Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor
Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse was The Museum at FIT’s 23rd academic symposium. The one-day event explored the ways in which twentieth-century ballerinas and their glamorous, romantic costumes profoundly inspired modern fashion.
Speakers included Lynn Garafola, professor emeritus of Columbia University; Laura Jacobs, dance and fashion critic; Jane Pritchard, curator of dance at the Victoria and Albert Museum; and Patricia Mears, deputy director of MFIT and curator of Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse.
Video recordings of each speaker's presentation will be available to view on The Museum at FIT's YouTube Channel soon!
Patricia Mears, “Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse”
Caitlyn Lehmann, “Turbans, Tulle and Taglioni’s Influence on Fashion, 1830–45” | Video
Jane Pritchard, “Sylphs, Snowflakes and Soldiers: Fashionable Costumes for the Ballet Dancer in the Late Nineteenth Century”
Lynn Garafola, “Anna Pavlova: A Ballerina of Taste”
Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support was provided by the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Gainsborough Bath Spa.