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Fashion Culture programs are organized by The Museum at FIT to provide new perspectives on the culture of fashion.
Programs are free unless otherwise indicated. Reservations are required for all events, as space is limited.


You may also register by phone: 212.217.4585 or via email: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu



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Fall 2014 Programs

Talk & Tours

""Poirette bra, 1949, USA, gift of Bestform Inc. Christian Dior petticoat, 1951, France, gift of Despina Messinesi.
Exposed Talk & Tours

Monday, September 29 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 15 | 10:30 am
Wednesday, November 12 | 10:30 am

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

Colleen Hill, associate curator of accessories, traces developments in intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present, showing that as the relationship between dress and the body has been redefined over time, so too have the function and appearance of lingerie.

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""Bonwit Teller, evening gown, pink chiffon, c.1920, USA, gift of Linda Wilson.
Dance and Fashion Talk & Tours

Monday, September 22 | 6 pm - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, November 19 | 10:30 am
Monday, November 24 | 6 pm

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Dance & Fashion explores the relationship between two great embodied art forms: dance and fashion. Organized by Valerie Steele, this exhibition focuses on dance costumes created by fashion designers and fashions inspired by dance. The emphasis is on ballet and modern dance, but other dance forms, such as tango, flamenco, and stepping, are featured.

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Events

"Charles James dress"Charles James, evening dress, taupe silk, 1956, USA, gift of Robert Wells in Memory of Lisa Kirk
Homer Layne:
My Life with Charles James at the Chelsea Hotel

Homer Layne and Dorothea Mink

Thursday, September 18 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Homer Layne was the trusted assistant to renowned American couturier Charles James. Join Layne as he is interviewed by Dorothea Mink, professor for fashion design at the University of the Arts, Bremen, Germany. Following the interview, Layne will give a demonstration of Charles James’ approach to draping.

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"" Charles Atlas, still from Because We Must, 1989, image courtesy of the artist and Vilma Gold, London.
Radical Glam: The Films of Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas and Michelle Handelman

Tuesday, September 23 | 6 pm
Film and Media Screening Room D207
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

A pioneering figure in film and video for more than four decades, Charles Atlas will screen films of his work with choreographers Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark, and his latest documentary, Turning, a collaboration with Antony and the Johnsons. Joining him will be Michelle Handelman, FIT associate professor of Film, Media, and Performing Arts.

Organized in collaboration with the Film, Media, and Performing Arts Department at FIT.

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The Future of Fashion Tech
Brandon Holley, Alvin Valley, Alexandra Wilson,
and Eric Wilson

Tuesday, October 7 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Eric Wilson of InStyle magazine will moderate this panel examining how the internet has transformed the business of fashion. Designer Alvin Valley, Gilt founder Alexandra Wilson, and Brandon Holley, former editor in chief of Lucky magazine, will consider the future of e-commerce.

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""Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Photograph courtesy of Puig.
Film Screening: Flamenco, Flamenco
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Blanca Li, and Michelle Handelman

Thursday, October 9 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join us for a screening of clips from Carlos Saura’s documentary film Flamenco, Flamenco, followed by a conversation with Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, choreographer Blanca Li, and FIT Associate Professor of Film, Media, and Performing Arts Michelle Handelman.

Organized in collaboration with the Film, Media, and Performing Arts Department at FIT, and the Consulate General of Spain in New York.

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""Book cover.
The Scandals of Schiaparelli
Meryle Secrest

Tuesday, October 14 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Meryle Secrest for a presentation of her new book, Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography, the first in-depth telling of the colorful life story of this great couturier and surrealist. A Pulitzer Prize–nominated biographer, Secrest was awarded a National Humanities Medal in 2006.

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"martha graham" Katherine Crockett in Martha Graham’s Spectre-1914, by Christopher Jones.
Dance Performance: Lamentation and Spectre-1914
The Martha Graham Dance Company, Janet Eilber,
Doo-Ri Chung, and Melissa Marra

Tuesday, October 28 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Members of the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform two of Graham’s classic solos, Lamentation and Spectre-1914, to be followed by a discussion with artistic director Janet Eilber, Doo-Ri Chung, a designer inspired by Graham’s synthesis of movement and fabric, and Melissa Marra, MFIT associate curator of education.

Presented in collaboration with Martha Graham Dance Company.

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"Misty Copeland"Gregg Delman
Misty Copeland
in Conversation with Dr. Valerie Steele


Tuesday, November 4 | 7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Valerie Steele, curator of the exhibition Dance & Fashion, for a conversation with Misty Copeland. Misty is a member of the corps de ballet at the American Ballet Theatre. In 2007 she made history by becoming their third African American Female Soloist and first in two decades. In September 2014, she will the first black woman to perform the lead role of Odette/Odile with American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake during the company’s first ever tour to Australia. Misty is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Life in Motion (2014), co-written with award-winning journalist and author Charisse Jones, and of the picture book Firebird (2014) in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers.

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""Courtesy of Cadolle.
Poupie and Patricia Cadolle
in Conversation with Colleen Hill


Thursday, November 6 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join Colleen Hill, curator of the exhibition Exposed: A History of Lingerie, for a conversation with Poupie and Patricia Cadolle about their family-run business, founded in Paris in 1889 by Herminie Cadolle—an early advocate of the modern brassiere. Cadolle is one of the few lingerie brands that continue to offer couture lingerie.

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"" DUO: artisan and her product. Courtesy of emiLime handcrafted.
Handmaking Luxury - Challenges to Artisan Enterprise Development
Jasmine Aarons, Adrienne Chaillé, Emily Green,
Luna Lee, Annie Millican, and Dr. Regina A. Root

Thursday, November 13 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

How artisan-focused companies foster economic development will be the focus of a lively discussion with Adrienne Chaillé of Green Design Link; Annie Millican of Dara Artisans; Jasmine Aarons, CEO and design director of VOZ; Emily Green, founder and lead designer of emiLime handcrafted; Luna Lee of the Social Consciousness Department at Eileen Fisher; and Dr. Regina A. Root, associate professor of Hispanic studies at the College of William and Mary.

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"" Reigna Fall photo of Team Vicious dancers dressed in Rick Owens.
Team Vicious Steppers Workshop
Team Vicious

Tuesday, November 18 | 6 pm
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

Rick Owens made headlines when the Team Vicious Steppers presented his spring/summer 2014 collection. In this workshop, you can learn the steps they used to storm the runway in Paris, followed by a Q&A with lead stepper LeeAnét Noble, whose company’s mission is “to fuse a variety of art forms into one loud announcement of power and beauty.”

This workshop has been made possible through the support of the FIT President’s Diversity Grant Fund.

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Symposium

Opera Nationale de ParisLa Source, Opéra National de Paris, October 2011; Photograph © Ann Ray
Dance & Fashion Symposium

Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

MFIT's fourteenth annual symposium will explore how dance costume has inspired fashion, and how fashion designers have increasingly been creating dance costumes. Topics include Rei Kawakubo's collaboration with Merce Cunningham and Rick Owens' fashion shows featuring steppers. There will be approximately sixteen speakers, including all nine contributors to the book accompanying the concurrent MFIT exhibition Dance & Fashion. Learn more.

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