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Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

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

September 2018

Fashion Culture: The History of Pink with Valerie Steele

September 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Photo: Cover of Pink: A Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, courtesy of Thames & Hudson. Photograph by Nick Knight. Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator at MFIT, will serve as honorary president of the International Society for Cultural History’s 2018 conference. To open the conference, Dr. Steele will discuss her exhibition and book Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color. A book signing will follow the presentation. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212)…

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Fashion Culture: ‘What Is Caribbean Fashion?’ with Nikhol Hing, Janice Lawrence-Clarke, and Richard Young

September 18, 2018 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 ARITA Worldwide. Designer: K2K Alliance. Gary Jordan Photography. Join Janice Lawrence-Clarke, president and creative director of Caribbean American Fashion Exchange (CAFÉ); reality TV star, designer, and FIT graduate Nikhol Hing; and stylist and production designer Richard Young for a journey beyond the colors, mood, and music of Caribbean culture to the heart of Caribbean fashion, its identity, and its aesthetic. 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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Jillian Mercado: The Most Beautiful Thing Is Confidence

September 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Photo via IMG Models. A trailblazer as one of the few fashion models in the industry with a physical disability, as well as a proud New Yorker of Dominican ancestry, FIT alumna Jillian Mercado shares her experiences appearing in campaigns for Beyoncé, Diesel, and Target and on the covers of major magazines as well as in social media. This event is sponsored by the Office of International Student Services. This event is open to the public.

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Talking Trade at FIT Lecture: A Day in the Life of a President

September 26, 2018 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Ida Simonsen. Image via WorldRedeye. Steven Frumkin, dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, will present Ida Simonsen, president of Stella McCartney (Americas), at this event, which is part of the International Trade and Marketing Talking Trade at FIT series. Simonsen will share her experiences through the lens on a day in the life of the president of one of the most successful international and ethical fashion businesses, and discuss how she began her career and…

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“Fashion Unraveled” Colloquium: Memory, Wear, and Imperfection in Dress

September 29, 2018 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Inspired by the MFIT exhibition Fashion Unraveled and organized by MFIT and the Fashion Research Network, this one-day colloquium explores the concepts of memory, wear, and imperfection in fashion. Speakers will focus on imperfect garments and the significance of dressing as a habitual, intimate, and ephemeral act. 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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October 2018

A Conversation About Human Trafficking

October 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The Campus Anti-Violence Education Group hosts a session on human trafficking, a human rights issue that impacts a number of U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals including Goal No. 5: Gender Equality, and Goal No. 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Featured panelists will provide an overview of what is happening with forced labor, sex trafficking, and related issues and how they intersect with the industries related to FIT majors. Find out more about this event at fitnyc.edu/humantrafficking. Thanks to the student leaders from FIT’s student…

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Fashion Culture: ‘Proust’s Duchess’ with Caroline Weber

October 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Cover of Proust’s Duchess, courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf. Author Caroline Weber takes us into the daily lives of three women who were superstars of fin-de-siècle Parisian high society, “paragons of elegance, nobility, and style.” Behind the glamour, they endured loneliness, rigid social rules, and loveless marriages, yet inspired novelist Marcel Proust to heights of literary achievement. A book signing will 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…

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C Future Conference

October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Linda Wells. Image via NYTimes.com. Photo by Joel Barhamand for The New York Times. The FIT Foundation sponsors the C Future Conference, an immersive conference organized by College Fashionista featuring talks from leaders in the fashion, beauty, media, and tech industries—an event for honest and diverse career advice to help guide students' professional journey. Students who are interested in business, journalism, and/or fashion will find the conference particularly helpful. 9:15 am Doors open 10–11 am KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Linda Wells, Founder, Flesh…

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Dean’s Forum: The Business of Modest Wear

October 10, 2018 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

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology presents a Fall 2018 Dean's Forum. Modest wear has gained in popularity with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women thirsty for stylish clothes that satisfy their religious preferences and for women with a preference for wearing less skin-revealing clothes. The audience will hear from modest wear industry professionals Lisa Vogl, director of Verona’s Collection, which is sold on Macys.com and through her store in Orlando, Fla.; Nailah Lymus, CEO of Underwraps,…

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Seeing Light: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Lighting Design

October 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The Interior Design Department will hold an evening lecture and demonstration of the physical properties of light. The lecture and demonstration will be presented by Cindy Limauro, professor of Lighting Design at Carnegie Mellon University, and Christopher Popowich, principal designer at C & C Lighting. The lecture is sponsored by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York DLFNY. This event is open to the public. 

