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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

Fashion Unraveled: Memory, Wear, and Imperfection in Dress Saturday, September 29, 2018, New York, New York
Photo: Fashion Unraveled: Memory, Wear, and Imperfection in Dress poster.                                    
Fashion Unraveled Colloquium: Memory, Wear, and Imperfection in Dress

Saturday, September 29 | 10 am - 5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Inspired by the MFIT exhibition Fashion Unraveled and organized by MFIT and the Fashion Research Network, this one-day colloquium explores the concepts of memory, wear, and imperfection in fashion. Speakers will focus on imperfect garments and the significance of dressing as a habitual, intimate, and ephemeral act.

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Book cover image: a small red shoe at bottom center with book title Proust's Duchess in red at top center
Photo: Cover of Proust’s Duchess, courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf.
       
Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-siècle Paris

Caroline Weber

Thursday, October 4 | 6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Author Caroline Weber takes us into the daily lives of three women who were superstars of fin-de-siècle Parisian high society, “paragons of elegance, nobility, and style.” Behind the glamour, they endured loneliness, rigid social rules, and loveless marriages, yet inspired novelist Marcel Proust to heights of literary achievement.
A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Book cover image is a black motorcycle jacket with Worn in New York overlayed on top in white
Photo: Cover of Worn in New York.                                          
Worn In New York

Emily Spivack

Tuesday, October 30 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

New York Times bestselling author Emily Spivack presents Worn in New York, a contemporary cultural history of well-loved clothes and the people who wore them. Contributors in and out of the public eye share personal, wild, poignant, funny stories about the clothes that are part of their New York lives. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Photo: Courtesy of Mimi Prober
Photo: Courtesy of Mimi Prober.                                                   
Mending Workshop - SOLD OUT

Mimi Prober

Tuesday, November 6 | 5:30 pm 
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

In conjunction with Fashion Unraveled, artist and fashion designer Mimi Prober will introduce natural dye and hand-embroidery techniques to inspire the mending and reclaiming of your own loved garments. For a list of materials, please check our website, fitny.edu/museum. The group will meet in the lobby of MFIT.

Book cover image: black and white photo of a woman posing in a dress with Charles James standing at the side looking at her with title printed in red over image.
Photo: Cover of Charles James: Portrait of a an Unreasonable Man: Fame, Fashion, Art. courtesy of Rizzoli.
Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man: Fame, Fashion, Art

Michèle Gerber Klein in conversation with Valerie Steele

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

Join author Michèle Gerber Klein and MFIT Director Valerie Steele as they discuss Klein’s new biography of revolutionary fashion designer Charles James. Klein tells the story of James’s life and career as seen through his own and other people’s eyes. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Book cover image: a woman kneeling in a pose with the book title printed in abstract lettering in pink, orange and red over image
Photo: Cover of How to Slay, courtesy of Rizzoli.                        
How to Slay

Constance White in conversation with Valerie Steele

Tuesday, November 27 | 6 pm 
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Author Constance White will join Dr. Valerie Steele to discuss the influence of black style on today’s fashion vernacular, drawing on striking images of trendsetters from Josephine Baker to Michelle Obama, Rihanna, and Pharrell Williams. White’s book, How to Slay, is one of the few surveys of black style and fashion ever published. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Symposium

Pink sympsoium brochure cover image: back view of black sheath dress with large "Paris rose" satin bow and title printed in pink
Photograph: Yves Saint Laurent, black sheath dress with “Paris rose” satin bow, Paris haute couture collection, 1983. Gilles Tapie/ELLE/Scoop © Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.
Pink Symposium

Friday, October 19, 10 am - 5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

The Museum at FIT presents Pink, its twentieth academic symposium. This symposium will explore the significance of the color pink in fashion, art, and culture. Pink provokes exceptionally strong feelings of both attraction and repulsion, yet it is increasingly being regarded as cool and androgynous, powerful and political. Topics will include the significance of pink clothing in western and non-western cultures (including India, Africa, Mexico, and Japan), the role of pink in eighteenth-century portraiture, associations of pink with politics, gender, and sexuality, and the use of pink in cinema.

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Talk & Tours

tunic and pants in shades of pink and metallic, and floral jacquard
Photo: Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, ensemble, synthetic and cotton, fall 2016, Japan.
Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color


Wednesday, September 26 | 11 am - SOLD OUT
Monday, November 5 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, December 5 | 11 am - SOLD OUT

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Pink has been called the most divisive of colors, yet attitudes are changing, and pink is increasingly regarded as cool and androgynous. Featuring approximately 80 ensembles from the eighteenth century to the present, this exhibition reveals the variety and power of pink in selections by Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Comme des Garçons, and many more.

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

tabi style boots that have been painted white
Photo: Maison Martin Margiela, boots, painted canvas, spring 1990, Belgium.
Fashion Unraveled

Monday, October 15 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 31 | 11 am - SOLD OUT

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Fashion Unraveled explores the roles of memory and imperfection in fashion, highlighting the aberrant beauty in flawed objects and giving precedence to garments that have been altered, left unfinished, or deconstructed.

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


 

Family Activities

pale pink and white babydoll dress with a confection of bows and ruffles
Photo: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, ensemble, 
2009, Japan, museum purchase. 2010.50.2                             
Exploring Pink


Friday, November 2 | 4 pm
Friday, November 16 | 4 pm

Join us for family fun inspired by the exhibition Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color. On our first Friday, we will create a pink altar while learning about Mexico’s Días de los Muertos. Two weeks later, a scavenger hunt will show us how pink is a color for everyone.

This activity is recommended for ages 5 to 9. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. All sessions meet in the museum lobby. Be sure to wear pink!

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