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September 2019

Exhibition: Paris, Capital of Fashion — Opens

September 6
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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Fashion Culture: The Venezuelan Diaspora and Fashion

September 17 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

Yliana Yepez at The Museum at FIT Latin American Fashion event in 2014. Three New York-based Venezuelan expats—Maria Eugenia Escovar, from Chanel jewelry public relations; Monica Sordo, jewelry designer; and Yliana Yepez, a luxury handbag designer—will discuss Venezuela’s fashion industry amidst political turmoil. 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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Fashion Culture: Work! A Queer History of Modeling

September 25 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

Cover of Work! A Queer History of Modeling. Dress by Pauline Trigère. Photograph by Richard Avedon. Join Elspeth H. Brown for a presentation of her book Work!, an out-of-the-ordinary history of 20th-century American culture and capitalism. Brown tells the largely unknown story of queer models and photographers, showing how queer sensibilities shaped the commercialized sexuality that’s at the center of consumer capitalism. A book signing will follow. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected]

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October 2019

Fashion Culture: ‘Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution’ Film Screening

October 10 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

Still from Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. Courtesy of Deborah Riley Draper. Join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. The film recounts the 1973 “Battle of Versailles” fashion face-off between American and French designers at Chateau de Versailles that catapulted African American models onto the European stage and made a name for American designers overseas. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is…

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Fashion Culture: Technology and the Future of Fashion

October 16 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

Veronica Webb, courtesy of Veronica Webb. Join model Veronica Webb and Rory Tahari, CEO and founder of State of Mind Partners, for a panel discussion on the future of fashion and the impact of digital technology. Drawing on their decades of fashion experience, Webb and Tahari will address blogging, online/mobile shopping, and innovative manufacturing methods, such as 3D printing and robotic sewing. 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…

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Fashion Symposium: Paris, Capital of Fashion

October 18 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Haft Theater, Marvin Feldman Center
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Small Landmarks: Reflecting, 1995, © David LaChapelle. Paris, Capital of Fashion will be The Museum at FIT’s 22nd academic symposium. The one-day event will explore what it means for a city to be deemed a “fashion capital” and why Paris is generally considered the most prestigious and competitive fashion capital in the world. Speakers will include Miren Arzalluz, director, the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris; Christopher Breward, director of collection and research, National Galleries of…

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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

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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Exhibition: Power Mode — 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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