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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. 
Join the conversation online using #FashionCulture

You may also register by phone: 212 217.4585 or via email: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu
If you require accommodations due to a disability please contact museuminfo@fitnyc.edu to discuss your needs. 
The request should be provided with enough time to reasonably setup the accommodation.  
 
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Events

film poster with man and women looking forward with rainbow disco background
Photo: Poster for Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco.
Film: Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco

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

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco is an electrifying documentary that follows fashion illustrator (and FIT alumnus) Antonio Lopez from New York to Paris between 1969 and 1973. Interviews with Bill Cunningham and Jessica Lange, archival footage, and Antonio’s own exuberant illustrations tell the story of this native of Puerto Rico, raised in the Bronx, who took the world of fashion illustration by storm. Alexander Joseph, Hue Magazine managing editor, will introduce the film.

Learn more about Antonio Lopez and see some of his work in the exhibition The Traphagen School: Fostering American Fashion.

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floral denim ensemble
Photo: Roberto Cavalli, ensemble, embroidered denim and silk, spring 2003, Italy.
50 Years of The Museum at FIT: Fashion as Cultural Heritage

Felicia Caponigri, Susan Scafidi, and Valerie Steele

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

As part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebration, The Museum at FIT invites you to this panel discussion about fashion museums, the fashion industry, and the cultural heritage of fashion. Panelists will include Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT; Professor Susan Scafidi, director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University; and moderator Felicia Caponigri, an American lawyer and PhD student at IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy.

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model wearing Charles James coat
Photo: Cover of Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape, published by Spector Books. Photograph by Juan Ramos, courtesy of the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, archive of Homer Layne.
Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape

Wednesday, March 20 | 6 pm 
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Please join Dorothea Mink, professor of fashion design at the University of Arts, Bremen, and Homer Layne for a presentation of their fascinating book on Charles James. Layne — James’s assistant for almost a decade — and Mink analyze the great designer’s remarkable innovations, revealing what made his designs so special, and suggest how designers today can apply James’s principles to their own work.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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headshot of Alexander McQueen wearing floral mask against black background
Photo: Poster for McQueen, courtesy of Bleecker Street Media.
Film: McQueen

Tuesday, March 26 | 6 pm 
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

Directed by Ian Bonhôte and co-directed and written by Peter Ettedgui, McQueen is a personal look at the extraordinary life, career, and artistry of Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite catwalk visuals, and music, McQueen is an authentic celebration, a thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary and his colorful, often terrifying creations.

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book cover features titles at top and floral shoe at bottom
Photo: Cover of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era, courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.
Tresures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era

Kimberly S. Alexander

Tuesday, April 2 | 6 pm 
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join author Kimberly S. Alexander for a presentation of Treasures Afoot, her intriguing new book that interweaves biography and material culture with full-color photographs to tell how shoes were made, sold, and worn during the eighteenth century. Alexander traces the fortunes and misfortunes of wearers as their footwear was altered to accommodate poor health, agging nances, and changing styles, raising fresh questions about everyday life in early America.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

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headshot of Liya Kebede
Photo: Liya Kebede by Silja Magg.                                              
Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede in conversation with Elizabeth Way

Date and time to be announced. 
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Accomplished supermodel and designer Liya Kebede joins MFIT Assistant Curator of Costume Elizabeth Way to talk about lemlem, Kebede’s collection of women’s, men’s, children’s clothing, and home goods made entirely in Africa. The core collection is handwoven from natural cotton sourced in Kebede’s native Ethiopia. Women artisans are at the heart of lemlem, and the brand is committed to helping them nd health care, education, and jobs through the lemlem Foundation.

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Symposium

collage of installation photos from exhibitions at The Museum at FIT
Cover: Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 installation view, The Corset: Fashioning the Body installation view, and Junya Watanabe dress.
Exhibiting Fashion

Friday, March 8, 10 am - 5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

The Museum at FIT presents Exhibiting Fashion, its twenty-first academic symposium. This symposium will explore the history of fashion curating, the different ways fashion is displayed in museum settings, and how national and regional identities influence fashion exhibitions. The symposium is organized in conjunction with Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT, which commemorates the rich history of the museum, the site of more than 200 exhibitions since the 1970s.

More details to be announced.

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Talk & Tours

instllation view of red and gold leather shoes with invisible heel
Photo: Noritaka Tatehana, shoe, fall 2010. Japan.                     
Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT


Wednesday, February 27 | 11 am
Monday, March 11 | 6 pm
Wednesday, April 10 | 11 am

We are celebrating the first 50 years of The Museum at FIT with a selection of dresses, ensembles, and accessories that previously appeared in some of our most audacious and memorable exhibitions. Organized by MFIT Director Valerie Steele and Curator Colleen Hill, this is a greatest hits show that should not be missed.

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

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longsleeve purple velvet coat with military and Victorian style influences
Photo: Apple Boutique, moiré velvet mini coat, 1968, England.                   
Fabric In Fashion


Monday, February 11 | 6 pm
Wednesday, February 20 | 11 am
Wednesday, March 27 | 11 am

Fabric In Fashion illuminates the fascinating connections between fabrics, silhouettes, and the cultural movements that have shaped Western fashion. Organized by Assistant Curator Elizabeth Way, the exhibition examines more than 65 garments and accessories, as well as over 30 flat textiles, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection.

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

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gold longsleeve dress with Indian-inspired brass jewelry attached along the neckline
Photo: Geoffrey Beene, gold lamé dress, 1969.                   
The Traphagen School: Fostering American Fashion


Wednesday, March 13 | 11 am
Monday, March 18 | 6 pm

Organized by FIT’s School of Graduate Studies, The Traphagen School: Fostering American Fashion highlights the work of Ethel Traphagen and her many illustrious alumni. The exhibition explores the foundations of American fashion design education and methods that are still relevant today. Tours will be led by student organizers.

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

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