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The Art Market and Money Laundering: A Symposium

October 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The Art Market Studies MA program at the School of Graduate Studies holds a symposium titled "The Art Market and Money Laundering." The symposium brings together notable experts from law enforcement, the art industry, academia, and financial crimes compliance to engage in a robust discussion on the current state of the art market and laundering and how more effectively to uncover, deter, and punish laundering while minimizing costs to the industry. The art market is notoriously opaque and unregulated, which makes it particularly vulnerable to this kind of illicit activity.…

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Love Your Library Event: The Past, Present, and Future of American Free Speech

October 23, 2018 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

Authors Amy Werbel (Lust on Trial) and Nadine Strossen (Hate) reflect on what past American experience suggests about the future of free speech in our nation. Moderated by Daniel Levinson-Wilk. Daniel Levinson-Wilk is associate professor of American History at FIT. Amy Werbel is associate professor of the history of Art at FIT. Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and immediate past president of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008). This…

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Presidential Scholars Colloquium and the School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Forum: Beethoven on 27th

October 24, 2018 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

School of Liberal Arts and the Presidential Scholars Program presents Fashion Design student Allison "Fern" Clausius accompanied by Vice President of Academic Affairs Jack Oliva performing Beethoven's "Spring Sonata," Op. 24., at the Fall 2018 Dean's Forum. With music as a dynamic part of their diverse backgrounds, the violinist and pianist have worked to integrate music into their daily lives. Studying a spirited duet by a Classical and Romantic era composer, each learned more about collaborating with the other to…

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Photo Talks: David Hilliard

October 25, 2018 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

David Hilliard is the guest lecturer for the fall 2018 installment of the Photography and Related Media department's lecture series Photo Talks. “I continually aspire to represent the spaces we inhabit, relationships we create, and the objects with which we surround ourselves. I hope the messages the photographs deliver speak to the personal as well as the universal experience. I find the enduring power and the sheer ability of a photograph to express a thought, a moment, or an idea,…

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Lawrence Israel Lecture: Annabelle Selldorf

October 29, 2018 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

Annabelle Selldorf, via selldorf.com. Photo by Christopher Sturman. The Interior Design Department honors designer Annabelle Selldorf with its 2018 Lawrence Israel Prize. Her firm, Selldorf Architects, has designed such buildings as the Frick Collection's expansion and enhancement and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Fashion Culture: ‘Worn in New York’ with Emily Spivack

October 30, 2018 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

New York Times bestselling author Emily Spivack presents Worn in New York, a contemporary cultural history of well-loved clothes and the people who wore them. Contributors in and out of the public eye share personal, wild, poignant, funny stories about the clothes that are part of their New York lives. A book signing will 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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November 2018

Redressing the Body: A Panel Discussion and Fashion Showcase

November 2, 2018 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

As part of the Reimagine End of Life Week series of events, the Fashion Design MFA program hosts a discussion on burial garments. Burial rituals vary significantly from culture to culture around the world, but most involve dressing or covering the body with cloth or adorning it with jewels and paint. In this panel, fashion designers and academics will discuss personal or cultural rituals of dressing the body to memorialize the deceased and allow a respectful passage from life. Join…

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Panel Discussion and Book Signing: Spritzing to Success with the Woman Who Brought an Industry to Its Senses

November 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing department presents a panel discussion, book signing, and reception with fragrance industry leader Annette Green to celebrate her new book, Spritzing to Success with the Woman Who Brought an Industry to Its Senses. President Joyce F. Brown will give welcoming remarks. Panelists: Annette Green, author, Spritzing to Success, and president emeritus, The Fragrance Foundation Edie Weiner, president and founder, The Future Hunters Alexandra Samuel Henrie, senior creative technologist, Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Brand Unit at Google Iola Killian,…

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Creative Approaches Lecture: Photographer Matthew Morrocco

November 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

From Morrocco's Complicit series. The Photography department course PH 141: Creative Approaches presents photographer Matthew Morrocco speaking on his work. Creative Approaches in Photography is a course that stimulates students’ creativity through exploration of journaling, brainstorming, and lateral thinking. Guest speakers challenge students to question where ideas originate, and how they can be expanded. They are introduced to a wide range of artists from diverse fields through guest lectures, field trips, and film screenings. This event is free and open…

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Making Your Breaks in Fine Jewelry: Digital Edition

November 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Your first step into the business of fine jewelry may be as simple as designing your engagement ring, while others have a long held dream of a place in the world of couture jewelry as a successful designer or gallerist. Discover how the playing field has changed in the fine jewelry business where the road to success has been re-routed in the age of digital media. Presenting success stories and cautionary tales, a panel of distinguished industry personalities with varied…

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“Made in NY” Talks: Behind Iconic Jewelry on Stage and Screen


November 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Join moderator Fern Mallis for a lively discussion about the evolution of accessories over the years and how a statement piece can tell a story and develop a character or brand. The leading costume designers from award-winning shows, films, and theater works share how they approach and shape the way stories are told today with jewelry. Panelists include: Donna Zakowska, costume designer, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Broadway’s Relatively Speaking Marci Rodgers, costume designer, BlacKkKlansman and She's Gotta Have It…

