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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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Photo: Hal Rubenstein, by Inex van Lansweerde and Vindoodh Matadin
Photo: Hal Rubenstein, by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vindoodh Matadin.
Fashion and Film: The 1960s

Hal Rubenstein

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

Hal Rubenstein will join us to examine one of the twentieth century’s most fascinating decades, the 1960s, through the dual lens of fashion and film. A founding editor of InStyle magazine, Rubenstein has also written for The New Yorker, Elle, Interview,Vogue, and many other publications. His wry, savvy, and uplifting views of women have made him one of the most respected and influential voices in the fashion industry. 

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Photo: Sir New York, all three ensembles, USA. Photograph by Christopher Hall for Hue magazine, winter 2017.
Photo: Sir New York, all three ensembles, USA. Photograph by Christopher Hall for Hue magazine, winter 2017.
New Directions in Menswear

Alexander Joseph, Abdul Abasi, Auston Björkman, Andrew Morrison, and Greg Rosborough

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

Join Alexander Joseph, editor of FIT’s Hue magazine, for a lively conversation about the diverse future of menswear with four designers: Auston Björkman, founder of Sir New York, a “gender non-specific menswear” firm; Andrew Morrison, winner of the 2016 Out magazine Fashion Vanguard Award; and Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough, who draw on their military and athletic backgrounds for their forward- thinking tailoring and sportswear using natural textiles. 

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Photo: Tracy Reese, dress, pre-fall 2015, USA. Photograph by Philippe Rohdewald.
Photo: Tracy Reese, dress, pre-fall 2015, USA. Photograph by Philippe Rohdewald.
Tracy Reese in Conversation with Elizabeth Way

Wednesday, March 15 | 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Tracy Reese and Black Fashion Designers co-curator Elizabeth Way for a lively talk about Reese’s career as a designer. Reese crafts colorful, feminine pieces for the modern woman. She helms a multi-line lifestyle brand, and her clients have included first lady Michelle Obama. Her design philosophy is rooted in a commitment to bringing out the beauty in women of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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Photograph: I.D. (Emmanuelle Khanh), dress, 1966.
Photograph: I.D. (Emmanuelle Khanh), dress, 1966.
Fashion and Celebrity in 1960s France

Colleen Hill

Tuesday, March 21 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Colleen Hill, curator of Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968, for a discussion of the in influence of popular culture on 1960s French fashion. Through an examination of style icons such as Brigitte Bardot and Françoise Hardy, the 1966 Jean-Luc Godard film Masculin Féminin, and Elle magazine, Hill will show how the overlap between music, films, and media helped to shape the dynamic fashion industry during this era.

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Photo: Nicole Kidman wearing John Galliano for Dior. Kevin Mazur/WireImage, 1997.
Photo: Nicole Kidman wearing John Galliano for Dior. Kevin Mazur/WireImage, 1997.
Red Carpet Style

Hal Rubenstein

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

Hal Rubenstein returns to MFIT for an exciting conversation about contemporary style. The author of books such as 100 Unforgettable Dresses, Rubenstein has observed that “the right dress on the right woman at the right time creates this memorable moment that influences how we see beauty, how we see femininity.” He will discuss the influence of red carpet looks on today’s society. 

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Photo: Ken Downing.
Photo: Ken Downing.
The Changing World of Luxury Retail

Ken Downing

Tuesday, May 23 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director for luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, for a discussion of the fashion industry’s current state of affairs from Downing’s singular, knowledgeable, insightful, and always humorous point of view. Downing travels the globe as an international ambassador, tracking trends from the front row, backstage, and in the streets. His insider’s view of the industry is inspiring and unparalleled. 

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Symposium

Past symposiums can be viewed on our Symposia webpage.
 


Talk & Tours

Photo: André Courrèges, boots, white leather and Velcro, 1964, France.
Photo: André Courrèges, boots, white leather and Velcro, 1964, France.
Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968

Wednesday, February 15 | 10:30 am SOLD OUT
Monday, March 13 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 5 | 10:30 am

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 examines the significant role that Paris played during one of the most fascinating and groundbreaking periods in fashion history: the shift from the unassailable dominance of the haute couture to the newfound influence of ready-to-wear.

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

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Photo: Stephen Burrows, dress, circa 1973, USA.
Photo: Stephen Burrows, dress, circa 1973, USA.
Black Fashion Designers

Wednesday, February 22 | 10:30 am
Wednesday, March 15 | 10:30 am
Monday, April 24 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Monday, May 8 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Black Fashion Designers examines the impact made by designers of African American descent on the world of fashion. It honors the creative talents of designers who are often overlooked and offers a fresh perspective on issues of diversity within the fashion industry.

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

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Photo: Gilbert Adrian, evening dress, 1947.
Photo: Gilbert Adrian, evening dress, 1947.
Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond

Wednesday, March 22 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Monday, March 27 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT

Gallery FIT

Organized by FIT’s School of Graduate Studies,  Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond highlights Adrian’s couture and ready-to-wear designs, focusing on his use of textiles. Inspired by fabrics, Adrian created garments in which the materials are as celebrated as they are integral to the design.

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

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