Free Fashion Culture Programs at the Museum at FIT


The Museum at FIT has announced their fall 2015 fashion culture programs in conjunction with their exhibits: Global Fashion Capitals and Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch. These free talks, screenings and their 15th annual symposium are sure to provide a lesson in fashion history and today's culture.

Fashion Culture special programs include:

Haute Couture in Paris 1960-1968 Monday, September 21, 7pm

Adelheid Rasche, curator of fashion images at the National Museums in Berlin, presents Haute Couture in Paris 1960-1968, a book of fashion illustrations by Trude Rein. His drawings feature haute couture creations by Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and many others.

#FashionDiplomacy: The Case Study of Emerging Fashion Capitals in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine, Thursday, September 24, 6pm

Join Stephan Rabimov, publisher and editor in chief of DEPESHA magazine for a discussion about the rise of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, and Almaty as fashion capitals and the impact on national identity.

Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future, Thursday, October 1, 6pm

Join Jennifer Farley Gordon and MFIT associate curator of accessories Colleen Hill as they present Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future. This is the first book to explore the eco-fashion movement and to investigate the relationship between fashion and the environment.

Instagram and Fashion: Vanessa Rosales and Ariele Elia, Thursday, October 8

Join Colombian fashion writer and critic Vanessa Rosales as she shows how Instagram is transforming perceptions and representations of contemporary fashion. MFIT curator Ariele Elia will join her to demonstrate how Instagram can also be used as a primary source for academic research.

Sybilla in Conversation with Valerie Steele, Friday, October 16, 6pm

Join legendary Spanish fashion designer Sybilla for a lively conversation with MFIT director Valerie Steele. As an apprentice to Yves Saint Laurent, Sybilla launched her first collection in 1983 and continues to show in Tokyo and Paris today.

Stella Jean in Conversation with Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way, Monday, November 2nd, 7pm

Milan’s rising fashion star Stella Jean will join MFIT curators Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way to talk about her work as a designer. Jean draws inspiration from her Italian and Haitian heritage, and she collaborates with the Ethical Fashion Initiative to source fabrics from Burkina Faso in West Africa and Haiti.

Paris is Burning: Jennie Livingston and Michelle Handelman, Tuesday, November 19, 6:30pm

Film director Jennie Livingston will present her groundbreaking 1990 documentary, Paris Is Burning. This 1980s films shows this intimate portrait of the Harlem drag balls and was a winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Time magazine called it “one of the most influential cultural works to come out of New York City in 40 years.” After the screening,   Livingston will join Michelle Handelman, FIT associate professor of Film, Media, and Performing Arts for a discussion.

There will also be talks and tours for both of the exhibitions throughout fall. Learn more and RSVP to these free events at the Museum at FIT. 

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