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    First off FIT has now taken their "dead space" wall on 28th street and added a whole bunch of student art to it. " This year, the markable surfaces have extended down 28th Street to include brick wall that is to be painted with acrylics, titled Brick FIT. The brick wall will eventually be torn down to make way for construction of FIT’s new academic building on that site"

    my bext post will list current upcoming evenyts

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    FIT Public Programs and Events

    FIT is pleased to invite you to attend a number of upcoming events that 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 27th Street

    For some events, reservations are required as space is limited.

    11th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference

    John E. Reeves Great Hall, Pomerantz Center
    Tuesday, April 4, 9 am

    Each year, the FIT Sustainability Council organizes and hosts the Sustainable Business and Design Conference on the college’s campus. The purpose of the event is to inform, involve, and inspire the FIT community and others about sustainability and how to incorporate sustainability in our lives.

    This year’s theme is “Sustainability: Responsible Global Citizenship.”

    No reservations required.

    For more information, click here.

    Film and Media Screening Series

    Teknolust with Director Lynn Hershman Leeson
    Film and Media Screening Room, Pomerantz Center, Room D207
    Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 pm

    No reservations required

    In this science fiction drama, Tilda Swinton plays fours parts, including Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist who downloads her own DNA and combines it with a computer software to produce three Self-Replicating Automatons (SRAs) who rely on sperm to survive. Unfortunately, they leave the males they seduce with a strange virus that overtakes both their bodies and their computers. Teknolust addresses cyber-identity and artificial intelligence from a feminist perspective. Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson, the film won the Feature Film Prize in Science and Technology at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2002. Leeson will be at the screening to discuss the film and answer questions afterward.

    The Film and Media Screening Series is supported by the Diversity Council; the Student-Faculty Corporation; the School of Liberal Arts; the Department of Film, Media, and Performing Arts; and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

    Lynn Hershman Leeson. Photo: Lisa K. Blatt.

    ARTSpeak Lecture Series
    Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

    Thursday April 6, 2:30 pm

    No reservations required

    Over the last five decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has received international acclaim for her art and films. She is recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression.

    The ARTSpeak event is made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.

    Reading of the Names of Holocaust Victims

    FIT Dining Hall, Dubinsky Student Center

    Thursday, April 6, 9 am and 2 pm

    FIT’s Holocaust Commemoration Committee hosts a reading of names from among the six million victims, giving recognition to the victims whose lives were cut short by genocide. Community members join the event by volunteering to read, and those who would like to participate are encouraged to bring names of family members or friends to add to the prepared list of names. To arrange a time to read, contact Mina Friedmann, 212 217.3570 or Fran Kalish, 212 217.3583.

    Rethinking a Refugee Crisis: Jewish Survivors in Occupied Germany—and Refugees Today

    Film and Media Screening Room, Pomerantz Center, Room D207
    Thursday, April 6, 1 pm

    No reservations required

    As part of FIT’s Holocaust Remembrance Day events, Dr. Atina Grossmann, professor of history at the Cooper Union, will discuss the reappearance of traumatized Jewish refugees in Allied-occupied Germany in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust. Grossmann chronicles the hunger, disease, and homelessness of these refugees. She will untangle—with gripping and unforgettable details—the stories of Jewish survivors inside and outside the displaced-persons camps of the American zone as they built families and reconstructed identities. ​

    Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]), cape and dress from Desert Heat Collection, 2012, silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers, beads, and silver. Photo: Nate Francis/Unék Photography. Hair and makeup: Dina DeVore. Model: Mona Bear.

    Native/American Fashion: Inspiration, Appropriation, and Cultural Identity

    National Museum of the American Indian

    1 Bowling Green
    Saturday, April 22, 10:30 am

    Native/American Fashion: Inspiration, Appropriation, and Cultural Identity will bring together experts to explore fashion as a creative endeavor and an expression of cultural identity; the history of Native fashion; issues of problematic cultural appropriation in the field, and examples of creative collaborations and best practices between Native designers and fashion brands. The program features distinguished academic and legal scholars and fashion designers and editors, including FIT faculty members Anna Blume and Daniel James Cole, along with Joe Horse Capture, Adrienne Keene, Karen Kramer, Jessica Metcalfe, Lynette Nylander, Virgil Ortiz, Sherry Farrell Racette, Susan Scafidi, and Timothy Shannon. Moderated by Kathleen Ash-Milby and FIT faculty members Eileen Karp and Amy Werbel.

    The symposium is held as a part of the exhibition Native Fashion Now currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York (NMAI) and is co-sponsored by the NMAI and FIT.

