Fashion Culture Online Programs
Fashion Culture programs are organized by The Museum at FIT to provide new perspectives
on the culture of fashion.
All programs will premiere on YouTube at 6 PM on the designated day and are offered FREE of cost to the public.
Scroll down to register for individual programs.
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Byron Lars in Conversation with Valerie Steele
Thursday, October 28, 6 pm EDT
Fashion designer Byron Lars is beloved by celebrity A-listers, including Natalie Portman and Taylor Swift, and by notable figures such as Michelle Obama for his style “mash-ups,” which is an integral part of his design DNA. Lars and MFIT’s Director and Chief Curator Dr. Valerie Steele discuss his career, which started in 1991 with a small collection of sportswear focusing on what he referred to as “twisted American classics.” In 2020, Lars partnered with longtime colleague Sheila Gray to found IN EARNEST, a newly established iteration of the firmly established clothing brand. By definition, the new name means “occurring to a greater extent or more intensely than before,” so it makes sense that “IN EARNEST” is also the brand’s credo.
Catwalks and Collecting: Alexander Fury on Westwood and Galliano
Alexander Fury in conversation with Colleen Hill
Thursday, November 11, 6 pm EST
Join fashion journalist, author, and critic Alexander Fury and MFIT Curator Colleen Hill as they discuss Fury’s latest book, Vivienne Westwood: The Complete Collections (Yale University Press, 2021). The conversation will include an overview of highlights from Fury’s personal collection of fashion, which includes designs by Westwood, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, among others.
Stilettos to Sneakers: A Virtual Shoe Symposium
In conjunction with the exhibition Head to Toe
Friday, December 3, 2021, 11:00 am EST
The Museum at FIT’s 26th fashion symposium Stilettos to Sneakers: A Virtual Shoe Symposium brings together scholars and curators and their new research on the social and cultural
significance of shoes. Shoes have played an important role in human society for millennia,
but interest in them has grown exponentially in the past few decades with Americans—especially
women—buying more shoes. A growing cohort of men have begun collecting sneakers. This
symposium explores the evolving significance of shoes over the centuries—in real life
and in the cultural imagination. In this way, we hope to show the many ways in which
shoes matter to us.
Visit the event page to learn more about the speakers and get prepared with the reading list!
Valerie Steele and Colleen Hill, “Shoes: The Collection of The Museum at FIT”
Melissa Marra and Elizabeth Way, “Head to Toe”
Elizabeth Semmelhack, “He Wore/She Wore: The Short History of High Heels”
Christyna Pourhabib, “The First Pair: A Look into Sneaker Culture”