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Fashion Unraveled Colloquium: Memory, Wear, and Imperfection in Dress

Detail of dress by Hans Schreiber, collection of The Museum at FIT
Saturday, September 29, 2018
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 explored the concepts of memory, wear, and imperfection in fashion. Speakers focused on imperfect garments and the significance of dressing as a habitual, intimate, and ephemeral act.

Watch the video recordings on YouTube.



Symposium Schedule

Saturday, September 29, 2018
10 am-1 pm
Dr. Alexis Romano, Welcoming remarks and introduction
Colleen Hill, "Fashion Unraveled" | Video
Dr. Ellen Sampson, “Affect and Embodiment: Why Worn Things Matter” | Video

Exhibitions & Archives

Dr. Jeffrey Horsley, “Perfect Bodies for Imperfect Dress: Exhibiting ‘Disorderly’ Apparel” | Video
Michelle McVicker, “‘The Traces of Use,’ A Case Study of Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo and the Potentiality of Visibly Worn Dress” | Video
Sarah Scaturro, “Full of Vice: The Conservator’s Collection” | Video
William DeGregorio, “Altered States: Assessing Refashioned and Remodeled Costume at the Museum of the City of New York” | Video

Lunch break

Traces & Tears: Wear & Object Biography

Dr. Katie Knowles, “Altered; Faded; Bleeding; Surviving: An African American Family Story of Slavery and Freedom as Told by a Calico Skirt” | Video
Dr. Sonya Abrego, “Denim, Smartphone Fade, and the Markings of Contemporary Labor” | Video
Dr. Bethan Bide, “One Dress, Multiple Stories: Exploring Everyday Fashion Objects as Sites for Narrating Speculative Biographies” | Video

Repair, Recycling & Reinterpretation

Dr. Carolyn Dowdell, “Gertrude Savile’s Green Damask: Exploring Clothing’s Multiple Lives in Eighteenth-Century England” | Video
Selene States, “The Inauthentic Interwar Dress Collection” | Video
Jeppe Ugelvig, “Memory Garments: The Non-Archive of Susan Cianciolo” | Video