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A Stain on an All-American Brand: How Brooks Brothers Once Clothed Slaves
September 19, 2019
The New York Society Library
New York, NY

In the nineteenth century, Brooks Brothers - which celebrated its bicentennial last year - provided garments for coachmen, footmen, and chauffeurs in wealthy American households, many of them in the antebellum South. Thus, like many northern commercial institutions, the storied clothier benefited from the institution of slavery. This intriguing connection will be the focus of an illustrated talk by Jonathan Michael Square, a writer and historian specializing in fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora. Following the presentation, Dr. Square will be in conversation with Elizabeth Way, assistant curator at The Museum at FIT.

This event is free of charge but advance registration is required. Learn more.


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FashionSpeak Fridays: Paris Refashioned, 1957 - 1968
September 27, 2019
National Arts Club
New York, NY

Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories at The Museum at FIT, will present on one of the most groundbreaking periods in fashion history. The 1960s was one of the most exciting times in fashion history, as shifting cultural paradigms were embraced by a generation of designers that challenged conventions and reinvented the fashion industry.  From the early couture designs of Yves Saint Laurent to the popularity of ready-to-wear fashions by Emmanuelle Khanh – part of a new group known as the stylists – Parisian fashions of the 1960s traces the combined influence of French haute couture, ready-to-wear, and popular culture during this era.

This event is free of charge. Please send your intention to attend with the name of this event as the email subject to: [email protected]


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Paris, Capital of Fashion, a talk by Dr Valerie Steele
October 1, 2019
London College of Fashion
London, UK

Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, will talk about her new exhibition and book, Paris, Capital of Fashion at the London College of Fashion. Paris has played an important, perhaps unique, role in the history of fashion. Yet both the city of Paris and Paris fashion have also been mythologised. By placing Paris in a global context, over a period of more than 300 years, she hopes to throw light on what makes a fashion capital - and, in particular, on the cultural construction of Paris as the most glamorous and competitive fashion capital in the world. This event is free but booking is essential. Learn more.

jeffrey banks and guest holding a copy of norell: dean of american fashion book

In celebration of The Museum at FIT’s 50th anniversary, we are gathering and sharing stories of visitors’ favorite MFIT exhibitions, events, and experiences.

Learn more about this project.

Wearing Memories Call for Contributors
Wearing Memories

In conjunction with the exhibition Fashion Unraveled, The Museum at FIT invited the public to help tell the story of clothes. 

Learn more about the project.