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Fashion Culture: ‘Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man’ with Michèle Gerber Klein

November 14, 2018 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 Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man: Fame, Fashion, Art. Courtesy of Rizzoli. Join author Michèle Gerber Klein and MFIT Director Valerie Steele as they discuss Klein’s new biography of revolutionary fashion designer Charles James. Klein tells the story of James’s life and career as seen through his own and other people’s eyes. A book signing will 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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Modernism à la Mode: A Presentation on Fashion and Literature

November 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Author Elizabeth Sheehan The Department of English and Communications Studies and the School of Liberal Arts present a panel discussion about fashion and literature with special guest Elizabeth Sheehan, author and professor at Oregon State University. 4–5 pm: Guest speaker: Elizabeth Sheehan’s Presentation and Discussion 5–6 pm: Panel discussion and Q & A with three FIT scholars: Sarah Byrd, School of Graduate Studies, FIT Justine De Young, History of Art Department, FIT Elizabeth Sheehan, English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality…

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Fashion Culture: ‘How to Slay’ with Constance White

November 27, 2018 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 How to Slay, courtesy of Rizzoli. Author Constance White will join Dr. Valerie Steele to discuss the influence of black style on today’s fashion vernacular, drawing on striking images of trendsetters from Josephine Baker to Michelle Obama, Rihanna, and Pharrell Williams. White’s book, How to Slay, is one of the few surveys of black style and fashion ever published. A book signing will follow the presentation. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here, call (212) 217-4585,…

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December 2018

Fashion Culture: Pink in Cosmetics

December 13, 2018 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 The Museum at FIT for a panel discussion on the importance of the color pink in the world of cosmetics. Moderator Sheryl Adkins-Green, chief marketing officer for Mary Kay Cosmetics, will be joined by Mary Kay Global Beauty Ambassador, makeup artist and television personality Luis Casco and FIT Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management faculty member Karen Young, founder of The Young Group. This panel is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color.  All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is…

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January 2019

Spring 2019 Convocation

January 24, 2019 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 event is for the FIT community only. 

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February 2019

Black History Month Opening Program and Keynote Address

February 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall will deliver the keynote for the opening of Black History Month at FIT. The national theme this year is Black Migrations, emphasizing the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the 20th century through today. Student events and refreshments to follow McCall’s remarks. Sponsored by the FIT Diversity Council. This event is for the…

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Denim: Fashion Farming Japan Symposium

February 12, 2019 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The School of Graduate Studies' Fashion Design MFA program holds a symposium on local and global denim production. Students will present research from their Fashion Farming course in Japan. This event is free and open to the public; register here.  Symposium schedule: 9 am  Coffee/check-in 9:30 am  Welcome, School of Graduate Studies Dean Mary Davis and Fashion Design MFA Chair Jonathan Kyle Farmer 9:40 am  Overview of the course in Japan 9:45–10:45 am Student presentations Boro: Necessity to Luxury Amy Sperber…

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ARTSpeak Lecture: Ellen Altfest

February 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

"Head and Plant," 2009-2010, Oil on canvas, 11 x 10 in. (27.9 x 25.4 cm), courtesy of the artist. © Ellen Altfest. Photo © White Cube (Christopher Burke, New York). After receiving her MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1997, Ellen Altfest has developed her own distinctive and devoted approach to figurative and representational painting. The artist and writer David Humphrey observed that “Altfest’s paintings celebrate the way objects become engulfed by their surroundings and simple acts of…

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Changing Patterns of Migrations

February 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Amir Issaa, an Egyptian rapper from Italy, will perform and give a talk on the changing patterns of migrations of the New Italian Society. This event is made possible by funding from the Diversity Council.  

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Caribbean Culture Event

February 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

You are invited to a Celebration of Caribbean Culture! There will be a scholarly presentation on Caribbean studies followed by a performance of traditional steel drum music and dance from the Caribbean. In addition, there will be a recitation of original poetry by distinguished, award-winning poet Madeline Millan, assistant professor, Modern Languages and Cultures. This event is made possible with funds from the FIT Diversity Council.

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V-Day at FIT

February 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

FIT joins the V-Day global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day at FIT 2019 presents a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues by the Theater Club. Doors open for an art exhibition at 7:30 pm; show at 8 pm. This event is part of Promoting Healthy Relationships Month. Find more details at fitnyc.edu/healthyrelationships. This event is for the FIT community only. 

