This spring, the Museum at FIT has another outstanding lineup of Fashion Culture events. Their seasonal programming consists of free lectures, conversations tours and panels from today’s most intriguing experts, tastemakers and historians from around the world. Topics include the biography of iconic designers like Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, heartache and global controversy from John Galliano and Alexander McQueen and the future of fashion fakes.
Here’s a list of the museum’s events:
Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, Wednesday, February 11 | 6 pm
Journalist Dana Thomas will discuss her new book Gods and Kings that delves into the world of couture and the pressure it caused for Alexander McQueen and John Galliano while they built various luxury houses.
Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and The Pulse of History, Thursday, February 19 | 6 pm
Join writer Rhonda K. Garelick as she talks about her book, the biography of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. The discussion will detail how she branded herself and became a legendary fashion icon.
Film Screening: Passage #5: Christian Dior, Spring/Summer 2011, Tuesday, February 24 | 6 pm
Watch Passage #5, the documentary film that chronicles the creation of a Christian Dior gown for the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.
Designing Costumes for Ballet With A Twist, Thursday, February 26 | 6 pm
Catherine Zehr, costume designer and FIT alumna will talk about her career designing for the New York’s Ballet with a Twist. A performance from the dance company will take place and be followed by a discussion with artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus.
Future Fakes, Tuesday, March 3 | 6 pm
Listen to Professor Susan Scafidi of the Fashion Law Institute and MFIT assistant curator Ariele Elia disucss how technologies like 3D printing will make it harder to identify fakes and what makes one.
Vintage Black Glamour, Tuesday, March 10 | 6 pm
Journalist Nichelle Gainer will discuss her new book Vintage Black Glamour as it documents the stories of black women in the 20th century and unveils biographies and historic photographs that rarely were told.
Yves Saint Laurent, Thursday, March 19 | 6 pm
Photographer Roxanne Lowit will shows a pictorial history of Yves Saint Laurent from backstage moments, on the catwalk and the models in his world shown in her new book.
Beat of Africa: The Ethical Fashion Initiative, Tuesday, March 24 | 6 pm
Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative will talk about their effort to foster the international fashion industry in Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Kenya. He will also discuss how they enable artisans to connect with the global fashion chain.
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History, Wednesday, April 1 | 6 pm
Legendary author and fashion critic Robin Givhan will present her first book, The Battle of Versailles, the story of a 1973 face-off between five American and five French designers that put America on the global map.
To learn more and RSVP, visit the Museum at FIT.
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