The exhibition features more than 85 garments, accessories, and textiles exclusively from the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT.

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


 

Familiy Activities

corset hat in deep red satin and lace
Photo: Christian Dior (Stephen Jones), top hat, fall 2000, France. The Museum at FIT, 2003.70.1
Exploring Paris, Capital of Fashion


Friday, September 20 | 4 pm

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Join The Museum at FIT for an exploration of the world of French fashion history in our exhibition Paris, Capital of Fashion. Families are invited to view objects that date from the eighteenth century to the present, followed by a hands-on textile activity. Suggested ages are 5 to 12 years old.

The group will meet in the lobby of MFIT.

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