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February 2020

Fashion Culture: Dressing Barbie

February 25 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Courtesy of HarperCollins. In this book presentation, Carol Spencer will share the history of the Barbie doll, and how it evolved to become an American icon. Spencer held a design position at Mattel during a time when technology and marketing changed rapidly. She will discuss her designs for Barbie spanning four decades. Book signing to follow the presentation. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to…

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Fashion Culture: Pioneering African American Ballerinas

February 27 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Balmain, brown and beige net evening gown, circa 1956. The Museum at FIT, 84.125.5. Gift of Mrs. F. Leval. Join four pioneering African American ballerinas as they discuss their groundbreaking careers and their paths to national and international stardom.The panel includes: Virginia Johnson, prima ballerina and current director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH); Lydia Abarca, first prima ballerina of DTH; Debra Austin, first ever African American ballerina with New York City Ballet (NYCB) and principal ballerina with the…

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March 2020

Exhibition: Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue — Opens

March 3
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Halston, evening gown, 1972, USA, gift of Lauren Bacall, 74.107.30. March 3–28, 2020 Gallery FIT As the “original fashion publicist,” Eleanor Lambert was a defining character of 20th century American fashion. Over her 75-year career, Lambert helped establish a number of organizations and initiatives that shaped the American fashion landscape, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the International Best Dressed List, the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award, and Press Week, which evolved into the current New York Fashion Week.…

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Fashion Culture: The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story

March 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

Courtesy of Rizzoli. Join journalist and author Amy Fine Collins as she presents her latest book, The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story. Fine Collins will discuss how the “Best-Dressed List” is reflective of current society. Organized in collaboration with FIT’s School of Graduate Studies, this is a tie-in to the exhibition Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue. Book signing to follow the presentation. 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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Ballerina Symposium

March 6 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Haft Theater, Marvin Feldman Center
New York City, NY 10001 United States

NYCB ballerina Lauren Lovette in Behnaz Sarafpour’s 2003 tulle and brocaded evening dress. Photograph by Isabel Magowan. Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse will be The Museum at FIT’s 23rd academic symposium. The one-day event will explore the ways in which twentieth-century ballerinas and their glamorous, romantic costumes profoundly inspired modern fashion. Speakers will include Lynn Garafola, professor emeritus of Columbia University; Laura Jacobs, dance and fashion critic; Jane Pritchard, curator of dance at the Victoria and Albert Museum; and Patricia Mears, deputy…

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Fashion Culture: Suits, Power, and Gender

March 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

Emma McClendon. Join Power Mode curator Emma McClendon for a discussion with Harvard scholar Chloe Chapin about the suit, gender, and “power dressing.” Drawing on the recent resurgence of the suit in fashion, they will consider the history and endurance of this enigmatic ensemble. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to the public. 

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Fashion Culture: Jeffrey Gibson and Korina Emmerich in Conversation

March 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

Korina Emmerich photographed by Jonathan Nesteruk. Jeffrey Gibson and Korina Emmerich will discuss Native American fashion design. Gibson is an award-winning Choctaw-Cherokee artist, whose work combines traditional Native American elements with contemporary references. Emmerich is the founder of EMME, a fashion brand, which reflects her indigenous heritage stemming from the Coast Salish territory, Puyallup tribe. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to the public. 

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Fashion Culture: Prabal Gurung in Conversation with Valerie Steele

March 18 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Prabal Gurung photographed by Joanna Totolici. Fashion designer Prabal Gurung and Museum at FIT Director Valerie Steele will discuss his innovative and international career. With over 80 percent of his collections made in New York, Gurung is committed to sustaining domestic employment, income, and production. His family’s Shikshya Foundation Nepal provides education to children to impact his country’s future. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open…

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Fashion Culture: Blacks in Ballet: The Shadow World

March 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

Courtesy of Theresa Ruth Howard. Join Theresa Ruth Howard for an enlightening lecture documenting the history of black people in ballet. A former ballerina, Howard is now a writer, lecturer, and consultant. She is also the founder and curator of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet.org), a website filled with the biographies of nearly 500 dancers of color. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to…

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Fashion Culture: The Red Shoes (1948) Film Screening

March 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

Image courtesy of Park Circus/MGM Studios. Lauded as the greatest ballet movie ever made, The Red Shoes (1948) is a compelling story of a young ballerina who must choose between her career and love. The film is enriched with extraordinary dance sequences and opulent cinematography. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to the public. 