    RSVP by April 15th to or 212 514.3750

    Film and Media Screening Series
    Touch with Director Shelly Silver

    Film and Media Screening Room, Pomerantz Center, Room D207
    Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 pm
    No reservations required

    Touch, directed by Shelly Silver, is a sensual cinematic essay on loss and presence. In the film, a man returns to his childhood home in Chinatown after 50 years to care for his dying mother. Throughout the film, he remains nameless. He is a librarian, a re-cataloguer, a gay man, a watcher, an impersonator. He passes his time collecting images that he puts before us—his witnesses and collaborators. Touch (2013) was awarded the Prix Patrimoine de l’immatériel/The Intangible Heritage Award by the Ministry of Culture and Communication/Cinéma du Réel and was named Best LGBT Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Silver will be at the screening and will answer questions afterward.

    The Film and Media Screening Series is supported by the Diversity Council; the Student-Faculty Corporation; the School of Liberal Arts; the Department of Film, Media, and Performing Arts; and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

    UCE of FIT Lecture
    Street Vendors and Community Organizing in New York City

    Dubinsky Alcove

    Dubinsky Student Center
    Monday, May 1, 5 pm

    No reservations required

    French scholar Sirine Mechbal will present her research on street vendors in New York City (with specific focus on Egyptian and Mexican vendors) and the Street Vendor Project.

    Talking Trade at FIT
    International Trade, Post-Election

    Robert Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center
    Thursday, May 4, 6:30 pm

    No reservations required

    As part of World Trade Month, a panel of experts will discuss the implications of the new executive branch’s agenda on free-trade agreements, duty savings from first sale, eco-friendly materials, and intellectual property protection.

    Pamela Church, partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, and International Trade and Marketing program Advisory Board member

    Julie K. Hughes, president, U.S. Fashion Industry of America
    Mary Jo Muoio, senior vice president, Geodis USA

    Cynthia F. Whittenburg, deputy executive commissioner, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Erin Williamson, trade compliance analyst at Geodis USA

    This event is part of the Talking Trade at FIT lecture series, organized by the International Trade and Marketing program. This panel discussion was arranged by Robert Chi Quee, senior vice president of Geodis USA and an International Trade and Marketing program Advisory Board member, in collaboration with the New York District Export Council.

    2017 Graduating Student Exhibition

    Saturday, May 13–25

    Various locations and hours; see below

    FIT showcases the work of more than 800 students graduating from the School of Art and Design throughout the FIT campus. Works on display at The Museum at FIT can be seen during museum hours: Monday-Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. The John E. Reeves Great Hall and Marvin Feldman Lobby will be open daily from 9 am to 9 pm for the exhibition.

    For details, visit hibit.

    Fashion and Textile Studies Symposium
    Dressing New York: Identity and Experience

    Robert Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center
    Saturday, May 13, 12 pm

    No reservations required

    As a major commercial and cultural capital, New York is the center of the American fashion industry, home of fashion innovators in design, production, and retail. Creators of both luxurious custom clothing and ready-to-wear sportswear have always found a place in New York, as have the retailers who marketed and sold these items and the journalists who authored the fashion news for the American public. Yet the New York dress experience goes beyond the industry, encompassing a diversity of expressions of individuals and subcultures, all drawn to the city’s energy.

    In this symposium, students in FIT’s MA program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice will present papers on a range of topics that investigate New York dress in the 19th and 20th centuries. From issues of gender and dress reform to design milestones and triumphs of the mainstream fashion system, New Yorkers have always reimagined and reinvented themselves through dress.

    Nicole Kidman wearing John Galliano for Dior. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage, 1997.

    Red Carpet Style
    Hal Rubenstein

    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
    Tuesday, May 16, 6 pm
    Reservations required

    Hal Rubenstein returns to MFIT for an exciting conversation about contemporary style. The author of books such as 100 Unforgettable Dresses, Rubenstein has observed that “the right dress on the right woman at the right time creates this memorable moment that influences how we see beauty, how we see femininity.” He will discuss the influence of red carpet looks on today’s society.

    To register, go to or call 212 217.4585.

    Ken Downing

    The Changing World of Luxury Retail
    Ken Downing

    Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
    Tuesday, May 23, 6 pm

    Join Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director for luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, for a discussion of the fashion industry’s current state of affairs from Downing’s singular, knowledgeable, insightful, and always humorous point of view. Downing travels the globe as an international ambassador, tracking trends from the front row, backstage, and in the streets. His insider’s view of the industry is inspiring and unparalleled.

