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Special Events and Projects

Special Events

Fitted black dress with crane and leaf pattern with a brown fur shrug

Online: Human Stories of Dress: The Qipao

February 11 at 1 pm EST
Sartorial Society

MFIT’s Education Assistant Faith Cooper explores the history of the qipao and Western sexualized stereotypes associated with the garment as part of a free digital seminar of the Sartorial Society.

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Julia y Renata: Fashion and Transformation brochure cover

Julia y Renata: Fashion and Transformation

Closes February 14, 2021
Zapopan, Mexico

The exhibition Julia y Renata: Fashion and Transformation celebrates the career of sisters Julia and Renata Franco, who helm their homonymous brand. Established in 1993, Julia y Renata is one of the most resilient and influential brands in Mexico. The exhibition is organized in three sections that explore concepts essential to the brand: form, materiality, and transformation. It surveys recurring themes for the Franco sisters including duality, abstraction, geometry, and color, as well as construction techniques such as pleating, draping, and deconstructing.

Additionally, this exhibition highlights the design duo’s synergies with other local designers from Guadalajara, where they are based. Julia y Renata have devoted their careers to questioning traditional notions of what we understand as fashion. As designers, business women, and style icons, the Franco sisters are Mexican trailblazers, who have created a space for femininity underpinned by reason, sensual pleasure, and self-determination.

Tanya Melendez-Escalante, senior curator of education and public programs at The Museum at FIT, was guest curator of Julia y Renata: Fashion and Transformation. She holds an MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a Fulbright scholar from 2002-2004 and her BA thesis was awarded best museography thesis in Mexico in 2000. Her research focuses on Mexican fashion. 

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Past Projects

jeffrey banks and guest holding a copy of norell: dean of american fashion book

In celebration of The Museum at FIT’s 50th anniversary in 2019, we gathered and shared stories of visitors’ favorite MFIT exhibitions, events, and experiences.

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Wearing Memories Call for Contributors

Wearing Memories
In conjunction with the exhibition Fashion Unraveled, The Museum at FIT invited the public to help tell the story of clothes. 

Learn more about the project.