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.
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]
October 1, 2019
London College of Fashion
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.
In celebration of The Museum at FIT’s 50th anniversary, we are gathering and sharing stories of visitors’ favorite MFIT exhibitions, events, and experiences.