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    Dear Friends,

    Below is information about some captivating events and programs that will take place at FIT this autumn. All exhibitions at The Museum at FIT are free.

    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.


    Lisa Wager

    Programs and Events

    Fashion Culture programs are organized by The Museum at FIT (MFIT) to provide new perspectives on the culture of fashion.
    All events and films are free and open to the public.

    Unless otherwise indicated, events are held in:
    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre,
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Seventh Avenue at 27 Street.
    Reservations are required as space is limited. To register, email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call
    212 217.4585.


    HAUTE COUTURE IN PARIS 1960-1968
    Adelheid Rasche
    Monday, September 21, 7pm
    Adelheid Rasche, curator of fashion images at the National Museums in Berlin, presents Haute Couture in Paris 1960-1968, a book of fashion illustrations by Trude Rein. Included are Rein’s incredibly rich drawings of haute couture creations by Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and many others.

    A book signing will follow the presentation.

    #FASHIONDIPLOMACY: THE CASE STUDY OF EMERGING FASHION CAPITALS IN RUSSIA, KAZAKHSTAN, AND UKRAINE
    Stephan Rabimov
    Thursday, September 24, 6pm


    Russian Fashion Industry Presentation, produced by DEPESHA, at the Consulate General of the
    Russian Federation in New York (February 6, 2013).
    Join Stephan Rabimov, publisher and editor-in-chief of DEPESHA magazine, for a discussion about the rise of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, and Almaty as fashion capitals. Rabimov will examine the growing influence of fashion in cross-cultural relations, as well as fashion’s impact on national identity and international perceptions.

    SUSTAINABLE FASHION: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
    Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley Gordon
    Thursday, October 1, 6pm
    Join MFIT Associate Curator of Accessories Colleen Hill and former MFIT Assistant Curator Jennifer Farley Gordon as they present Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future, a book inspired by their 2010 MFIT exhibition, Eco-Fashion: Going Green. This is the first book to examine the eco-fashion movement in its multifaceted historical context and to investigate the relationship between fashion and the environment as far back as the early 19th century.
    A book signing will follow the presentation.


    DESIGNERS & BOOKS FAIR 2015
    Milton Glaser, Steven Heller, André Leon Talley, and Daniel Libeskind, Among Others
    Friday, October 2, 6pm – 9pm
    Saturday, October 3, 11am – 7pm
    Sunday, October 4, 11am – 6pm
    John E. Reeves Great Hall
    Conference Center at FIT
    Displays will feature books from more than 60 top publishers of architecture, experience design, fashion, graphic design, industrial and product design, interior design, landscape architecture, web design, and urban design. Talks and book signings will take place with a number of authors, including Fern Mallis and André Leon Talley. Also exhibiting will be leading dealers specializing in rare and out-of-print design-related books.
    The fair is free. To ensure a seat for the speaker events, the cost is $10. For more information, including schedules, or to reserve a seat, visit designbookfair.com

    THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION & RACE
    Claudia Rankine
    Tuesday, October 6, 1pm

    Claudia Rankine
    A talk by Claudia Rankine, acclaimed poet, most recently, of Citizen: An American Lyric, winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Ms. Rankine will discuss “The Creative Imagination & Race.”
    A book signing will follow the event.

    INSTAGRAM AND FASHION
    Vanessa Rosales and Ariele Elia
    Thursday, October 8, 6pm


    Vanessa Rosales. Photograph by Tram D. Martinez.
    Instagram is a mobile photo-sharing and social networking service whose reach and influence are rapidly expanding. Join Colombian fashion writer and critic Vanessa Rosales as she shows how Instagram is transforming perceptions and representations of contemporary fashion. MFIT curator Ariele Elia will join her to demonstrate how Instagram can also be used as a primary source for academic research.

    SYBILLA IN CONVERSATION WITH VALERIE STEELE
    Friday, October 16, 6pm
    John E. Reeves Great Hall
    Conference Center at FIT

    Sybilla at her Madrid studio. Photograph by Félix Valiente.
    Join legendary Spanish fashion designer Sybilla for a lively conversation with MFIT director Valerie Steele. An apprentice to Yves Saint Laurent, Sybilla launched her first collection in 1983. She debuted in Milan in 1987, and continues to show in Tokyo and Paris today. Her style—exquisite, cosmopolitan, and refined—is guided by feminine sensuality and elegance.

