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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

Photo: Cover of Fashion in European Art. Courtesy of IB Tauris
Photo: Cover of Fashion in European Art. Courtesy of IB Tauris.                                                  
Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925

Justine De Young in conversation with Valerie Steele

Wednesday, March 7 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

FIT Assistant Professor Justine De Young will discuss her new book, Fashion in European Art, with MFIT director Valerie Steele. Illustrated with a lavish array of images, their conversation will range over topics such as fashion, art, and politics; the controversy surrounding mannequins and monkeys; and sexual identity in men’s portraiture. You will never look at paintings like Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte the same way again. A book signing will follow the conversation.

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Photo: Poster courtesy of Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image.
Photo: Poster courtesy of Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image.
Film: Straight/Curve

Jenny McQuaile and Meredith Rollins

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

Join us for a screening of Straight/Curve, an exciting new documentary that examines the body image crisis. Ninety percent of women and young girls say that they feel unrepresented in the fashion industry and that the imagery they consume daily makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than.” The film showcases fashion leaders who are fighting for more diversity of size, race, and age. After the screening, director Jenny McQuaile and Meredith Rollins, editor in chief of Redbook magazine, will discuss topics addressed in Straight/Curve.

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Photo: Poster for We Margiela © mint film offce.
Photo: Poster for We Margiela © mint film office.                      
Film: We Margiela

Tuesday, April 17 | 6 pm 
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

Join us for the New York premiere of We Margiela, a documentary about the enigmatic fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. The late Jenny Meirens, co-founder of the maison, and members of the design team reveal their creative processes and unique philosophies. Their stories offer unprecedented insight into one of the most influential design houses of our time.

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Photo: Cover of Loulou & Yves. Courtesy of St Martin’s Press.
Photo: Cover of Loulou & Yves. Courtesy of St Martin’s Press.                                 
Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de la Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent

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

Join Christopher Petkanas and MFIT deputy director Patricia Mears for a discussion of the history of muses in fashion — especially Loulou de la Falaise, whose bohemian spirit and fearless sense of style caught the attention of Yves Saint Laurent. She is the subject of Petkanas’s new book, Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de la Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent. A book signing will follow the conversation.

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Photo: Poster for Franca: Chaos and Creation, courtesy of Franca the Movie
Photo: Poster for Franca: Chaos and Creation, courtesy of Franca the Movie.             
Film: Franca: Chaos and Creation

Francesco Carrozzini

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

Join director Francesco Carrozzini for a screening of his film Franca: Chaos and Creation, an intimate portrait of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor in chief of Vogue Italia. For 25 years, Sozzani’s magazine covers have broken rules and redefined concepts of beauty. Featuring interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber, Baz Luhrmann, Courtney Love, and others, the film is deeply insightful and emotional, like a love letter from a son to his mother.

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Symposium

Cover: Martin Margiela, tunic, 1997, Belgium. Photograph © MFIT.
Cover: Martin Margiela, tunic, 1997, Belgium. Photograph © MFIT.
Fashion and Physique Symposium - SOLD OUT

Friday, February 23, 2018 10 am - 5 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

This event will be broadcast live online.

Fashion and Physique is the nineteenth fashion symposium to be organized by The Museum at FIT. Lectures and panels include topics such as the emergence of the plus-size fashion industry in the early twentieth century, the impact of popular culture on how we assess the female body, and fashion accessibility for the disabled in the technological age. With this symposium and the exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique, MFIT hopes to foster a dialogue about how the fashion industry has contributed to the marginalization of certain body types, and to shed new light on the work of designers, models, and activists who challenge what constitutes the “ideal” fashion body.

Learn more about the symposium


Talk & Tours

Photo: Norell, “Mermaid” dress, silk jersey, sequins, USA, 1965.
Photo: Norell, “Mermaid” dress, silk jersey, sequins, USA, 1965.
Norell: Dean of American Fashion

Wednesday, February 21 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Monday, March 12 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 4 | 10:30 am

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Norman Norell was one of America’s greatest and most influential fashion designers, whose extraordinary career spanned six decades. Organized by guest curator Jeffrey Banks and MFIT Deputy Director Patricia Mears, this exhibition focuses primarily on the years from 1960 to 1972.

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

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Photo: Christian Siriano, dress, faille crêpe, 2016, USA, © MFIT.
Photo: Christian Siriano, dress, faille crêpe, 2016, USA, © MFIT.
The Body: Fashion and Physique

Monday, February 26 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 21 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 18 | 10:30 am

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

The Body: Fashion and Physique explores the complex history of the “perfect” body in fashion. Full hips, narrow hips, feminine waists, and boyish frames have each, at different times, been hailed as the pinnacle of beauty. This exhibition explores the cultural impact of this shifting ideal, as well as the contemporary movement toward greater inclusiveness.

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

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Photo: Reticule, circa 1800, France, © MFIT.
Photo: Reticule, circa 1800, France, © MFIT.                            
Pockets to Purses: Fashion and Function

Wednesday, March 14 | 10:30 am - SOLD OUT
Monday, March 19 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT

Gallery FIT

Pockets to Purses: Fashion and Function traces various ways people have carried personal possessions from 1800 to the present. Beginning with an early nineteenth century woman’s reticule made from a man’s waistcoat, the exhibition explores how designers have adapted the pocket to create fashionable silhouettes and luxurious handbags and purses.

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

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