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Asian Americans in New York Fashion: A Conversation with Mary Ping and Christina Moon

March 10, 2022 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Asian American women sitting at sewing machines
“Chinese Garment Workers at East Broadway Factory” by Harvey Wang, New York City, circa 1980. Photo courtesy of Harvey Wang.

Join designer Mary Ping and scholar Christina Moon as they discuss the contributions of Asian Americans in the New York fashion industry. The event has been organized by students in FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies MA program in conjunction with the exhibition Asian Americans in New York Fashion: Design, Labor, Innovation on view at The Museum at FIT March 2–27

Mary Ping is a New York based designer with an art background from Vassar College. In 2001, she launched her eponymous collection. Her conceptual line, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, followed in 2002. She is a 2020 United States Artist Award recipient and winner of the 2017 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum at FIT in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the RISD Museum, Deste Foundation in Greece, and the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Christina H. Moon is a fashion studies scholar and anthropologist in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design, The New School. Her research looks at the social ties and cultural encounters between design worlds and manufacturing landscapes across Asia and the Americas, exploring the memory, migration, and labor of cultural workers. She writes on fashion, design and labor, material culture, social memory, the ephemeral and everyday, and ways of knowing and representing in ethnographic practice. 

This virtual event is free and open to the public; REGISTER HERE.