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VISIONARY: Inspiration, Incubation, and Realization
November 15-16, 2014 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
CUNY Graduate Center

Join leaders in wearable technology at the 16th Annual New York Fashion conference, Visionary: Inspiration, Incubation, and Realization, as they seek to define where innovation and success in fashion come from and how, perhaps, they can be replicated. Through lectures, panels, and screenings complemented by receptions and book-signings, the journey from inspiration to product realization is explored. Speakers include Ariele Elia, MFIT assistant curator of costume and textiles.

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Elizabeth Auclair and Whitney Hunter in Martha Graham's Errand Into the Maze, Photo by John Deane © John Deane
The Dance Enthusiast Presents: Dance & Fashion
November 12, 2014 | 6:15 - 8:30 pm
The New Gibney Dance Center
280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers)

The Dance Enthusiast will host a performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company, to be followed by a conversation with special guests Janet Eilber, artistic director of the MGDC, the MGDC dancers, Reid Bartelme Design, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of MFIT. The event also features the cuisine of Chef Rodney Brown.

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Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week
October 20 - 26, 2014
Madison Avenue

This week-long event organized by Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) will feature specially-created exhibitions within the boutique windows of Akris, Bally, Brunello Cucinelli, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Hermès, J. Mendel, John Lobb, Longchamp, Max Mara, Missoni and Mulberry — all to benefit The Museum at FIT through the Couture Council.

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The series of displays will tell the remarkable story of each brand's heritage and a companion mobile app, designed by C&G Partners, will present visitors to Madison Avenue with an audio/video tour, featuring original commentary by Dr. Valerie Steele, brand ambassadors, and more.

“The concept of ‘heritage’ has become ever more important for fashion and luxury companies, as discerning consumers increasingly seek authenticity and quality. The Museum at FIT, New York’s only specialized fashion museum, is pleased to collaborate with Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week” — Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT.

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Past Workshops


Cross-Pollination
Cross-Pollination: Masterpieces of the Collections
Online event


This workshop was organized by The Museum at FIT in conjunction with Mexico’s Atelier Romo and the Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros (SAPS). Under the mentorship of artist Sebastian Romo and Tanya Melendez, MFIT’s curator of education, students from FIT and Atelier Romo interpreted MFIT’s costume collection and SAPS’ murals. Results are published via the link above.




Cross Pollination Eco Fashion
Cross-Pollination: Eco-Fashion
Online event


Students from FIT and the Mexican school CENTRO shared their skills, diverse perspectives and interpretations of the MFIT exhibition Eco-Fashion: Going Green.

In the summer of 2010, The Museum at FIT invited five students from each institution to investigate ecological sustainability in fashion and what that means to them. The two teams of students were then asked to work together to develop a joint project that would reflect their discoveries and conclusions...
This workshop was organized in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and Centro de diseño, cine y television. It was made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation.




cross polination
Cross-Pollination: Fashion & Politics
Online event


Students from FIT and the Mexican school CENTRO shared their diverse skills and perspectives in order to help each other arrive at interpretations of the MFIT exhibition Fashion & Politics. The results of this online collaboration are published here on MFIT’s website. Organized in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.


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