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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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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.

Cover of Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion
Photo: Cover of Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion
Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion

Zandra Rhodes and Fern Mallis

Thursday, November 14 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Zandra Rhodes and Fern Mallis as they present, Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion, a book that celebrates Rhodes' 50-year career in fashion and textile design. Both a fashion trailblazer and a consummate textile designer, Zandra Rhodes has influenced the work of contemporary labels such as Mary Katrantzou and Alice Temperley. The book honors the centrality of textile design in Rhodes’s work, while exploring the versatility of her imagination throughout her long career. A book signing will follow.

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

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

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.

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.