    STELLA JEAN IN CONVERSATION WITH ARIELE ELIA AND ELIZABETH WAY
    Monday, November 2, 7pm
    Milan’s rising fashion star Stella Jean will join MFIT curators Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way to talk about her work as a designer. Jean draws inspiration from her Italian and Haitian heritage, and she collaborates with the Ethical Fashion Initiative to source fabrics from Burkina Faso in West Africa and from Haiti.

    FILM SCREENING: PARIS IS BURNING
    Jennie Livingston and Michelle Handelman

    Paris Is Burning publicity still, 1990. Photograph by Michel Comte.
    Tuesday, November 10, 6:30pm
    Film and Media Screening Room D207
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    Film director Jennie Livingston will present her groundbreaking 1990 documentary, Paris Is Burning. Filmed during the mid-to-late 1980s, this intimate portrait of the Harlem drag balls was a winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Time magazine called it “one of the most influential cultural works to come out of New York City in 40 years.” On hand for a discussion with Livingston after the screening will be Michelle Handelman, FIT associate professor of Film, Media, and Performing Arts.

    Museum Talk and Tours
    Scheduled on selected Monday evenings and weekday mornings, curator-led tours begin in the lobby of The Museum at FIT on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. Reservations are required as space is limited. To register, visit fitnyc.edu/museum or call 212 217.4585

    FASHION UNDERGROUND: THE WORLD OF SUSANNE BARTSCH
    Wednesday, September 30, 10:30am*
    Monday, October 26, 6pm
    Monday, November 23, 6pm


    Susanne Bartsch has been a highly visible player in New York City nightlife since the 1980s. Organized by Dr. Valerie Steele, Fashion Underground explores the creative links between Bartsch’s 30 years of sartorial self-expression and its influence on the global fashion scene.
    *The Talk and Tour on September 30 will be followed at noon by a tour of the exhibition Party Out of Bounds: Nightlife as Activism Since 1980 at La MaMa Galleria. For details, please visit visualaids.org/events/detail/party-out-of-bounds.

    GLOBAL FASHION CAPITALS

    Ricardo Seco, hand-beaded sneakers by the Wixárika tribe, spring 2015 Dreams collection.
    Photograph by Laura Garza.

    Monday, September 28, 6pm
    Wednesday, October 7, 10:30am
    Wednesday, October 28, 10:30am
    The globalization of fashion has given rise to new fashion cities that now annually host hundreds of fashion weeks around the world. Global Fashion Capitals explores the history of the established fashion capitals—Paris, New York, Milan, and London—and the emergence of 16 new fashion cities.

    Global Fashion Capitals Symposium
    Tuesday, October 13
    Student Fair, 10am–noon
    John E. Reeves Great Hall
    Conference Center at FIT
    Fashion show and panel, noon

    Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
    Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor
    This one-day symposium begins in the morning on the FIT campus with a student fair and fashion show, followed by panel discussions featuring fashion designers and MFIT curators Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way. Participating designers will be Ricardo Seco (Mexico City), Arzu Kaprol (Istanbul), Marina Hoermanseder (Berlin), Lisa Folawiyo (Lagos), and Nana Lee (Seoul).
    The afternoon session, held at the CUNY Graduate Center, will feature three panels addressing topics of industry, branding, and media. MFIT Director Valerie Steele will speak in the closing session that evening. For more information and afternoon registration, please visit cuny.is/fashioncities.
    Organized in collaboration with the CUNY Graduate Center and the School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. Fashion show produced by Yo Soy Mexico with funding from the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID).

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    Annual Fashion Symposium

    FASHION UNDERGROUND: THE WORLD OF SUSANNE BARTSCH
    Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23
    Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
    Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

    Photograph of Susanne Bartsch by Marco Ovando. Art by Maxwell N. Burnstein.
    The Museum at FIT’s fifteenth annual fashion symposium, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, will feature approximately 16 speakers from various areas of the fashion industry who will discuss the impact and influence that Susanne Bartsch has had on fashion and nightlife, including Simon Doonan (creative ambassador-at-large of Barneys New York), Stephen Jones (milliner), and Peter McNeil (professor at University of Technology Sydney and at Stockholm University).
    Admission to the symposium is free. To register, go to fitnyc.edu/museum or call 212 217.4585.
    The Fashion Symposium is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council, the Coby Foundation, and MAC Cosmetics.

    Exhibitions

    Global Fashion Capitals
    Fashion and Textile History Gallery
    Through November 14, 2015



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