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Pink Symposium

Pink sympsoium brochure cover image: back view of black sheath dress with large "Paris rose" satin bow and title printed in pink
Cover: Yves Saint Laurent, black sheath dress with “Paris rose” satin bow, Paris haute couture collection, 1983. Gilles Tapie/ELLE/Scoop © Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

The Museum at FIT presented Pink, its twentieth academic symposium. This symposium explored the significance of the color pink in fashion, art, and culture. Pink provokes exceptionally strong feelings of both attraction and repulsion, yet it is increasingly being regarded as cool and androgynous, powerful and political. Topics  included the significance of pink clothing in western and non-western cultures (including India, Africa, Mexico, and Japan), the role of pink in eighteenth-century portraiture, associations of pink with politics, gender, and sexuality, and the use of pink in cinema.

This event was recorded. Videos of each speakers presentations are available to watch below and on The Museum at FIT's YouTube Channel.


Symposium Schedule

Friday, October 19, 2018
10 am-1 pm
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, Welcoming remarks
Dr. Valerie Steele, “Pink: The History of a Color” | Video
Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, “Panavision in Pink: Deceptively Demure” | Video
Dr. Dominique Grisard, “In the Pink of Things: Gender, Sexuality, and Color” | Video
Barbara Nemitz
, “Pink: The Exposed Color” | Video
Lunch break
Dr. A. Cassandra Albinson, “Feminine Desire and Fragility: Pink in Eighteenth-Century Portraiture” | Video

Tanya Melendez-Escalante, “Mexican Rose” | Video
Dr. Masafumi Monden, "The Color of the Day: Many Shades of Pink in Japan" | Video
Dr. Regina Lee Blaszczyk, “Pink Predictions” | Video
Elena Romero and Monica L. Miller, “Pink in African American Music and Culture” | Video

Speakers are subject to change without notice.


Pink Symposium

Pink, the fall 2018 MFIT Fashion Symposium, has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, Mary Kay Cosmetics, the Coby Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding has been provided by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation.



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