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Fashion Culture at FIT - Spring 2010 Programs

Loretta Lawrence Keane, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations
Cheri Fein, Executive Director of Public and Media Relations 212 217.4700
Fashion Culture programs are organized by The Museum at FIT (MFIT) to provide new perspectives on the culture of fashion. All programs are free unless otherwise indicated. However, reservations are required for all events, as space is limited. To register, email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585.

Fashion Conversations
Informal, freewheeling discussions with leaders from the world of fashion.

Thom Browne in Conversation with Fred Dennis
Monday, March 22
7 - 9 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Join us for a chat with Thom Browne, one of the best known tailors in the world. The 2006 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, Browne designs the Black Fleece collection for Brooks Brothers for both men and women. His line of men’s jewelry for Harry Winston was launched in 2007, and his men’s line for Moncler, Gamme Bleu, debuted in January 2009 in Milan.

Rodarte in Conversation with Valerie Steele
Tuesday, May 4
6 - 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Meet sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who founded Rodarte in Pasadena, California in 2005. Their work is a seamless marriage of innovation and aesthetics. Rodarte received the CFDA Swarovski Emerging Womenswear Designer Award in June 2008, the Swiss Textiles Award in November 2008, and the 2009 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.

André Leon Talley in Conversation with Valerie Steele
Thursday, May 6
6 - 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Hear André Leon Talley, American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine and one of the most influential people in fashion today. He worked with legendary editor Diana Vreeland and has been nominated for an Emmy. He is the author of A.L.T.: A Memoir and A.L.T. 365+.

Lectures and Book Signings

Resort Fashion by Caroline Rennolds Milbank
Monday, February 22
7 - 9 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Fashion historian Caroline Rennolds Milbank will take us across continents, styles, and generations as she presents the vibrant history of resort clothing. She will discuss renowned designers, past and present, who have contributed their unique touches to resort wear, including Claire McCardell, Michael Kors, and Rodarte. A signing of Rennolds’ book, Resort Fashion, will follow the lecture.

More Programs

Prabal Gurung
Monday, April 12
7 - 9 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Join fashion designer Prabal Gurung for an exploration of his unique design perspective. Gurung, who has worked with Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass, launched his own line in February 2009. His collection has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Women’s Wear Daily, and his Hollywood following includes Demi Moore, Rachel Weisz, and Zoe Saldana.

Pucci Collaborations:  Ralph Pucci and Diego Uchitel
Tuesday, March 2
6 - 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Ralph Pucci will begin this fascinating evening with a presentation of his book, Show, and discuss the influence that fashion, art, and design have on each other. He will be joined by renowned photographer Diego Uchitel, who will talk about the importance of projecting a unique, signature image. A signing of Show will follow the lecture.

Beth Levine Shoes by Helene Verin
Wednesday, March 10
6 - 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Join Helene Verin for a look at the iconic footwear of fashion innovator Beth Levine, who introduced the mule and the stiletto to America. Jacqueline Kennedy wore Levine’s sensational shoes, as have Barbara Streisand and Shirley MacLaine. A signing of Verin’s book, Beth Levine Shoes, follows the lecture.

Hairsense/Hair Dress by Elena Fajt
Wednesday, March 17
6 - 8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Meet Elena Fajt, visual artist and associate professor of fashion design at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Fajt will present her ongoing project, Hairsense, as well as an analysis of the symbolic dimensions of hair. Fajt has made more than forty costume designs for theatre and dance, two feature films, and many short movies.

Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber
Monday, April 19
7 - 9 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Historian Caroline Weber discusses Marie Antoinette’s wardrobe and its influence on the history of fashion and France. Weber contends that the young queen’s fashion obsession was about self-assertion, not narcissism and frivolity. A signing of Weber’s book, Queen of Fashion, follows the lecture.

Talk and Tour
MFIT’s popular Talk and Tour series now includes selected Wednesday mornings, as well as Monday evenings. Tours begin in the museum lobby on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. Reservations are required. Email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585.

American Beauty
Monday, March 1, 6 pm (Jennifer Farley)
Monday, March 8, 6 pm (Patricia Mears)
Wednesday, March 17, 10:30 am (Patricia Mears)
Wednesday, April 7, 10:30 am (Colleen Hill)
Join exhibition curator Patricia Mears or assistant curators Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill for an illuminating tour of American Beauty, a unique exhibition that explores the ways in which construction techniques have fostered innovation in the fashion design traditions of the United States. Featured is the work of such designers as Claire McCardell, Halston, and Rodarte, among many others.
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Night & Day
Wednesday, February 17, 10:30 am
Wednesday, March 10, 10:30 am
Monday, April 26, 6 pm
Monday, May 3, 6 pm
Take a tour of Night & Day with exhibition curator Molly Sorkin. This fascinating exhibition features day and evening garments that illustrate the ever-changing rules of fashion and appropriate dress over the past 250 years.
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Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes
Monday, March 15, 6 pm
Wednesday, March 24, 10:30 am
Join Laura Mina or Sarah Byrd, FIT graduate students and co-curators of Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers, for a guided tour of this first exhibition ever to chronicle the history of Delman shoes. Revisit or discover for the first time the refined elegance of Delman, a quality that appealed to Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, and Queen Elizabeth, as well as today's stars. Organized in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies.
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