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March 2019

Visiting Author Talk: Simeon Marsalis

March 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Simeon Marsalis. Photo by Chris Buck. Multimedia writer Simeon Marsalis's first novel, As Lie Is to Grin, focuses on an African-American college student's experience in a predominantly white college. Short-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize in 2017, the novel examines racialized bodies navigating spaces from which they have historically been barred. Incorporating texts by other African-American writers, Marsalis confronts the twinned issues of race and class, love and desire. Marsalis also wrote the script for the film…

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Fashion Culture: ‘Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco’

March 6, 2019 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

Poster for Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco. Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco is an electrifying documentary that follows fashion illustrator and FIT alumnus Antonio Lopez from New York to Paris between 1969 and 1973. Interviews with Bill Cunningham and Jessica Lange, archival footage, and Antonio’s own exuberant illustrations tell the story of this native of Puerto Rico, raised in the Bronx, who took the world of fashion illustration by storm. Alexander Joseph, Hue Magazine managing editor, will introduce the…

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Fashion Culture: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT: Fashion as Cultural Heritage

March 14, 2019 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

Roberto Cavalli, ensemble, embroidered denim and silk, spring 2003, Italy. As part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebration, The Museum at FIT invites you to this panel discussion about fashion museums, the fashion industry, and the cultural heritage of fashion. Panelists will include Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT; Professor Susan Scafidi, director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University; and moderator Felicia Caponigri, an American lawyer and PhD student at IMT School for Advanced Studies…

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Fashion Culture: ‘Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape’ with Homer Layne and Dorothea Mink

March 20, 2019 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 Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape, published by Spector Books. Photograph by Juan Ramos, courtesy of the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, archive of Homer Layne. Join Dorothea Mink, professor of fashion design at the University of Arts, Bremen, and Homer Layne for a presentation of their fascinating book on Charles James. Layne—James’s assistant for almost a decade — and Mink analyze the great designer’s remarkable innovations, revealing what made his designs so special, and…

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Grad Studies Invites: The Traphagen School: Designers in the Archive

March 21, 2019 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

This year's Fashion and Textile Studies MA exhibition, The Traphagen School: Fostering American Fashion, explores the legacy of one of the first institutions devoted to educating fashion industry professionals in New York City. This exhibition, the first dedicated to the school, will focus on the Traphagen methods of design-by-adaptation and experimentation, both of which are still used in design education and the fashion industry today. In conjunction with the exhibition, we will be hosting a panel discussion on March 21,…

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Dean’s Forum: The Business of Gender Neutral Fashion: The Future Is Fluid

March 28, 2019 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

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, in collaboration with the Technical Design department, presents a Dean's Forum on the Business of Gender Neutral Fashion, featuring a fashion show followed by a panel discussion with the designers. The event is funded by the Student/Faculty Corporation. The panel will be moderated by Catherine Schuller, CEO/executive director of Runway the Real Way. Panelists: Joshua Williams: experienced creative director, consultant, educator and personality Khrystana Kazakova: ANTM Star/Gender Advocate Ia Faraoni: Founder and…

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April 2019

Fashion Culture: ‘Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era’ with Kimberly Alexander

April 2, 2019 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 Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era, courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. Join author Kimberly S. Alexander for a presentation of Treasures Afoot, her intriguing new book that interweaves biography and material culture with full-color photographs to tell how shoes were made, sold, and worn during the eighteenth century. Alexander traces the fortunes and misfortunes of wearers as their footwear was altered to accommodate poor health, flagging finances, and changing styles, raising fresh questions about everyday…

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ARTSpeak Lecture: Nathaniel Mary Quinn

April 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The ARTSpeak Lecture Series hosts Nathaniel Mary Quinn on Tuesday, April 30. Quinn is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI; M+B, Los Angeles; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels; Pace Gallery, London; and Salon 94, New York. He was featured alongside Elijah Burgher and Toyin Ojih Odutola in The Drawing Center's three-person show For Opacity in fall 2018. Quinn's work is currently on…

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May 2019

Dean’s Forum: Sustainable Labor Practices

May 2, 2019 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology will hold a Dean's Forum to discuss strategies to improve working conditions and combating IP theft around the world. Speakers will be: Kenneth J.F. Kennedy, senior policy advisor, Forced Labor Programs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Steve Birkhold, Applied DNA Sciences Rajan Kamalanathan, vice president for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Bureau Veritas Ann Caron, manager of Social Compliance and Reporting, Timberland Adam Varley, CEO, Vartest Laboratories Moderator: Sean Cormier,…

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Fashion Culture: Liya Kebede in Conversation with Elizabeth Way

May 8, 2019 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

Liya Kebede by Silja Magg. Accomplished supermodel and designer Liya Kebede joins Museum at FIT Assistant Curator of Costume Elizabeth Way to talk about lemlem, Kebede’s collection of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, made entirely in Africa. The core collection is handwoven from natural cotton in Kebede’s native Ethiopia. Women artisans are at the heart of lemlem, and the brand is committed to connecting these communities to jobs, education and maternal health programs through the lemlem Foundation. All Fashion Culture events are free,…

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Fashion Design MFA Thesis Defense

May 14, 2019 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Graduating Fashion Design MFA students will be presenting their thesis works on stage for 15 minutes each, with a seven-minute critique from five industry experts. There will also a five-minute sizzle reel and five-minute documentary of their work. These 15 students will be sharing the results of their work over the past two years while in the program. Students within the program embark on a highly mentored personal journey into their own ideas and philosophies around fashion and design. They…

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August 2019

Fall 2019 Convocation

August 19, 2019 at 8:30 am - 10:30 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 event is for the FIT community only. 

