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Graduate Studies Invites: What Is Fashion Research?

September 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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For its first New York event, the Fashion Research Network (FRN) has partnered with the FIT’s School of Graduate Studies to ask, “What is fashion research?” This panel discussion and debate will bring together some of the city’s leading fashion scholars to consider a range of current approaches to fashion research. By inviting a diverse group of curators, designers, conservators, and historians to discuss a range of projects, this event aims to examine the varying methodologies that may be used to produce fashion research today.

The Fashion Research Network is a U.K.-based organization that promotes the work of PhD and early career researchers in fashion and dress with the guiding principle that it is only through sharing, discussion and debate that this young discipline can grow. The FRN, committed to interdisciplinary conversations on fashion, is proud to be continuing its mission at FIT, an institution that has shaped the voice of the fashion industry.

Panelists include:

Jonathan KYLE Farmer, professor and chair, Fashion Design MFA, School of Graduate Studies, FIT

Colleen Hill, curator of Costume and Accessories, Museum at FIT

Anna Reynolds, curator of paintings, Royal Collection Trust

Dr. Francesca Granata, assistant professor and director,  Fashion Studies MA, Parsons School of Design

Cassandra Gero, assistant conservator, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The discussion will be moderated by Ellen Sampson and Alexis Romano from FRN.


This event is part of the Graduate Studies Invites series, hosted by FIT’s School of Graduate Studies.

This event is free and open to the public.


Goodman Resource Center, Sixth Floor
Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States


School of Graduate Studies
(212) 217-4300