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    Dear Friends,

    Below is information about some fascinating, mostly free, events that will take place at FIT this spring. We hope that you will have the opportunity to join us, so that you can 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

    Lectures and Book Signings

    Plus One: An Outsider’s Photographic Journey Into the World of Fashion
    Sharon Socol

    Plus One: An Outsider’s Photographic Journey
    Into the World of Fashion, by Sharon Socol.

    Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm
    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

    Sharon Socol is an intuitive, spontaneous photographer—and a fashion outsider. She attended hundreds of fashion events as her husband’s “plus one” during the eight years that he was CEO of Barneys New York. Her book, Plus One, is Socol’s photographic record of that unique experience. A book signing will follow the presentation.

    F4D: Giving Back Is the New Luxury
    Evie Evangelou

    Evie Evangelou. Courtesy of Fashion 4 Development.

    Friday, March 8, 6 pm
    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

    Entrepreneur and philanthropist Evie Evangelou is the Global Chair and cofounder of Fashion 4 Development (F4D), which mobilizes the fashion industry worldwide to strengthen communities and generate economic growth by empowering women through job and business opportunities. Organized in collaboration with the FIT Diversity Council.

    Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco
    Antonio and Mauricio Padilha

    Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco,
    by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha.

    Tuesday, March 12, 6 pm
    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

    Brothers Roger and Mauricio Padilha, founders of MAO Public Relations and MAO Mag, present the first complete monograph on the work of extraordinary fashion artist and illustrator Antonio Lopez. For three decades, Lopez produced illustrations, paintings, and photographs for Vogue, The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, and other publications while executing campaigns for labels as diverse as YSL, Valentino, and Versace. A book signing will follow the presentation.

    A Career in Fashion
    John Bartlett

    John Bartlett. Courtesy of John Bartlett.

    Tuesday, April 2, 6 pm
    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

    Fashion designer John Bartlett talks about his unique career. Known for his rugged American style as well as his support of animal rights, Bartlett presented the first entirely eco-friendly, cruelty-free menswear collection at New York Fashion Week in 2012. He also was recently named winner of the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Award. Organized in collaboration with the FIT Diversity Council.

    Fashion Conversation

    Bruno Frisoni and Inès de la Fressange
    In conversation with Valerie Steele

    Bruno Frisoni. Photo by Rankin. Inès de la Fressange. Photo by Wayne Maser.
    Wednesday, April 10, 6 pm
    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

    Join us for a revealing talk with Bruno Frisoni and Inès de la Fressange, who joined forces in 2003 to revive the house of Roger Vivier, with Frisoni as creative director and de la Fressange as roving brand ambassador. Frisoni will also discuss his eponymous shoe label, where, he says, he lets his imagination run wild.

    Panel Discussions

    The Technology Trap: Fashion, Copying, and the Speed of Information
    Susan Scafidi, Te Smith, Ariele Elia, and Emma McClendon

    Wednesday, March 6, 6 pm
    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

    Fashion designers and labels face complex new challenges as technology continues to exponentially advance. Of particular interest to this panel will be issues of design ownership and intellectual property rights. Law professor Susan Scafidi will speak on the legal aspects of copyright and piracy. Te Smith, from the online brand protection company MarkMonitor, will explain the relationship between information technology and copying. Ariele Elia and Emma McClendon, curators of the current MFIT exhibition, Fashion and Technology, also join the discussion. Organized in collaboration with the Fashion Law Institute.

    F4D: Preserving Asian Culture Through Fashion and Textiles
    Angel Chang, Sebastian Gunawan, and Priyo Oktaviano

    Priyo Oktaviano. Sebastian Gunawan. Angel Chang. Photo © Angel Chang.
    Thursday, April 18, 6 pm
    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

    Fashion designers Angel Chang, Sebastian Gunawan, and Priyo Oktaviano will discuss how cultural heritage is preserved and passed on through fashion and textiles. In her work, New York-based Chang seeks to stimulate collaboration with technology companies and to inspire innovation. Gunawan is an Indonesian designer known for his sophisticated gowns. Oktaviano, the 2009 Elle Indonesian Fashion Designer of the Year, believes that hand woven craft transcends generation and culture. All three designers have been supported by Fashion 4 Development. Organized in collaboration with the FIT Diversity Council.

    Talks and Tours

    Scheduled on selected Monday evenings and weekday mornings, tours begin in the museum lobby at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street. Reservations are required.

    Shoe Obsession

    Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni), Eyelash Heel pump, fall 2012-2013. Photo by Stéphane Garrigues.

    Monday, March 11, 6 pm (Valerie Steele)
    Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 am (Colleen Hill)
    Monday, April 8, 6 pm (Colleen Hill)

    Shoe Obsession examines our culture’s continuing fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes. Join Valerie Steele or Colleen Hill, co-curators of Shoe Obsession, for an in-depth look at more than 150 examples of the extreme, lavish, and imaginative styles that have made contemporary footwear central to fashion. The April 8 tour will be followed by a signing of the beautifully illustrated companion book.

    Fashion and Technology

    Jean Paul Gaultier, jumpsuit, nylon and spandex, 1996, France.

    Monday, February 25, 6 pm (Emma McClendon)
    Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 am (Ariele Elia)
    Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 am (Emma McClendon)

    Join Ariele Elia or Emma McClendon, curators of Fashion and Technology, for a tour of this revelatory History Gallery exhibition, which explores fashion’s long engagement with technology. Aniline dyes, the sewing machine, synthetic fibers, and the zipper—all were technological advances that sent fashion in new directions. In recent years, designers have made technology central to their collections, while wireless, sewable circuitry and fashion design software have made cyberspace the new nexus of technology and fashion.

    Boots: The Height of Fashion

    Jack Jacobus, Ltd., boot, leather, circa 1900, Austria, gift of Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Monday, March 18 at 6 pm
    Wednesday, April 3 at 10:30 am

    Join curators Julia Borden and Cathy Zaret for a tour of Boots: The Height of Fashion, an exhibition by graduate students in FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies program. Featuring creations by some of the most innovative designers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—including Paul Poiret, Martin Margiela, and Christian Louboutin—the exhibition explores what makes boots the perfect accessory for the fashionable modern woman. A special section provides visitors with a behind-the-scenes look at the conservation of boots.

    Fashion Symposium

    Cross-Pollination: Fashion and Technology

    Thursday, April 25
    9 am-12 noon

    The Fashion and Technology symposium is a collaboration between The Museum at FIT and the School of Graduate Studies at FIT. Bradley Quinn, author of Fashion Futures (Merrell), Techno Fashion (Berg), and many other publications, will give the keynote address. A panel discussion will feature both scientists and designers, who will discuss new directions in fashion and technology.

    For prices, registration and up-to-date information on the Fashion and Technology symposium, visit or email Free to the FIT community and to all students with valid IDs.

  • #2
    Re: FIT events this spring

    Very cool. Thanks for posting.
    The Alexander McQueen / Guinness show was awesome btw.


    • #3
      Re: FIT events this spring

      Glad to hear that the community events listings are being used