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Graduate Studies Invites: South Asian Fashion Designer Panel

August 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The FIT School of Graduate Studies and the master's program in Global Fashion Management invite you to hear six Pakistani and Indian fashion designers, fresh from their fashion show at Christie’s, discussing South Asian fashion, art, and culture through the fusion of traditional customs with modern trends. These designers will touch on South Asian design sensibility, expanding their businesses to the global marketplace, and the evolution of fashion in both Pakistan and India. Panelists include designers Faiza Samee, Rabani & Rakha,…

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September 2019

Fashion Farming: Peru Symposium

September 11, 2019 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

Photo via WhyAlpaca.com by Grupo Inca. Join the graduate students from FIT's Fashion Design MFA program for an evening symposium as they present their findings on alpaca and vicuña fiber sourcing, production, and marketing in Peru. The research was compiled during a two-week field study course in Arequipa and Lima, where students explored the alpaca and vicuña industry from farm to factory to retail. Through onsite exploration and independent research, students were challenged to investigate the role of producers and…

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New York Textile Month: “Threads: Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch” Film Screening

September 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

https://youtu.be/nGQusbg_PjQ Please join us for a screening of the documentary film Threads, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers Cathy Stevaluk and FIT alumna Yasmine Dabbous. Threads tells the story of how Surayia Rahman, a Bangladeshi artist, transforms the ancient Bengali quilting tradition of kantha to help revive it, and creates internationally recognized art. Using her storytelling designs, she teaches other women to embroider elaborate wall hangings. They rise from the despair of poverty to support their families, leaving a legacy…

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Fashion Culture: The Venezuelan Diaspora and Fashion

September 17, 2019 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: Calvin Klein in Conversation with Valerie Steele [POSTPONED]

September 18, 2019 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

Photo by Steven Klein. Note: This event will not be held this evening. A new date has yet to be determined.  Celebrate FIT’s 75th anniversary and The Museum at FIT’s 50th with internationally renowned fashion designer Calvin Klein, whose storied fashion career is as unique as it is glamorous. An FIT alumnus, Klein will discuss the elegance, provocation, and modernism of the Calvin Klein aesthetic with MFIT Director Valerie Steele. All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required; register online here,…

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Grad Studies Invites: Linda Greer: Creating a Green Supply Chain

September 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The School of Graduate Studies and the Global Fashion Management program host a discussion with Linda Greer, senior global fellow with the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing. Greer, a former senior scientist with the National Resources Defense Council and founder of the Clean by Design Initiative will describe her work with multinational corporations on improving their environmental impact. We thank Avery Dennison Corporation for their sponsorship of this event. This event is free and open to the…

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Fashion Culture: Work! A Queer History of Modeling

September 25, 2019 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

Slow Time: A Presentation by Traditional, Large Format Photographer Lisa Elmaleh

October 2, 2019 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

The Presidential Scholars Program and the History of Art Department host a presentation by traditional, large-format photographer Lisa Elmaleh. Elmaleh is an experimental photographer who specializes in historical techniques such as albumen and collodian processes. Her ongoing project photographing rural musicians in Appalachia using tintype process was recently the subject of an editorial in The New York Times. This event is for the FIT community only. 

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

October 10, 2019 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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Pollinator Panel

October 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Meet with FIT Hives and members of The Honeybee Conservancy to discuss the importance of pollinators and what we can all do to help preserve our planet and its biodiversity. Learn about volunteer opportunities all over New York—and how you can have your own hive! The panel is part of FIT's Sustainability Awareness Week. For a full schedule of events, please visit fitnyc.edu/saw. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Rethink, Remodel, and Remember: A New Fashion Philosophy 

October 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

This panel will explore how the fashion and textile industries must reinvent themselves and innovate for the future to reduce their impact on the climate. Conversations need to be across disciplines including art, science, and business. This new fashion philosophy considers social and environmental impacts and strives to find new ways of doing things while also taking inspiration from the past. Moderator: Tabitha St. Bernard Jacobs, zero waste designer, and director of community engagement, Women’s March Panelists: • Amy DuFault, sustainable…

