Research at MFIT

Talks + Lectures | Publishing

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.

Valerie Steele standing at podium

Talks + Lectures

Exhibition Talks 

Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse” | Mar 2020 | Patricia Mears

• Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT” | Mar 2019 | Dr. Valerie Steele and Colleen Hill

• Pink: The History of a Color” | Oct 2018 | Dr. Valerie Steele

• "Fashion Unraveled" | Sept 2018 | Colleen Hill

• "The Body: Fashion and Physique" | Feb 2018 | Emma McClendon

• Fashion from the Extreme: The Poles, Highest Peaks, and Beyond” | Oct 2017 | Patricia Mears

• A Queer History of Fashion” | Nov 2013 | Dr. Valerie Steele

Fashion Theory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion History

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

Decades of Denim: A Jean-ealogy | Brooklyn Historical Society webinar (1:15:55), May 2020 | Emma McClendon

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

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

Paris Capital of Fashion | Podcast series, Oct 2019 | Dr. Valerie Steele

Pink: The History of a Color | Pink Symposium (23:35), 2018 | Dr. Valerie Steele

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

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

Space Age Fashion: Looking Back at the Future | Fashion, Science, and Exploration Symposium (17:48), 2017 | Elizabeth Way

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

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

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

Jeans | MoMA talk (7:46), 2016 | Emma McClendon

Art & Fashion | Bilbao International (33:07), 2015 | Dr. Valerie Steele

The Corset — Fashioning the Body | Minneapolis Institute of Art (1:10:42), 2015 | Dr. Valerie Steele

Conservation

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

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

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

MFIT Publishing

Curators and other museum staff conduct extensive original research.

cover of Paris, Capital of Fashion

cover of Power Mode

Ballerina book cover

For a full list of MFIT publications, view this list.