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    Fashion Culture at MFIT
    Special Programs for Spring 2016
    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, they are held in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. Reservations are required as space is limited. To register, email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585.

    HIJACKING THE RUNWAY: HOW CELEBRITIES ARE STEALING THE SPOTLIGHT FROM FASHION DESIGNERS
    Teri Agins

    Tuesday, March 8, 6 pm
    To RSVP: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585

    Wall Street Journal fashion reporter Teri Agins presents her new book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers, a witty look at the trend of major celebrities—such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez—and pop, sports, and reality-show stars leveraging their fame to front their own fashion brands.
    A book signing will follow the presentation.

    21ST-CENTURY DENIM
    Kara Nicholas, Andrew Olah, Jeffrey Silberman, and Emma McClendon

    Thursday, March 10, 6 pm
    To RSVP: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585

    Join Kara Nicholas, archivist at the legendary Cone Mills, denim industry veteran Andrew Olah, FIT Professor Jeffrey Silberman, and Emma McClendon, curator of the MFIT exhibition Denim: Fashion’s Frontier, for a panel discussion on the current state of the denim industry and where it is heading in the 21st century.


    FAIRY TALE IMAGERY
    Natalie Frank, Kirsty Mitchell, and Colleen Hill

    Thursday, March 31, 6 pm
    John E. Reeves Great Hall Conference Center at FIT
    Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
    To RSVP: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585
    Visual artists Natalie Frank and Kirsty Mitchell join Colleen Hill, curator of the MFIT exhibition Fairy Tale Fashion, to discuss the use of fairy tale imagery their work. Frank’s recent exhibition, The Brothers Grimm, featured 25 chalk and pastel drawings. Mitchell’s dream-like photographs intertwine fantasy, literature, and personal meditations.
    Organized in collaboration with the Gladys Marcus Library.


    ROMAINE BROOKS: A LIFE
    Cassandra Langer

    Thursday, April 7, 6 pm
    To RSVP: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585

    Art historian Cassandra Langer introduces her lively biography of expatriate American painter Romaine Brooks (1874-1970). Langer will discuss Brooks and her paintings in the context of fashion, patronage, feminism, and sexual fluidity.
    A book signing will follow the presentation.


    THIS YEAR’S MODEL: FASHION, MEDIA, AND THE MAKING OF GLAMOUR
    Elizabeth Wissinger

    Tuesday, April 12, 6 pmTo RSVP: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585
    Elizabeth Wissinger presents her book, This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour, an illustrated history of modeling and an incisive critique of fashion media. Wissinger shows that the work of the fashion model has been so amplified by digital media that we all have come to manage ourselves as brands.
    A book signing will follow the presentation.

    RAG & BONE IN CONVERSATION WITH EMMA MCCLENDON
    Marcus Wainwright and David Neville

    Wednesday, April 13, 6 pm
    To RSVP: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585
    Join New York-based designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone for a rousing conversation with MFIT curator Emma McClendon. Rag & Bone began with a single pair of jeans, then grew into a global fashion brand with a philosophy of expert craftsmanship and attention to detail.

    TRUE STYLE: THE HISTORY & PRINCIPLES OF CLASSIC MENSWEAR
    G. Bruce Boyer, Jonathan Capeheart, Guy Trebay, and Patricia Mears
    Tuesday, April 19, 6 pm
    To RSVP: museuminfo@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.4585

    G. Bruce Boyer, men’s fashion editor and author of True Style: The History & Principles of Classic Menswear, will discuss contemporary men’s dress and its history, styles, principles, and trends. Joining him will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart; New York Times cultural reporter Guy Trebay; and MFIT Deputy Director Patricia Mears.

    A book signing will follow the presentation.
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