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Fashion Culture

Fashion Culture programs are organized by The Museum at FIT to provide new perspectives on the culture of fashion.

All programs are free unless otherwise indicated. However, reservations are strongly encouraged, as space is limited. The Museum at FIT and the college reserve the right to cancel a program at any time.

Program Venues
The Katie Murphy Amphitheatre is in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center on the northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street. 

Past Programs
 A list of past programs is available here. Many of them you can watch on demand on our YouTube channel.  You can also visit our symposia page to watch past symposium talks on demand.



woman in white hoodie and shorts posing at a subway turnstile
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style

Friday, February 24  10 am–5 pm

Join us for Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style, a fashion symposium hosted by The Museum at FIT and led by the exhibition’s co-curators Elena Romero and Elizabeth Way. The symposium will draw on the expert voices of hip hop style from journalists, designers, and stylists to curators, professors, and archivists who will explore topics that center hip hop fashion as a force that has shaped American culture for five decades. Talks and panels focus on the role of jewelry, custom design, media, collecting, and designer brands in amplifying hip hop’s impact on fashion and society. This symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style (February 8–April 23, 2023).

Image: Kisha, New York City, 2000. Photo courtesy of Jamel Shabazz.


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Fashion Culture Programs


Cover of Food & Fashion
OFF-SITE: Ace Hotel Brooklyn

Melissa Marra, Fabio Parasecoli, and Elizabeth Way

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm 

Join The Museum at FIT's curator of education and research, Melissa Marra-Alvarez, and associate curator of costume, Elizabeth Way, who will speak in conversation with food studies scholar Fabio Parasecoli about their most recent book, Food & Fashion, which examines the influence of food culture through the lens of fashion over the last 250 years. A book signing will follow. This event is organized in collaboration with the Museum of Food and Drink in preparation for the MFIT exhibition, Food & Fashion, slated to open in fall 2023.

Image: Courtesy Bloomsbury


geometric patterned dress by elizabeth hawes
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Lourdes Font, Francesca Granata, and April Calahan

Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30 pm 

Join us for a panel discussion of the life and work of fashion designer and writer Elizabeth Hawes, who is known for her timeless fashion designs and her written critique of the fashion system, such as in her 1940 book Fashion is Spinach. In a conversation moderated by author and podcaster April Calahan, professors and fashion historians Lourdes Font (FIT) and Francesca Granata (The New School) will discuss the importance of Hawes in American fashion.

Image: Elizabeth Hawes, evening dress, silk brocade, c. 1936, USA, gift of Mrs. Dudley Schoales, 69.156.6


Cover of Blancopop, Una Mirada al Estilismo de Moda en México.
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Juan de Dios Ramírez and Alberto Escamilla

Tuesday, March 14 at 5:30 pm

Fashion stylists Juan de Dios Ramírez and Beto Escamilla present the book Blancopop, Una Mirada al Estilismo de Moda en México. This book brings together artists, photographers, and celebrities with whom the duo have collaborated during their 35 years in fashion. Specializing in editorial and celebrity styling, Blancopop have worked closely with Latino/a stars including Kate del Castillo, Cecilia Suárez, and model Mariana Zaragoza, among many others. A book signing will follow the event.

Image: Courtesy of Juan de Dios Ramírez and Alberto Escamilla.


cover of Rebels: From Punk to Dior
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Janette Beckman

Thursday, March 23 at 5:30 pm

Join photographer Janette Beckman as she presents her most recent book, Rebels: From Punk to Dior. A celebrated street photographer, Beckman photographed the legends of hip hop, and other underground scenes, including rappers Salt-n-Pepa wearing Dapper Dan, Slick Rick with his gold chains, LL Cool J wearing his signature Kangol hat, and Run DMC in Adidas. This book showcases the spirit of a generation that made history and continues to influence the world of fashion and the international collective imagination. A book signing will follow the event.

