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Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

January 2020

Spring 2020 Convocation

January 23 at 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

A faculty/staff breakfast reception is followed by announcements and remarks by President of the Faculty Senate Robin Sackin, President Joyce F. Brown, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Giacomo Oliva. This year's program will also feature a presentation by co-founder of Veil Intimates Meghan Marsden, who will speak about the collaborative projects she has undertaken in partnership with members of the faculty, focusing on the creative contributions they have made. Breakfast will be served on the lower level from 8:30 to 9…

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February 2020

A Commemoration of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

February 11 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The Ark of Return, designed by Rodney Leon. The UCE of FIT holds a Black History Month event remembering the transatlantic slave trade. A keynote will be given by architect Rodney Leon, who designed The Ark of Return, a permanent memorial at the United Nations that honors of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, and the African Burial Ground Monument in downtown Manhattan. The event will also feature readings in English, French, and Spanish and African drumming…

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Fashion Culture: Dapper Dan in Conversation with Valerie Steele

February 13 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

With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. In this book, Made in Harlem, Dapper Dan tells his full story for the first time. 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 open to the public.

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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

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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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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Fine Lines: Reclaiming Imperiled Language and Culture—Poet Solmaz Sharif

March 31 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Poet Solmaz Sharif will read from and discuss her groundbreaking book of poems, LOOK (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award. LOOK asks readers to see the ongoing costs of war as the unbearable loss of lives and also the insidious abuses against everyday speech.  A book signing will follow, courtesy of Barnes & Noble at FIT. Solmaz Sharif appears as part of Fine Lines: Reclaiming Imperiled Language and Culture, a grant funded by the FIT Diversity…

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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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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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