Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor
Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse will be The Museum at FIT’s 23rd academic symposium. The one-day event will explore the ways in which twentieth-century ballerinas and their glamorous, romantic costumes profoundly inspired modern fashion.
Speakers will include Lynn Garafola, professor emeritus of Columbia University; Laura Jacobs, dance and fashion critic; Jane Pritchard, curator of dance at the Victoria and Albert Museum; and Patricia Mears, deputy director of MFIT and curator of Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse.
Please note that seating will be on a first come, first served basis, with RSVP. If you require accommodations due to a disability, email [email protected] to discuss your needs. Please allow enough advance notice to adequately honor your request.
Patricia Mears, “Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse”
Laura Jacobs, “Crown Jewels: Reflections on the Ballerina”
Caitlyn Lehmann, “Turbans, Tulle and Taglioni’s Influence on Fashion, 1830–45”
Jane Pritchard, “Sylphs, Snowflakes and Soldiers: Fashionable Costumes for the Ballet Dancer in the Late Nineteenth Century”
Lynn Garafola, “Anna Pavlova: A Ballerina of Taste”
Rosemary Harden, “Enter the Ballerina: Margot Fonteyn and Fashion, 1930s–1960s”
Russ Tallchief, “The Five Moons: Oklahoma’s Native American Ballerinas”
Joel Lobenthal, “Dryads of 55th Street”
Theresa Ruth Howard, “Dark Muse: Balanchine and Blackness”
Marc Happel, “Bridging the Gap: Navigating the Worlds of Fashion and Ballet Costume Design”
Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support was provided by the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Gainsborough Bath Spa.