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Fashion Culture: Technology and the Future of Fashion

October 16, 2019 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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Fine Lines: Reclaiming Imperiled Language and Culture—The Art of [Im]migration

October 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

This moderated panel features an archeologist, writer, and photographer discussing their work exploring and reclaiming the heritage of imperiled regions and cultures. Speakers are Yannis Hamilakis, an activist/archaeologist/curator who documents migration and refugee camps on the island of Lesvos in Greece; Marwa Helal, author of Invasive Species, and an English and Communication Studies faculty member; and Steven Molina Contreras, an FIT Photography student whose work documenting immigration issues has been featured by Aperture. Fine Lines has been funded by a grant…

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Artificial Intelligence for Marketing

October 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Michael Trapani, director of marketing at IBM, gives a lecture about how artificial intelligence will be used to power the next generation of marketing, social media, and other digital strategies. He will also describe the job opportunities that AI will create for the next generation of marketers and advertisers. The event is a collaboration between the Advertising and Marketing Communications Department, the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, DTech, and IBM through the efforts of Associate Professor Jean Marc Rejaud. This event is for the…

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November 2019

2019 Apparel Importers Trade and Transportation Conference

November 7, 2019 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and the American Import Shippers Association (AISA) hold the 31st Annual Apparel Importers Trade and Transportation Conference at FIT where they will discuss the trade, transportation, and compliance challenges facing fashion brands and retailers today. The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology hosts this year's conference. Topics at the conference range from current issues in transportation and trade policy, to sustainability, to the outlook on global sourcing, and more. Click…

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Art Moves: A Graphic Design Conversation

November 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The School of Art and Design presents a student-led panel discussion on the thought and process leading up to Don't Triptych, a culminating installation developed by Graphic Design students. Panelists: Janely Collado, Josephine Florence, Kris Oca, Troy Vasilakas Moderator: Danielle Aviles This event is free and open to the public. 

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Memorial for Professor Chris Spollen

November 12, 2019 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

The Illustration Department and the Society of Illustrators celebrate the life of faculty member Chris Spollen. All members of the FIT community, past and present, are welcome to attend.   

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Fashion Culture: Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion

November 14, 2019 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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NYCJW: From Shoppers to Sellers: The Effects of E-Commerce on the Jewelry Business

November 18, 2019 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

EBay kicks off New York City Jewelry Week with a breakfast and panel discussion "From Shoppers to Sellers: the Effects of E-Commerce on the Jewelry Business." Join the Head of eBay Fashion Nicole Colombo in conversation with Dominique Hollins, head of eBay Diversity and Inclusion; Channing Hargrove, Refinery 29 fashion news editor; Delphine Leymarie, founder of of Delphine Leymarie Fine Jewelry; and Robert Bates, JCK news director. Topics will include how platforms like Instagram are impacting the e-commerce model, the growth of…

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NYCJW: Celebrating 50 Years of Design: David and Sybil Yurman in Conversation with Fern Mallis

November 18, 2019 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Join David and Sybil Yurman for a once in a lifetime conversation with Fern Mallis about the legendary NYC brand. David Yurman is a proud sponsor of NYCJW 2019. This event is part of New York City Jewelry Week (NYCJW). FIT is the official education partner. New York City Jewelry Week is free and open to the public; RSVP for this event here. 

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NYCJW: Fierce Female Forces x COUTURE

November 18, 2019 at 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Establishing a distinguished, internationally known brand is an accomplishment only a handful of designers in any industry ever achieve. And yet the designers on this year’s "Fierce Female Forces" panel have each carved out their own unique paths to success with fine jewelry collections that embody their distinctive points of view. These celebrated designers are successful business owners, artists and mentors who have come from diverse walks of life and overcome numerous challenges in becoming jewelry superstars. Join us on for…

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NYCJW: The Diamond Dossier: Sustainability, Authenticity, and Design

November 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Join WWD and the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) at New York City Jewelry Week, for an exclusive panel discussion featuring Kristina Buckley Kayel, managing director, DPA North America; Stephanie Gottlieb, fine jewelry designer and influencer; and Amy Lane, precious jewelry buyer at Bergdorf Goodman; as they speak with Arthur Zaczkiewicz, WWD executive editor, about diamonds, sustainability, and the impact of today's socially aware jewelry consumer. Panelists: Kristina Buckley Kayel is the managing director of the Diamond Producers Association North America. She is responsible for steering and implementing DPA’s marketing,…

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NYCJW: The Business and Art of Ethical Jewelry: Kyle Roderick Interviews Designer Pippa Small

