Dance and Fashion Symposium

Symposium title with an image of two ballet dancers La Source, Opéra National de Paris, October 2011; Choreography: Jean-Guillaume Bart; Costumes: Christian Lacroix; Photograph © Ann Ray.


Thursday, October 23 - Friday, October 24, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, Second Floor

The Museum at FIT's fourteenth annual fashion symposium, Dance and Fashion, explored how dance costume has inspired fashion, and how fashion designers have increasingly been creating dance costumes. Topics included Rei Kawakubo's collaboration with Merce Cunningham and Rick Owens' fashion shows featuring steppers.

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Symposium Schedule

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 thursday, october 23
9 - 10 am Check-in, registration
Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, second floor
10 - 1 pm Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President of FIT, Welcome
Dr. Valerie Steele, "Dance & Fashion"
Wendy Whelan and Narciso Rodriguez, in conversation
Marc Happel, "Fashion at the New York City Ballet" 
1- 2 pm  Lunch Break
2 - 5 pm Lynn Garafola, "Beauty and the Ballerina"
Dr. Adelheid Rasche, "On Dance Fashion and Fashionable Dances:  Remarks on the Berlin Dance Scene During the Weimar Republic"
Patricia Mears, "From Sylph to Swan: The Tutu and Fashion"
Janet Eilber and Melissa Marra, in conversation: "Martha Graham and Modern Dance"


 Friday, october 24
9 - 10 am Check-in and registration
Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, second floor
10 - 1 pm Colleen Hill, "Ballet Shoes: Function, Fashion, and Fetish"
Anna Winestein, "Russia's Icons of Dance"
Katerina Pantelides, "Dancing in the City: Balletic Body Image in 1940s New York"
Dr. Masafumi Monden, "In Praise of Sheer Perfection: Ballet, Clothing, and Japanese Culture"
1- 2 pm   Lunch Break
2 - 5 pm Ann Ray, "Metamorphosis: From the   Dressing Room to the Stage"
Emma McClendon and Banu Ogan, in   conversation, "Merce Cunningham and Rei   Kawakubo’s Scenario"
Elizabeth Way and LeeAnét Noble, in   conversation, "African-American Dance and   Fashion in the 20th Century"
Dr. Mary E. Davis, "Tangomania 1913"
Valeria Solomonoff, tango performance


The Fashion Symposium was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council, The Coby Foundation, and MAC Cosmetics. 

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