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Thursday, Oct 22:

"Subcultural Capitals: London and New York" 

Melissa Marra is the associate curator of education and public programs at MFIT. Melissa was a contributing author to the book Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch.

"Striking a Pose: Remembering London's Fashion and Club Scene in the 1980s" 

Hamish Bowles is the international editor at large for Vogue, where he oversees all interior design features and covers fashion and contemporary culture.

Stephen Jones and Colleen Hill in conversation

Stephen Jones is a milliner whose exquisitely crafted, quixotic hats attract a celebrity clientele that includes Rihanna, Mick Jagger, and Dita Von Teese. Colleen Hill is associate curator of accessories at The Museum at FIT. Her exhibition Fairy Tale Fashion (2016) was one of the most popular shows ever organized by MFIT. This is an edited version of the full talk, which is available on our YouTube channel

Susanne Bartsch and Dr. Valerie Steele in conversation, "Fashion Underground"

Susanne Bartsch has been prominent in New York nightlife since the 1980s. Her penchant for extreme fashion made her name the equivalent of a couture label for party people around the world. Dr. Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT. She has organized more than twenty exhibitions, including Gothic: Dark Glamour and Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch.

Friday, Oct 23:

Zaldy and Dr. Valerie Steele in conversation

Zaldy is a renowned designer who brings the energy of the New York club scene to his work. His work includes stage looks for Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani. This is an edited version of the full talk, which is available for check out at FIT's Gladys Marcus Library.