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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. 
Other venues can be found on FIT's Campus Map (select individual buildings for more details).

Fashion Culture Programs


book cover of "Mondrian's Dress" featuring a black and white photo of a woman wearing a geometric dress with a pop of red
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Mondrian's Dress

Ann Marguerite Tartsinis, Nancy J. Troy, Colleen Hill
Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 pm 

Nancy J. Troy and Ann Marguerite Tartsinis, in conversation with MFIT Curator of Costume and Accessories Colleen Hill, will discuss Yves Saint Laurent’s wildly popular 1965 Mondrian dress series. They will examine the significance of these designs for the French couturier’s career, their impact on Mondrian’s posthumous reception, and how they resonate with the art of Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, and Andy Warhol. A book signing will follow the event.

Book cover of Mondrian's Dress: Yves Saint Laurent, Piet Mondrian, and Pop Art


gray and navy head piece with a large bow on a mannequin head
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Parts of Fashion: Curating in Focus

Colleen Hill, Sarah Byrd, Hilary Davidson, and Claire Calvert
Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 pm

Join us for a panel discussion that brings together two MFIT exhibitions: Statement Sleeves curated by MFIT Curator of Costume and Accessories Colleen Hill, and Untying the Bow, organized by students in FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies master’s degree program. Hill will be in conversation with FIT faculty member Sarah Byrd and graduate student Claire Calvert as they discuss the issues and processes of exhibitions that are focused on one part of a garment, such as sleeves, pockets, or bows. The panel will be moderated by Hilary Davidson, chair of Fashion and Textile Studies.

Lilly Daché, straw hat, c 1937, USA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Byron S. Miller, Jr., and Gail Hart Miller, 95.103.88


book cover of "Moda Hoy" featuring a woman in a green dress against a blue-orange sky with clouds
John E. Reeves Great Hall

Latinx Networking Event

Thursday, April 11, 5:30–7 pm

We invite you to an evening of socializing and career building. It will start with a panel discussion with fashion professionals of Latin American heritage who will share stories about their experiences in fashion, followed by a reception to network with presenters and other attendees. Refreshments will be served. This event, organized as collaboration of The Museum at FIT with the Social Justice Center at FIT and is funded by the college’s Diversity Collective, is open to the FIT community and industry professionals.

Read speaker bios

Book cover of Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today ¡Moda Hoy! Courtesy of Bloomsbury.





"New directions in fashion research"

New Directions in Fashion Research

Friday, April 5, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

The Museum at FIT’s 31st symposium, New Directions in Fashion Research, will focus on new avenues of study in the interdisciplinary field of fashion. Scholars, curators, and collectors will explore topics such as practice-based research, collecting practices, theories and methodologies, and the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in fashion education.




Talk and Tours

Check-in for talk and tours in the lobby of The Museum at FIT

black wool dress with a high neckline and cream colored tiered ruffle sleeves

Statement Sleeves

Monday, April 22, 5:30 pm SOLD OUT

Statement Sleeves takes an original approach to the history of fashion. The selected garments date from the eighteenth century to the present, but they are not presented chronologically. They are instead organized by type. Following an introduction to basic sleeve shapes—from gigot to raglan—visitors will encounter the myriad ways in which designers have reinterpreted and remixed sleeves through variations in material, shape, embellishment, and even functionality. More than 60 styles, all from the museum’s permanent collection, emphasize how sleeves hold the power to define a look—in both the past and present.

Image: Rudi Gerneich, black and cream wool dress, c. 1967, USA, gift of Ruth Ford, 86.136.10.

white dress with yellow polka dots and a large bow on the bust

Untying the Bow

Monday, March 4, 5:30 pm SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 20, 11 am SOLD OUT

This exhibition explores the utility and symbolism of bows and their enduring relevance in fashion. Historically, bows have reflected shifting ideas about status and gender. Untying the Bow invites visitors to discover the hidden narratives and cultural expressions behind bows’ shifting presentations and placement. Far from being mere decorations or fasteners, bows are iconic elements of fashion. This exhibition is organized by students in the Fashion and Textiles Studies MA program at FIT.

Image: Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, evening dress, spring/summer 2014, Spain, gift of Àgatha Ruiz de la Prada, 2014.44.1.


The public is always welcome at The Museum at FIT and our programming is always free.

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Fashion Culture spring 2024 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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