November 19, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

In this informal conversation, Kyle Roderick, author of the new book Bejeweled: The World of Ethical Jewelry (Rizzoli), speaks with Pippa Small, MBE, about how the designer and anthropologist has guided her ethical jewelry brand to financial success and international prominence. Worn by such globally influential women as Meghan Markle, actor Laura Dern, British supermodel Adwoah Aboah and Kate Middleton, the Pippa Small brand is synonymous with handmade ethical jewelry of great beauty and cultural value. Roderick and Small discuss how the designer/medical anthropology has…

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Fashion Culture: Building Community Through Fashion in Harlem

November 19, 2019 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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NYCJW: When the Past Is the Future: How Yesterday’s Styles, Techniques, and Designs Influence Our Jewels

November 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The world has changed radically in the past 20 years, affecting every aspect of our lives. Jewelry making, marketing, and styling have been upended and reimagined, yet the raw human desire for the jewel as adornment remains. How do we integrate the valuable wisdom and life experiences of the past with the energy and promise of the future? Join the American Society of Jewelry Historians with experts from differing generations and skill sets to discuss these challenges. Panelists: Jill Newman, jewelry expert…

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Lawrence Israel Lecture: Alexandra Champalimaud

November 21, 2019 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

The Interior Design Department honors interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud with its 2019 Lawrence Israel Prize. Champalimaud’s design firm has achieved a global notoriety, while maintaining a reputation defined by luxury. Notable projects include the revival of the Algonquin Hotel, the Carlyle in New York, the Four Seasons in Jakarta, and other top hotels around the world, along with inspiring work with restaurants and spas, including the celebrated Troutbeck in upstate New York. Champalimaud will accept the award and deliver a talk,…

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NYCJW: Full Circle: A Responsible Jewelry Cycle

November 22, 2019 at 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Join NYCJW for a one day crash course on the sustainability challenges that face the global jewelry trade. Designed to educate you about how your consumers behavior and business practices impact the environment and human well-being around the world. Full Circle: A Responsible Jewelry Cycle will connect you with individuals, businesses, and organizations who are actively forging paths toward a more responsible jewelry industry and enable you with tools to operate most responsibly going forward. RESOURCE ROOM Where interest meets hands-on exploration, education and demonstration. Created with a “Science…

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NYCJW: Reka Lorincz: “DIY Happiness: A Talk”

November 23, 2019 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Reka Lorincz likes being ambiguous: she prefers making objects rather than giving talks about them. Today will be an exception. Let it be flea market finds or gemstones, she transforms unusual materials into one of a kind art pieces. In her art , she does not mind making fun of society or even herself, meanwhile reflecting on nowadays, most important issues and dilemmas such as the role of women, or the value of things. The main sources of inspiration is…

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December 2019

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

December 3, 2019 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 to eliminate stereotypes of Asians in the ballet community. 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 public. 

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Fashion Culture: John Galliano for Dior

December 4, 2019 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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The Most Beautiful Blue: Crafting Lions, Glaze, and Monument in Babylon, Susa, and Beyond

December 11, 2019 at 9:00 am - 12:45 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Coloured glazed terracotta brick panel depicting striding lions from Babylon (Iraq). Neo-Babylonian Period, reign of Nebuchadnezzar II 604-562 BC.  Inv Ao 21118, The Louvre Museum, Paris. A group of distinguished experts and scholars introduce and discuss aspects of the rediscovery, preservation, and presentation of ancient Near Eastern glazed brick facades dating from the 6th to 4th centuries BCE. Speakers include Noemi Dauce (Louvre, Abu Dhabi), Alireza Khounani (New York City), Sonja Radujkovic, and Stefan Simon (Berlin), and May-Sarah Zessin (Goethe…

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January 2020

Spring 2020 Convocation

January 23, 2020 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

Black History Month Opening Program and Keynote Address

February 6, 2020 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Professor Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz of Teachers College, Columbia University will be the keynote speaker for the opening of Black History Month. The national theme for Black History Month is African Americans and the Vote. For more information on the Diversity Council and FIT’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, visit fitnyc.edu/diversity. This event is for the FIT community only.   

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A Commemoration of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

February 11, 2020 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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Liberal Arts Dean’s Forum: Presidential Scholars Program Colloquium

February 12, 2020 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

Presented by Professor Praveen K. Chaudhry, Vanishing Community, Vanishing Cultures: The Yörüks of Taurus Mountains, Turkey is a part of an ongoing visual ethnographic research on the impact of migration and globalization on nomadic communities in the Taurus Mountains in Turkey. (An exhibition is on view in the Gladys Marcus Library Feb. 3–March 31.) This is a new project following his decade-long journey in the Himalayan communities— Invisible Nomads of Himalayas: A Life Caught in Turmoil, which was exhibited in…

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Fashion Culture: Dapper Dan in Conversation with Valerie Steele

February 13, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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

ARTSpeak Lecture: Artist Naudline Pierre in Conversation with Curator Legacy Russell

