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    Dear Friends,

    I invite you to read on to learn about upcoming events at FIT that are free and open to the public.

    We are particularly pleased to present a series of talks commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. These “Triangle 100 Talks,” co-sponsored by the UCE of FIT, will take place on evenings in February and March. At the first event on February 15 at 5:30 pm – titled Penn South: The New History – Penn South’s Nat Yalowitz and New York Institute of Techonolgy’s Nicholas Dagen Bloom will discuss housing policy, interior design, and the ILGWU. The discussion will also feature recorded interviews by FIT students with Penn South residents.

    This coming Tuesday, February 8 at 5:00 pm, FIT will host a lecture by photographer Dr. Deborah Willis on how African American beauty is defined, exploited, manipulated, and marketed. The following Tuesday, February 15, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Kenya-born artist Wangechi Mutu will discuss her images of female figures, which criticize the portrayal of black women as either tribal aborigines or hypersexualized pinups.

    The Museum at FIT’s lineup of Spring Fashion Culture events also will bring you a wealth of readings, talks, and exhibition tours. The first event is a book signing this Friday, February 4.
    We hope you will be able to come to some of these special events and discover - or rediscover – all that FIT has to share with you.
    With all best wishes,


    Lisa Wager
    director, Government and Community Relations
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, room B905
    New York, NY 10001
    tel: 212-217-4700 fax: 212-217-4701

    Special Event
    Posing Beauty in African American Portraits: A Talk by Dr. Deborah Willis

    Tuesday, February 8 | 5 pm

    Dr. Deborah Willis, a MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University, will discuss beauty in a way that merges gender, race, family, and class. Professor Willis’s aesthetic review will examine how black beauty is defined, exploited, manipulated, and marketed. Willis’s most recent publications include: Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Michelle Obama, The First Lady in Photographs (2009), and Let Your Motto be Resistance: African American Portraits (2007).

    This event is sponsored by The School of Art & Design, The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs, and The Photo Club.

    Katie Murphy Amphitheater
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    27th Street at 7th Avenue, northwest corner

    Triangle 100 Talks
    Join the United College Employees of FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Market Cultures Group to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and talk about its lessons for today.

    Penn South: The New History
    February 15 | 5:30 pm

    Nicholas Dagen Bloom, New York Institute of Technology
    Nat Yalowitz, Penn South

    Nat and Nicholas will lead a discussion on housing policy, interior design, and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Included in the program will be recordedinterviews by FIT students of Penn South residents and former workers in the garment industry.

    Faculty Dining Room
    David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor
    27th Street at 8th Avenue, northeast corner

    Private and Public: Two Unions
    February 23 | 5:30 pm

    Leaders and scholars of the United College Employees at FIT and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in discussion.

    Katie Murphy Amphitheater
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    27th Street at 7th Avenue, northwest corner

    Stories and Songs of the Triangle Fire
    March 9 | 5:30 pm

    Meredith Tax, author, Rivington Street
    Kevin Baker, author, Dreamland
    Katharine Weber, author, Triangle

    Katie Murphy Amphitheater
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    27th Street at 7th Avenue, northwest corner

    Women’s Rights and Women’s Clothes
    March 18 | 5:30 pm

    Kathy Peiss, University of Pennsylvania
    Daniel Cole, FIT
    Jane Bryant, Costume Designer, Mad Men

    Stories about using clothing to win respect in the workplace

    Katie Murphy Amphitheater
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    27th Street at 7th Avenue, northwest corner

    Not One More Fire!
    March 23 | 5:30 pm

    Kalpona Akter, Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity
    Bjorn Claeson, International Labor Rights Forum
    Mitch Cahn, Unionwear

    Discussion of sweatshop and non-sweatshop fashion

    Great Hall
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    27th Street at 7th Avenue

    ArtSpeak: Artists Discuss Diversity and Artistic Practice

    This series of events is co-sponsored by the FIT Fine arts department and the President’s Diversity Council. All events will take place in the Katie Murphy Amphiteater, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

    Wangechi Mutu, Artist Lecture

    Tuesday, February 15 | 1 - 2 pm

    Kenya-born Wangechi Mutu studied art and anthropology at Cooper Union before going on to an MFA at Yale University. She creates painted and collaged images of female figures, with photographic fragments of idealized women collected from print magazines. Her work criticizes the portrayal of black women as either tribal aborigines or hypersexualized pinups. Her work has been seen by critics as commentary on a variety of feminist and racial issues.

    Chie Fueki , Artist Lecture

    Thursday, March 31 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm

    The young artist Chie Fueki was born in Yokohama, Japan, raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has lived in the United States for many years. Her finely crafted paintings interweave a contemporary take on Japanese scroll painting with traditional American cultural narratives and obsessions such as football and bodybuilding. Educated at Ringling School Art and Design and Yale University, Fueki has exhibited widely. A solo exhibition of her work will be at Mary Boone Gallery in March 2011.

