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Black Fashion Designers Symposium

Cover illustration © Edward Wilkerson.
Cover illustration © Edward Wilkerson.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center,
First Floor

The Museum at FIT hosted a one-day symposium on February 6, 2017, featuring talks by designers, models, journalists, and scholars on African diasporic culture and fashion. The accompanying exhibition, Black Fashion Designers, examined the significant but often unrecognized, impact that designers of African descent have had on fashion design. Joined by celebrity stylist June Ambrose, reporter Teri Agins, designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and models Bethann Hardison and Veronica Webb, this symposium was an educational exploration of fashion, diversity and more.

See our Black Fashion Designers Symposium playlist on YouTube for recordings of this event.



Symposium Schedule
Read the speaker biographies 
Monday, February 6, 2017
10 am-1 pm
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT
Welcoming remarks
Dr. Valerie Steele, introduction
Elizabeth Way, “From Dressmakers to Designers” | Video
Alphonso McClendon, “Fashion and Jazz” | Video
Dr. Monica Miller and Eric Darnell Pritchard, in conversation about Patrick Kelly | Video
Ariele Elia, “From Seventh Avenue to Global Markets” | Video
June Ambrose in conversation with Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs | Video
Lunch break
Dr. Valerie Steele, in conversation with Grace Wales Bonner and Mimi Plange | Video
Dr. Victoria Rovine
, “Fashion in Africa and Beyond” | Video
Elizabeth Way, in conversation with Teri Agins, Dario Calmese, and Constance White on their careers in fashion media | Video
Elena Romero in conversation with Dapper Dan and Jeriana San Juan on hip hop and fashion | Video
Ariele Elia, in conversation with Bethann Hardison and Veronica Webb about modeling and diversity | Video
Speakers are subject to change without notice.

Black Fashion Designers Symposium 2017


Black Fashion Designers, the spring 2017 MFIT Fashion Symposium, has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, the President’s Diversity Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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