March 3, 2020 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

The ARTSpeak Lecture Series hosts Naudline Pierre in conversation with curator Legacy Russell. Pierre is the Studio Museum in Harlem's artist in residence and Legacy Russell is the museum's associate curator of exhibitions. The central subject of Naudline Pierre's paintings serves as an alter ego, an unearthly representation rendered in a spectrum of colors. As the artist has stated about her work, she is "acknowledging the incredible history contained with my body and transferring it to a visual language co-opted…

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

March 4, 2020 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 author, fashion commentator, and judge on NBC's Emmy-nominated show Making It Simon Doonan and journalist and author Amy Fine Collins in conversation as they present her latest book, The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story. Doonan and 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 event ties in to the exhibition Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue. A book signing will follow the presentation. All Fashion Culture events are…

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A Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

March 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

The UCE of FIT presents a commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire for Women's History Month, featuring presentations by: Mary Anne Trasciatti, president, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition Richard Yoon Yoo, architect, co-designer of the Triangle Shirtwaist permanent public memorial Daniel Levinson Wilk, professor of American History, FIT This event is free and open to the public. 

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Fashion Culture: Suits, Power, and Gender

March 10, 2020 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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ARTSpeak Lecture: Artist Derick Melander

March 11, 2020 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

Derick Melander creates artwork that examines the intersection between global consumerism and the intimate connection we have with what we wear. He creates large, geometric sculptures from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. Sorted by hue, color, value or intensity, the garments are arranged to create patterns and gradients in the form of columns, walls, and enclosures. Melander's recently completed commissions include The Chapman Perelman Foundation, Eileen Fisher, and Diesel, and he has created special projects for Scope, Miami; The City of…

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POSTPONED: Fashion Culture: Jeffrey Gibson and Korina Emmerich in Conversation

March 17, 2020 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. POSTPONED 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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POSTPONED: Fashion Culture: Prabal Gurung in Conversation with Valerie Steele

March 18, 2020 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. POSTPONED 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…

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POSTPONED: Presidential Scholars Program Colloquium: Jazz Encounters: The Tardo Hammer Trio

March 18, 2020 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

POSTPONED At this Presidential Scholars Colloquium, the internationally acclaimed Tardo Hammer Trio will be joined by tenor saxophonist Julieta Eugenio. Argentina-born saxophonist Eugenio has been rapidly making her presence known on the New York jazz scene, performing at numerous venues in the metropolitan area. She won the International Women in Jazz competition in 2017 and has been featured on WBGO jazz radio as well as WABC News. Tardo Hammer is a New York jazz pianist whose deft artistry has graced…

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POSTPONED: Fashion Culture: Blacks in Ballet: The Shadow World

March 19, 2020 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. POSTPONED 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…

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POSTPONED: Fashion Culture: The Red Shoes (1948) Film Screening

March 25, 2020 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. POSTPONED 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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POSTPONED: Fine Lines: Reclaiming Imperiled Language and Culture—Poet Solmaz Sharif

March 31, 2020 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

POSTPONED 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…

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April 2020

POSTPONED: Fashion Culture: Fashion and Political Power

April 2, 2020 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. POSTPONED 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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POSTPONED: Fashion Culture: Fashion Victims: Dressing Up the Death Drive

April 16, 2020 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). POSTPONED 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…

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

April 23, 2020 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. POSTPONED 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

POSTPONED: Fashion Culture: Dress Your Best Life

May 5, 2020 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. POSTPONED 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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June 2022

Fashion Design MFA Showcase 2022: Unbound

June 8 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

FIT’s MFA in Fashion Design is a creative laboratory where technology, talent, and inspiration intersect in one of the world's premier fashion capitals. The graduating class of the Fashion Design MFA program will be presenting their final pieces in a runway show on Wednesday, June 8 at 3 pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. Access the livestream at 3 pm on June 8. This virtual event is free and open to the public. 

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August 2022

Fall 2022 Convocation

August 22 at 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

Fall 2022 Convocation will be held in person in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. It will feature announcements and remarks by President Joyce F. Brown, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Yasemin Jones, and the Faculty Senate President Calvin Williamson. You can also login at fitnyc.edu/convocation with your FIT username and password to watch the livestream. This event is for the FIT community only.

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September 2022

ARTSpeak: Yashua Klos

September 13 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City , NY United States

In his multimedia practice, Yashua Klos explores themes of identity, memory, and African Americans' relation­ship to American labor. His large-scale works are created from the intricate formation of woodblock prints, representing ideas of Blackness through multi-dimensional, fragmented portraits. Unlike traditional collage arranged from ready-made source material, Klos creates all his collage material through woodblock printing and monotypes. His work reimagines the Black body as an alchemical being, surviving and existing within intertwined networks of history, myth, and lived reality. Yashua…

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