New Directions in Fashion Research

new paths in fashion research graphicFriday, April 5, 2024
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

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.

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Speaker Bios | Brochure (PDF) | Reading List (PDF)

 Friday, April 5, 2024
10 am

Welcoming Remarks, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President of FIT

10:05 am

Introduction, Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT

10:15 am

Colleen Hill, "Curating Curiosity: A Practice-led Approach"

10:45 am

Nathalie Khan, “'BE OK' – Affect and Unravel on the Runway” 

11:15 am

Q&A with the audience


10 minute break

11:30 am

Ben Barry, "Transforming Fashion Education: Possibilities and Limits of Equity, Inclusion, and Decolonization"


Hilary Davidson, "Reconstructing the Past: Physical and Digital Paths to Fashion History Futures"

12:30 pm

Q&A with the audience

12:45 – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm

Alphonso McClendon, "Fashioning Black Culture: Beyond the Archives"

3:15 pm

Emillie Hammen, "Archiving the Maisons: Building French Fashion Heritage from the 1980s"


15 minute break

4:00 pm

Patricia Gherovici, "Bodies to Wear"

4:30 pm

Q&A with the audience


New Directions in Fashion Research has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT. Additional support was provided 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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