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Women of the Garment District: Past to Present

March 18 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

vintage photo of a woman at a sewing machine; another black and white photo with rows of sewing machines in an early garment factory

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we will host an event highlighting FIT’s special history with the Garment District, and women’s roles in it. Karen Trivette, Head of Special Collections and Archives at the FIT Library, will moderate a panel that will discuss the past, present, and potential future of the district.

Archival images, contemporary photographs, and documentary footage will illustrate the history of women’s roles in shaping the fashion and apparel industry. Following the program, we will host a reception to continue the conversation among students, alumni, faculty, and friends of the FIT community.


  • Jodie Chan, Global Head of Communications at Carolina Herrera; Executive Producer of Invisible Seams
  • Michelle Feinberg, Owner and Designer at New York Embroidery Studio, FIT Alum
  • Dr. Kyunghee Pyun, Associate Professor, History of Art, FIT School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Dan Levinson Wilk, Professor, Social Science, FIT School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Joy Mao, Textile Artist and Fashion Designer

Moderator: Karen Trivette, Professor, Head of Special Collections and Archives, FIT Library

This event is sponsored by Public Safety and co-hosted by the Campus Anti-Violence Education Group and the FIT Foundation. It is part of FIT’s Women’s History Month activities.

Note: The location for this event has changed to the Lagary Board Room, Ninth Floor, Feldman Center. 

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


March 18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Robert Lagary Board Room
Marvin Feldman Center, Ninth Floor, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States


Campus Anti-Violence Education Group
(212) 217-3800