On Creativity is a series of public programs produced by FIT—an institution known for its rich mix of industry innovation, creative exploration, professional education, leadership in technology, and advanced study and research. On Creativity offers symposia, panels, lectures, and exhibitions that bring together the creative and business communities that shape the art, design, and commerce of New York City. This year’s programs are organized by The Museum at FIT, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Communication Design Department of the School of Art and Design. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and require no registration.

Exhibition
American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion
 
  The Museum at FIT’s American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion is the first exhibition to explore how the "philosophy of beauty" is allied to the craft of dressmaking. Each of the 75 looks on display exemplifies the relationship between technical ingenuity and artistic excellence. Curator Patricia Mears has focused on approximately 25 American fashion designers, ranging from the obscure, such as Jessie Franklin Turner, whose work dates from the late 1910s, to rising stars of the present day, such as the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte. Other designers featured include Adrian, Bonnie Cashin, Maria Cornejo, James Galanos, Halston, Elizabeth Hawes, Charles James, Charles Kleibacker, Claire McCardell, Norman Norell, Rick Owens, Ralph Rucci, Isabel Toledo, Pauline Trigère, Valentina, Yeohlee, and Jean Yu.
Through April 10, 2010
Tues - Fri, Noon – 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Free  

Exhibition
Night & Day
  The Museum at FIT presents Night & Day, a new exhibition examining how the rules that dictate appropriate dress for women have changed over the past 250 years. Featured will be more than 100 day and evening garments, textiles, and accessories displayed in chronological order, illustrating the conventions for appropriate dress for a particular time of day, activity, or occasion and how these conventions continually change. Night & Day will reveal the evolution of the rules that govern fashion, including eras when strictly observed etiquette was the norm and other times when more flexible guidelines prevailed. The exhibition will include work by designers such as Christian Dior, Charles James, Yves Saint Laurent, and Olivier Theyskens for Rochas.
Through May 11, 2010
Tues - Fri, Noon – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Fashion and Textile History Gallery
Free 

Exhibition
Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: The History of Delman Shoes 
  The vibrant history behind one of the oldest salon footwear brands is explored in an exhibition organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.
March 9 – April 3, 2010
Tues - Fri, Noon – 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 5pm; Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Gallery FIT
Free  

Conference
Refocusing Retail: Back to Basics or Back to the Drawing Board?
  Conference sponsored jointly by FIT’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management MPS program and Wharton’s Baker Retail Initiative.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
8 am – Noon
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Registration fee: $125
For more information, www.fitnyc.edu/refocusingretail

Lecture
Think Pink! Forecasting National Color Trends from Midtown Manhattan, 1920s – 1950s 
  Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Who predicted color trends before Pantone and the Color Marketing Group? This talk explores the careers of America's first professional color forecasters and their efforts to coordinate the flow of color information through the millinery, leather, garment, and textile trades. Heard of Mamie Eisenhower's First Lady Pink? Come and hear about the forecasters who created it.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
5 - 6 pm
Living Room, 9th floor, Marvin Feldman Center
Free  

Annual Fashion and Textile Studies Symposium
Americans in Paris: Designers, Buyers, Editors, Photographers, Models, and Clients in Paris Fashion 
  Since Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson first brought the “American look” to the court of Versailles, American have played a vital role in Paris fashion. Graduate students in FIT’s M.A. program in Fashion and Textile Studies present new research on the contributions of Americans as creative designers, discerning clients and buyers, and influential journalists in the capital of international fashion.
Saturday, May, 8, 2010
Noon – 5 pm
Board Room, 9th floor, Marvin Feldman Center
Free; RSVP to 212 217.4319  

Lecture
Visiting Artist Program with Stefan Sagmeister: Yes, Design Can Make You Happy 
  Stefan Sagmeister is among today's most important graphic designers. Since founding Sagmeister Inc. in New York in 1993, he has designed branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, the Guggenheim Museum, and Time Warner. Sagmeister’s work has been exhibited in Zurich, Vienna, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Prague, Cologne, and Seoul. A native of Austria, he received his MFA in graphic design from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master's degree from Pratt Institute in New York. Previous lecturers in this series have included Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Louise Fili, Ivan Chermayeff, and Massimo Vignelli.
For more information, contact program director Rocco Piscatello, adjunct assistant professor, Communication Design: rocco_piscatello@fitnyc.edu or 212 217.5661.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
6:30 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Free