    All Fashion Culture events are free, but registration is required. register online here call 212 217.4585, or email

    City Source

    John E. Reeves Great Hall, Pomerantz Center
    Wednesday, June 14, 12 pm

    Tickets required

    The City Source Symposium, an extension of the City Source local supplier showcase, will provide an educational forum for manufacturers, designers, and brands to learn about the latest technological innovations that are transforming apparel manufacturing today. The event will also focus on available government and other programs offered to manufacturers, designers, and brands to assist the local manufacturing effort. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC), Workforce Development Institute, and New York City Business Solutions, as well as the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Pratt, have programs available to assist businesses in the areas of production assistance, finance, relocation, training, and equipment acquisition.

    The program features three panel groups, as well as a speed-networking event at the end of the program so participants are able to access the available resources.

    This event is $25; get tickets here.


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      The Museum at FIT: Exhibitions

      NFLxFIT: Visual System Design Contest and Exhibition

      Gallery FIT
      Friday, April 14–29

      As part of a design contest sponsored by the National Football League (NFL), FIT students designed new visual presentations of the NFL’s team logos and fan cultures, with a particular eye for targeting Millennial and Gen Z audiences. The work of student participants and the winning designs will be on display in The Museum at FIT’s Gallery FIT, April 14 through 29. The NFL will offer the winning design concept system to their professional teams’ licensees for branding and merchandise uses.

      Couture Future (ready-to-wear label by André Courrèges), pantsuit wool blend, 1968, France, gift of Mrs. Phillip Schwartz.

      Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968
      Special Exhibitions Gallery
      Through April 15, 2017

      Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968 examines the significant role that Paris played during one of the most fascinating and groundbreaking periods in fashion history. In 1957, 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent was made creative director of the esteemed couture house of Christian Dior. His first solo collection for Dior included his A-line “trapeze” dresses, ushering in an unmistakable shift toward more relaxed and ultimately more youthful designs—and with it, dramatic changes to the couture fashion industry.

      By 1963, a group of young French ready-to-wear designers known as the stylistes had begun to make an impact on fashion both in their home country and abroad. Their of-the-minute fashions, which were favored by style arbiters such as Brigitte Bardot, presented an unexpected challenge to the more staid, costly, and labor-intensive creations of the couturiers. By 1968, some of the best-known couturiers—including Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, and André Courrèges—were presenting ready-to-wear lines in addition to their couture creations. Paris Refashioned reveals the shift from the unassailable dominance of the haute couture to the newfound influence of ready-to-wear.

      Read more about Paris Refashioned.

      Stephen Burrows, coatdress, wool, Fall 1970, USA, gift of Stephen Burrows.

      Black Fashion Designers
      Fashion and Textile History Gallery
      Through May 16, 2017

      Black Fashion Designers examines the impact made by designers of African descent on the world of fashion. Drawing exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, the exhibition features approximately 75 fashion objects that illustrate the individual styles of more than 60 designers, placing them within a wider fashion context. Objects date from the 1950s to the present, including mid-century evening gowns by Anne Lowe and the jovial, yet controversial, work of Patrick Kelly from the 1980s. Contemporary pieces include Lagos-based designer Maki Oh’s spring 2013 dress, which re-conceptualizes Nigerian traditions, and pieces from the latest runways of established designers such as Tracy Reese and emerging talents such as Charles Harbison. The exhibition addresses the influence of black fashion models as well, by highlighting milestone events, such as “The Ebony Fashion Fair.” Black Fashion Designers intends to enliven the conversation about historic and ongoing issues of diversity within the fashion industry. It honors the creative talents of designers who are often overlooked and provides a fresh, holistic view of the fashion industry, emphasizing the significant roles in culture and society played by black designers.

      Read more about Black Fashion Designers

      Alexander McQueen, Plato’s Atlantis collection, Spring 2010, England, museum purchase.

      Force of Nature
      Fashion and Textile History Gallery
      May 30–November 18, 2017

      Force of Nature examines how the beauty and complexity of the natural world have inspired fashion designers for centuries. The exhibition places more than 95 objects from MFIT’s permanent collection, dating from the 18th century to the present, within a context of period philosophies and scientific literature in order to demonstrate the deep interconnectedness between fashion and nature. A 1775 robe à l’anglaise with a naturalistic pattern of fruit and flowers illustrates a movement toward simple dress influenced by philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, who urged a return to nature. A dress by Alexander McQueen from his acclaimed final collection in 2010 presents a meditation upon Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and concern over climate change. More than a survey of flora, fauna, and geology as merely decorative, the exhibition reveals the natural world as a nexus of ideas and symbolism in fashion design. Force of Nature aims to contribute to today’s important ongoing conversation about society’s relationship with the natural world and humankind’s place within it.


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        I did go to an event a few weeks ago there on french fashions of the 60s- was a free event and needed to reserve- their curator is the best there