Research by MFIT

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Talks + Lectures

Research by curators and other Museum at FIT staff is often presented in lectures and panel discussions. Learn about fashion theory and fashion history by exploring this list of past talks by MFIT staff.

"Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties" (21:04) | Feb 2022 | Colleen Hill

"Shoes: The Collection of The Museum at FIT" (15:52) | Dec 2021 | Dr. Valerie Steele and Colleen Hill

"Head to Toe" (27:25) | Dec 2021 | Melissa Marra-Alvarez and Elizabeth Way

"Rose Motifs in the Collection of The Museum at FIT" (26:27) | Apr 2021 | Colleen Hill and Elizabeth Way

"Ballet Fashion" (1:01:16) | National Arts Club | May 2020 | Patricia Mears

"Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse" (23:57) | Mar 2020 | Patricia Mears

"Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT" (30:01) | Mar 2019 | Dr. Valerie Steele and Colleen Hill

"Pink: The History of a Color" (23:36) | Oct 2018 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Fashion from the Extreme: The Poles, Highest Peaks, and Beyond" (17:42) | Oct 2017 | Patricia Mears

"A Queer History of Fashion" (5:13) | Nov 2013 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Tackling Tokenism and Diversity in Our Museum Collections" (1:25:06) | Costume Society of America  | Sept 2020 | Elizabeth Way

"Why Fashion Matters" (45:04) | Rijksmuseum | Nov 2019 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Fashion as Language: The Role of Dress in Culture, History, and the Future: Interview with Dr. Valerie Steele" (47:40) | Forever Fab Podcast | Sept 2019 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Fashioning Identity: Gender" (50:09) | Highsnobiety Podcast | June 2019 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Fashioning Identity" (46:00) | Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University | Mar 2019 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Theory of What? The Present and the Future of Fashion Studies" (1:32:56) | Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia | Dec 2018 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Is Fashion Art" (46:16) | Museum of Modern Art Vienna | 2012 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Spectacle: Fashion on Parade" (19:04) | Fashion in the Nineties MFIT Symposium | Feb 2022 | Patricia Mears

"Accessories 1800-1900" (10:16) | Jul 2021 | Elizabeth Way

"Accessories 1900-2000" (17:54) | Nov 2021 | Melissa Marra-Alvarez

"100 years of Fashion" Part One (19:13) | Jul 2020 | Michelle McVicker

"100 years of Fashion" Part Two (16:18) | Jul 2020 | Michelle McVicker

"Putting on the Ritz: Fashion and the Harlem Renaissance" (1:31:23)| The Harlem School of the Arts conversation | June 2020 | Elizabeth Way

"Comic Clothing in a Cultural Context" (17:00) | Women of Marvel podcast | Feb 2020 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"‘The Traces of Use,’ A Case Study of Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo and the Potentiality of Visibly Worn Dress" (21:47) | Fashion Unraveled Colloquium  | 2018 | Michelle McVicker

"Mexican Rose" (22:13) | Pink Symposium | 2018 | Tanya Melendez

"Paris Fashion: A Cultural History" (45:11) | Fashion Culture talk | 2017 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"From Dressmakers to Designers" (17:18) | Black Fashion Designers Symposium | 2017 | Elizabeth Way

"The Little Black Dress" (1:20) | Valerie Steele | MoMA audio | 2016 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"The Little Black Dress" (10:40) | Valerie Steele | MoMA talk | 2016 | Dr. Valerie Steele

"Ravishing: the Rose in Fashion" (8:54) | Hat conservation | 2021 | Alison Castaneda 

"Hang in There! Fashioning Storage Mounts for Costume" (9:35) | International Mountmakers Forum | 2020 | Ann Coppinger 

"Jeans" (5:52) | Conservation treatment | 2016 | Nicole Bloomfield

"Lanvin dress" (3:53) | Conservation treatment | 2015 | Marjorie Jonas

"Poiret coat" (9:06) | Conservation treatment | 2015 | Nicole Bloomfield

 

MFIT Publishing

Curators and other museum staff conduct extensive original research.

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