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October 2019

Exhibition: Reflections — Closes

October 26
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

September 14–October 26 Gallery FIT Reflections is an exhibition featuring work by 10 student artists from the Photography and Fine Arts departments of FIT’s School of Art and Design. Under the guidance of Professor Curtis Willocks, the students put together an exhibition of photography, drawing, and mixed media collage. Reflections offers the visitor a look at artistic explorations and interpretations of summertime thoughts and experiences. This exhibition is free and open to the public. 

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Fashion Culture: Taping of ‘Person Place Thing’ Broadcast with Valerie Steele

October 29 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haft Theater, Marvin Feldman Center
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Randy Cohen, creator of the public radio program Person Place Thing, says his guests are at their most engaging when they talk about whatever they find most meaningful. In an interview to be recorded for broadcast, Cohen will ask Museum at FIT Director Valerie Steele about her own most memorable person, place, and thing. There will be live musical accompaniment. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is open to the…

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November 2019

Fashion Culture: Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion

November 14 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Join Zandra Rhodes and Fern Mallis as they present Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion, a book that celebrates Rhodes' 50-year career in fashion and textile design. Both a fashion trailblazer and a consummate textile designer, Zandra Rhodes has influenced the work of contemporary labels such as Mary Katrantzou and Alice Temperley. The book honors the centrality of textile design in Rhodes’s work, while exploring the versatility of her imagination throughout her long career. A book signing will follow. All Fashion Culture events are free, but…

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Exhibition: Minimalism/Maximalism — Closes

November 16
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, dress, spring/summer 2014, Madrid, gift of Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. May 28–November 16, 2019  Fashion is a world of extremes, where sartorial expression ranges from minimalist to maximalist aesthetics. Some designers may identify almost exclusively with one over the other; Calvin Klein, for instance, was known for fashion minimalism. However, the cyclical nature of fashion moves us through design periods alternately dominated by a minimalist or maximalist aesthetic, reaffirming Isaac Newton’s third law of…

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Fashion Culture: Building Community Through Fashion in Harlem

November 19 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Mikaila Brown. Photograph by Federica Carlet. Join fashion anthropologist Mikaila Brown, PhD, for a discussion of gentrification, fashion, and the changing landscape of New York. Speaking with the owners of some of the longest standing boutiques in Harlem, Dr. Brown will explore how changing neighbor dynamics affect their experience as small business owners, fashion innovators, and community members. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is open to the public. 

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December 2019

Fashion Culture: China Chic: Orientalist Orientations in Western Performing Arts

December 3 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Kyle Davis in The Nutcracker. Photo by Beau Pearson. Phil Chan is co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, a movement for change in the ballet community of stereotypes of Asians. From The Nutcracker to Crazy Rich Asians, Chan approaches issues of race and representation by exploring “cultural appropriation” through the lens of dance history—where he finds many parallels to fashion and costuming. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is open to the…

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Fashion Culture: John Galliano for Dior

December 4 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Join André Leon Talley and Valerie Steele as they discuss John Galliano for Dior (Thames & Hudson), the new book showcasing John Galliano’s creations for the House of Dior, captured in inspiring images by celebrated photographer Robert Fairer. The unforgettable designs, which have become collectors’ items and form a key chapter in the history of the House of Dior, are widely recognized as some of the most breathtaking and imaginative collections ever created. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online…

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Exhibition: Power Mode: The Force of Fashion — Opens

December 10
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean-Raymond, jacket, fall 2015, USA, gift of Pyer Moss. December 10, 2019–May 9, 2020  Power is part identity, part behavior, and part physicality. The way we outfit ourselves can play an outsized role in conveying power to others—whether it be the pink “pussy hats” at the 2017 Women’s March or the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coordinated Thom Browne suits during the 2018 NBA playoffs. However, power is not easily defined. It is political position and economic status, but…

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January 2020

Exhibition: Paris, Capital of Fashion — Closes

January 4, 2020
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

John Galliano, ensemble, spring/summer 1992, England, museum purchase. September 6, 2019–January 4, 2020  Paris, Capital of Fashion will explore how and why Paris became the international capital of fashion. It will feature approximately 75 fashion ensembles, dating from the 18th century to the present, as well as accessories. Curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, this major exhibition will be accompanied by a book and symposium. The introductory gallery will place Paris within the global fashion system.…

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February 2020

Exhibition: Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse — Opens

February 7, 2020
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Charles James ballgown, silk chiffon, satin, netting, and boning, 1954-1955, USA, gift of Robert Wells in memory of Lisa Kirk. February 7–April 18, 2020  Ballet took its place in the western pantheon of modern high culture during the interwar years of the twentieth century. The ballerina, the form’s most celebrated practitioner, blossomed into a revered figure of beauty and glamour, and her signature costume—the corseted tutu—inspired many of fashion’s leading designers. Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse will illustrate the influence of classical ballet and…

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April 2020

Exhibition: Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse — Closes

April 18, 2020
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Charles James ballgown, silk chiffon, satin, netting, and boning, 1954-1955, USA, gift of Robert Wells in memory of Lisa Kirk. February 7–April 18, 2020  Ballet took its place in the western pantheon of modern high culture during the interwar years of the twentieth century. The ballerina, the form’s most celebrated practitioner, blossomed into a revered figure of beauty and glamour, and her signature costume—the corseted tutu—inspired many of fashion’s leading designers. Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse will illustrate the influence of classical ballet and…

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May 2020

Exhibition: Power Mode — Closes

May 9, 2020
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean-Raymond, jacket, fall 2015, USA, gift of Pyer Moss. December 10, 2019–May 9, 2020  Power is part identity, part behavior, and part physicality. The way we outfit ourselves can play an outsized role in conveying power to others—whether it be the pink “pussy hats” at the 2017 Women’s March or the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coordinated Thom Browne suits during the 2018 NBA playoffs. However, power is not easily defined. It is political position and economic status, but…

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