Image: Courtesy of Drago,


pair of metallic high heels
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Shoes A-Z: The Collection of the Museum at FIT

Valerie Steele and Colleen Hill

Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 pm

Join The Museum at FIT director and chief curator, Valerie Steele, and its curator of costume and accessories, Colleen Hill, for a discussion on their new TASCHEN book, Shoes A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT. Hundreds of groundbreaking designs, rare ephemera, and original sketches are presented in the book from the museum's pristinely preserved collection. From gravity-defying heels to demure Chanel pumps, travel through 400 years of footwear history and the lasting cultural impact of the shoe. A book signing will follow the event.

Image: Zaha Hadid for United Nude, metallic vinyl shoes, 2013, France, museum purchase, 2013.83.1

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Cover of Christian Dior: Destiny: The Authorized Biography
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Christian Dior: Destiny in America

Marie-France Pochna

Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 pm

Join author Marie-France Pochna's presentation about her 2021 book, Christian Dior: Destiny. Dior's official biography reveals the secretive and surprising man who revolutionized fashion. The book offers new insight on his spirituality and relationships, as well as a contemporary perspective on his legacy. Marie-France Pochna is an expert on fashion and trends in the luxury market, a professor, and a TV producer. A book signing will follow the event.

Image: Courtesy of Flammarion

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Anna Sui in her apartment
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Anna Sui: Fashion Design and Interior Decoration

Anna Sui and Patricia Mears

Friday, April 28 at 5:30 pm

Fashion designer Anna Sui and MFIT's deputy director Patricia Mears will talk about interior decoration. Best known for her contemporary reimagining of historic textiles and vintage clothing, Sui is also celebrated for her extraordinarily beautiful, self-designed home. Inspired by legendary interior decorators and period styles from Victoriana to Art Nouveau, it is an unsurpassed blend of art, craft, fantasy, comfort, and kitsch.

Photograph by Miguel Flores-Vianna.

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Talk & Tours

Unless otherwise indicated, check-in for all Talk and Tours is in the lobby of The Museum at FIT, in the Shirley Goodman Resource Center located at the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street.

red ensemble with gold accents

Wednesday, March 8 at 11:00 am
Monday, May 1 at 5:30 pm

Designing Women: Fashion Creators and Their Interiors is the first exhibition to explore the connection between fashion and interior design. Approximately 70 garments from The Museum at FIT's permanent collection are on view alongside photographic images of the most compelling interiors created for leading female fashion designers from the 1890s to the 1970s. Featured creators include Jeanne Paquin, Lucile, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Pauline Potter (later Baroness Pauline de Rothschild), and many others.

Image: Anna Sui, kaftan ensemble, polyester and cotton velvet, autumn 2012, USA, gift of Anna Sui, 2022.70.1

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back view of a vibrantly colored 8 ball jacket

Monday, March 6 at 5:30 pm
Wednesday, April 12 at 11:00 am

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop by examining the roots and history of hip hop fashion from its inception to the present time. This exhibition explores themes such as the transition of hip hop from the 'hood to the runway, luxury and designer influence, the impact of hip hop celebrities on the fashion industry, and the growth of hip hop style as an international phenomenon.

Image: Copy of an eight-ball jacket, cotton, 1991, USA, gift of Richard Martin, 91.237.1


back view of a men's kimono style robe in gray, black, silver, orange, and brown color blocks

Wednesday, March 15 at 11:00 am
Monday, March 20 at 5:30 pm

Elizabeth Hawes: Along Her Own Lines revives the legacy of Elizabeth Hawes, a New York designer and writer who was as outspoken as she was innovative. Hawes fought to bring high-quality garments to the masses, and she championed timeless style over passing trends throughout her long career. Using examples of her designs from The Museum at FIT and written materials from FIT's Special Collections and College Archives, the exhibition explores Hawes’ ideas about fashion, dress reform, politics, and hopes for the future.

Image: Elizabeth Hawes, men's kimono-style robe, silk, 1959–1964, USA, gift of Barnes Riznik, 88.65.12


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Fashion Culture Spring 2023 is made possible with the support of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT. The Museum at FIT's programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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