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Fashion Culture Special Programs

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.

 

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Talk & Tours

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(left) Halston, dress, printed knit cotton, c.1976, USA, Gift of Ms. Gayle Osman; (right) Yves Saint Laurent, dress, printed silk chiffon, 1971, France, Gift of Lauren Bacall.
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s
Wednesday, March 4 | 10:30 am
Monday, March 23 | 6 pm
Wednesday, April 15 | 10:30 am
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s is the first exhibition to analyze the work of these two great 20th-century designers side by side, at the height of their careers, during the dreamy, indolent, and sexy 1970s. All of the nearly 100 objects on view have been drawn exclusively from MFIT’s permanent collection.

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Brian Lichtenberg, “Homiés” ensemble, 2014, cotton, polyester, rubber, USA, gift of Brian Lichtenberg Studio, 2014.39.1.
Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits
Wednesday, February 18 | 10:30 am
Wednesday, March 25 | 10:30 am
Monday, April 20 | 6 pm
Fashion & Textile History Gallery
Authenticity and copyright protection against knockoffs are two of the most debated topics in fashion today. Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits explores various levels of authenticity in fashion while considering the legal and ethical consequences of both sanctioned and illicit copying.

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Normal Norell, evening dress and coat, cashmere, silk jersey, and sequins, circa 1958, USA, gift of Lauren Bacall, 68.143.6.
Lauren Bacall: The Look
Wednesday, March 11 | 10:30 am
Monday, March 16 | 6 pm
Gallery FIT
Lauren Bacall: The Look examines Lauren Bacall’s distinctive style within the context of her modeling, film, and theater careers. Organized by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies program, this exhibition offers fans, new and old, an opportunity to rediscover a Hollywood legend.


Events

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Cover of the book, Gods and Kings.
Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
Wednesday, February 11 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Join acclaimed journalist Dana Thomas for a preview of her new book, Gods and Kings. It is an unflinching look at the relentless world of couture and the price it demanded of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, even as they helped luxury fashion grow from a clutch of small, family-owned businesses into a $280 billion-a-year global corporate industry.A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Cover of the book, Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and The Pulse of History.
Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and The Pulse of History
Thursday, February 19 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
A writer on fashion, performance, art, and cultural politics, Rhonda K. Garelick has crafted a unique, seminal biography of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, one the greatest fashion designers of the 20th century. Join Garelick for a portrait of Chanel as a woman of daring and a designer who branded a century and remade the world in her own image.A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Passage #5 one-piece coat dress, with belt ensemble, designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior. Paris, Couture, Spring/Summer 2011. Photograph by Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum, 2011.
Film Screening: Passage #5: Christian Dior, Spring/Summer 2011
Tuesday, February 24 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Dr. Alexandra Palmer will introduce the documentary film Passage #5, chronicling the creation of a sensational Christian Dior gown commissioned, along with the film, for the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. Running time is approximately 50 minutes, to be followed by a Q and A.

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“Bloody Mary” from Cocktail Hour, dancer Emily Anton. Photograph by Darial Sneed.
Designing Costumes for Ballet With A Twist
Thursday, February 26 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Costume designer and FIT alumna Catherine Zehr will discuss her career designing for New York’s Ballets with a Twist, and the company will perform excerpts from artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus’s Cocktail Hour. Klaus will then join Zehr to answer audience questions.

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Freedom of Creation laser sintered dress.
Future Fakes
Tuesday, March 3 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
As the technologies of fashion design, production, distribution, and imitation advance, how will we identify fakes? How does one define authenticity in a world of 3D, print-it-yourself accessories and downloadable watch faces? Join Susan Scafidi of the Fashion Law Institute and MFIT assistant curator Ariele Elia for a lively inquiry into the future of fashion copying.

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Cover of the book, Vintage Black Glamour. vbgbook.com.
Vintage Black Glamour
Tuesday, March 10 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Join fashion, lifestyle, and arts journalist Nichelle Gainer for a presentation of her new book, Vintage Black Glamour. This stunning publication’s historic photographs and insightful biographies tell the stories of black women of the 20th century—actors, dancers, writers, and entertainers—who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts.A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Cover of the book, Roxanne Lowit Photographs Yves Saint Laurent © Roxanne Lowit. All rights reserved.
Yves Saint Laurent
Thursday, March 19 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit is as much a celebrity as the people she photographs. Now she presents a pictorial history of the great couturier Yves Saint Laurent. Included are intimate views of life backstage at his shows—as Lowit herself experienced it. Whether surrounded by beautiful models or peeking at the catwalk from the wings, every moment was a magnificent photo opportunity.Contributors to the book include Catherine Deneuve, Betty Catroux, and Lucie de la Falaise.A book signing will follow the presentation.

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duaba serwa. Courtesy of Altaroma. Luca Sorrentino Photography.
Beat of Africa: The Ethical Fashion Initiative
Tuesday, March 24 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Simone Cipriani is the founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a flagship program of the International Trade Centre. Cipriani will talk about EFI’s efforts to propel the international fashion industry in Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Kenya, and how EFI enables artisans living in urban and rural poverty to connect with the global fashion chain, while encouraging the use of sustainable, environmentally sound materials and practices.A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Cover of the book, The Battle of Versailles.
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History
Wednesday, April 1 | 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Robin Givhan in conversation with Patricia Mears
Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize–winning fashion critic for the Washington Post, presents her first book, The Battle of Versailles, the story of a 1973 face-off between five American designers—including Halston and Oscar de la Renta—and five French designers (Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin among them). Buoyed by a decision to use ten African American models (unheard of then), the underdog Yanks pulled off a victory, cementing American fashion as a major player on the international stage.A book signing will follow the presentation.

 

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