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Annual Fashion and Textile Studies Research Symposium: Clothing as Craft: People, Process, Product

May 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Craft in clothing has been used to solidify communities and identities for millennia, emphasizing tradition, promoting resistance and social change, or purely serving as a structure for creating art. In what ways do clothing and craft converge? From couture’s handwork to homemade everyday clothing, both within the fashion system and in purposeful anti-fashion, clothing provides a canvas for craft expression. The artisan’s time, labor, and even physical body are intimately connected to the final product, prompting questions regarding the extent of handwork necessary to qualify as craft.

In this symposium, students in FIT’s MA program in Fashion and Textile Studies will present papers on a range of historical and contemporary topics, investigating craft objects, makers, and practices. From smocking in 19th-century Dress Reform to 20th-century home-crochet patterns, from couture embroidery by Lesage to punk DIY, these studies will explore the ways in which concepts of artisanship affect our notions of clothing’s value and authenticity.

Organized and presented by students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice Master of Arts program, School of Graduate Studies.

This event is free and open to the public.


May 11, 2019
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Robert Lagary Board Room
Marvin Feldman Center, Ninth Floor, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States


Fashion and Textile Studies
212 217.4300