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Exhibition: Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue — Closes

March 28
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Halston, evening gown, 1972, USA, gift of Lauren Bacall, 74.107.30. March 3–28, 2020 Gallery FIT As the “original fashion publicist,” Eleanor Lambert was a defining character of 20th century American fashion. Over her 75-year career, Lambert helped establish a number of organizations and initiatives that shaped the American fashion landscape, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the International Best Dressed List, the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award, and Press Week, which evolved into the current New York Fashion Week.…

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April 2020

Fashion Culture: Fashion and Political Power

April 2 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

Robin Givhan photographed by Helayne Seidman. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Robin Givhan will discuss the current relationship between fashion, politics, and power. Drawing on her experience as fashion critic for The Washington Post, Givhan will address such potent sartorial symbols as the MAGA hat, the Pussyhat, and the white suit. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to the public.

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Fashion Culture: Fashion Victims: Dressing Up the Death Drive

April 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

Juergen Teller’s Nackt auf Sigmund Freuds Couch (Naked on Sigmund Freud’s Couch) (2006). If looks can kill, who is the victim in fashion? Scholars Patricia Gherovici and Jamieson Webster will engage in psychoanalytic readings of fashion. They will analyze fashion impulses from the phallic charm of Gucci to the suicide of Alexander McQueen, from the invention of new fads to fashion as art or creation as understood in the Lacanian notion of sinthome. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register…

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Exhibition: Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse — Closes

April 18
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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Fashion Culture: Stefano Tonchi and Grazia D’Annunzio in Conversation About Power in Fashion

April 21 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haft Theater, Marvin Feldman Center
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Grazia d’Annunzio at the Paris, Capital of Fashion symposium at The Museum at FIT. Join Stefano Tonchi, former editor-in-chief of W Magazine, and former deputy director of Vogue Italia Grazia d’Annunzio as they discuss the power of military uniforms and their influence on high fashion. Tonchi is co-author of the book Uniform: Order and Disorder. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to the public.

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Fashion Culture: Creative Entrepreneurship: How to Build an Ethical Impact Brand

April 23 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

Erika Massaquoi photographed by Dorothée Brand. Join designer and curator Erika Dalya Massaquoi, PhD, for a discussion of how she built a fashion brand, The OULA Company, that reflects the ethical motivations that are important to contemporary consumers. Massaquoi will discuss economic development, sustainability, and black fashion activism. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to the public.

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May 2020

Fashion Culture: Dress Your Best Life

May 5 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

Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company. The author is an adjunct faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology who has been dubbed “the dress doctor” by The New York Times. In the book, Karen breaks down the psychology behind fashion for readers ready to harness its potential. A book signing will follow the event. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585, or email [email protected] This event is free and open to the public.

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Exhibition: Power Mode — Closes

May 9
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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Exhibition: Head to Toe — Opens

May 26
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, silk evening pumps and clutch, 1955-1959, France, gift of Arthur Schwartz. 79.169.6. May 26–November 21, 2020  Fashion and Textile History Gallery Head to Toe will explore approximately 200 years of women’s dress from 1800 to the early 21st century through the lens of accessories. Often the focus of fashion exhibitions are garments; however, accessories are integral components of the full ensemble and are important in communicating vital messages about the wearer. Over time accessories have become powerful tools…

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September 2020

Exhibition: Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion — Opens

September 10
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Charles James, debutante dress, 1937, USA, Gift of Mrs. John Hammond, 77.89.3. September 10, 2020–January 9, 2021 Special Exhibitions Gallery Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion presents the first socio-cultural examination of the rose in fashion. This flower can be dated back over 3 million years, and its broad geographic sweep is entwined with stories of trade, immigration, politics, religion, gender, food, beauty, and identity. It has been worshipped and reviled, and it is inextricably linked to perceptions of love. Not surprisingly, this…

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November 2020

Exhibition: Head to Toe — Closes

November 21
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, silk evening pumps and clutch, 1955-1959, France, gift of Arthur Schwartz. 79.169.6. May 26–November 21, 2020  Fashion and Textile History Gallery Head to Toe will explore approximately 200 years of women’s dress from 1800 to the early 21st century through the lens of accessories. Often the focus of fashion exhibitions are garments; however, accessories are integral components of the full ensemble and are important in communicating vital messages about the wearer. Over time accessories have become powerful tools…

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January 2021

Exhibition: Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion — Closes

January 9, 2021
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Charles James, debutante dress, 1937, USA, Gift of Mrs. John Hammond, 77.89.3. September 10, 2020–January 9, 2021 Special Exhibitions Gallery Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion presents the first socio-cultural examination of the rose in fashion. This flower can be dated back over 3 million years, and its broad geographic sweep is entwined with stories of trade, immigration, politics, religion, gender, food, beauty, and identity. It has been worshipped and reviled, and it is inextricably linked to perceptions of love. Not surprisingly, this…

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