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Fashion Culture Online Event: Black Designers in American Fashion: From Enslaved Makers to Streetwear 

September 30, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

1875 photo of black woman dressed in formalwear
“Studio portrait of woman wearing hat and gloves and dress with bustle,” circa 1875. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library.

Katie Knowles, Darnell Jamal Lisby, Kristen E. Stewart, and Elizabeth Way

Join MFIT Assistant Curator Elizabeth Way, editor of the book Black Designers in American Fashion (Bloomsbury, 2021), and authors Kristen E. Stewart, Katie Knowles, and Darnell Jamal Lisby for a panel discussion on the significance of Black American fashion makers from the nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Black designers have always impacted American fashion culture, and these scholars’ works reveal their erased histories.

About Fashion Culture Programs

The Museum at FIT’s fall Fashion Culture programs are offered online. All programs will premiere on the museum’s YouTube channel at 6 pm on the designated day. Please subscribe to the channel for information about future events.

This event is free and open to the public; register for the event here


The Museum at FIT
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