    Art and Diversity Panel Discussion

    Monday, April 11 | 6:30 pm

    Katie Murphy Amphitheater
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    27th Street at 7th Avenue, northwest corner

    This panel discussion, moderated by Andrew Weinstein, professor of the History of Art, features artists David Diao, Nayland Blake, and Chie Fueki, who will discuss diversity and artistic practice in contemporary and modern art.

    Fashion Culture at FIT — SPRING 2011 Programs

    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 or call 212 217.4585

    All events (except Talk and Tours) will be held at FIT in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street.

    MFIT Special Event
    Tokyo Fashion Festa NY Part 2: Cosplay

    Thursday, February 17 | 6 pm

    Join us for a special cosplay fashion show, featuring costumes inspired by favorite characters from manga and anime. The fashion show will be followed by a make-up demonstration showing how to create the latest cosplay and subcultural styles. After the event, MFIT will host another tea party reception—because the one last fall was so much fun!—where you can mingle, model, and learn more about cosplay!

    You won’t want to miss this exciting event!

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

    Humberto Leon and Carol Lim
    in Conversation with Valerie Steele

    Tuesday, March 22 | 6 pm

    Humberto Leon is the creative director and Carol Lim is the CEO of Opening Ceremony, an international retail environment comprised of shops, showrooms, and a private label collection. They will join Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, for a conversation about their careers in fashion, their multifaceted approach to merchandising, and their company’s remarkable success.

    Movies, Lectures and Book Signings

    All events will be held in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.

    FashionEast: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism

    Friday, February 4 | 6 pm

    Join Djurdja Bartlett, author and research fellow at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, as she discusses her new book,FashionEast: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism, which explores the rich history of fashion under communism in the 20th century. Bartlett examined more than 70 years of fashion in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to create this fascinating study. Her current research, funded by the British Academy, is on the relationship of East European to Western fashion throughout the 20th century and up to today. A book signing will follow.

    Behind the Scenes of Dressed
    Nary Manivong, David Swajeski, and Ally Hilfiger

    Tuesday, March 1 | 6 pm

    Join director David Swajeski for an inside look at Dressed, his film about Laotian-American fashion designer Nary Manivong’s journey from homelessness on the streets of Ohio to the runway at New York Fashion Week. Self-taught, Manivong was named one of 12 designers to watch by Women’s Wear Daily. Following a screening of selected footage from the film, Swajeski and Manivong will be joined by Manivong’s design partner, Ally Hilfiger, to talk about NAHM, their new brand.

    Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
    Alan Flusser

    Wednesday, March 2 | 6 pm

    Join best-selling author and Coty Award-winning designer Alan Flusser as he shares his encyclopedic knowledge of menswear and discusses the principals underlying the Art of Permanent Fashion. The designer of Michael Douglas's wardrobe for his legendary character Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street, Flusser will explain the do's and don'ts of buying and wearing stylish clothes, as well as the formation of an individual dressing style that transcends the fickleness of fashion's momentary appeal. Event followed by book signing.

    Minimalism and Fashion
    Elyssa Dimant and Francisco Costa

    Tuesday, March 15 | 6 pm

    Fashion historian Elyssa Dimant and Francisco Costa, women’s creative director of the Calvin Klein Collection, will discuss Dimant’s new Minimalism and Fashion, the first book to examine the minimalist movement in fashion in relation to parallel currents in art, architecture, and design. Event followed by book signing.

    Backstage Dior
    Roxanne Lowit and Simon Doonan

    Wednesday, March 23 | 6 pm

    Join photographer Roxanne Lowit and Simon Doonan, creative ambassador-at-large at Barneys, for a lively discussion of Lowit’s latest book, Backstage Dior. This new collection of photographs opens a door on life behind the scenes at the John Galliano fashion shows, which Lowit has been chronicling for more than a decade. Event followed by book signing.

    A Dangerous Woman: Adah Isaacs Menken
    Barbara Foster and Michael Foster

    Tuesday, March 29 | 6 pm

    Barbara and Michael Foster will present A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar, their biography of daredevil performer, poet, and rebel Adah Menken, also known as “The Naked Lady.” Briefly the highest paid, most famous actress of her time, Menken most likely would be a tabloid celebrity today. A book signing will follow.

    Fashion Illustration
    Anna Kiper and Laird Borrelli

    Thursday, March 31 | 6 pm

    Anna Kiper, FIT faculty member, and Laird Borrelli, former senior features editor for, will discuss fashion illustration as they present their latest books. Kiper’s Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique views fashion drawing from the designer’s perspective. Borrelli’s Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers is a vast collection of original sketches by 50 celebrated designers, including Christian Lacroix and Karl Lagerfeld. A book signing will follow.

    Talk and Tours

    Held on selected Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings, tours begin in the lobby of The Museum at FIT. Enter at the Shirley Goodman Resource Center, on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.