Symposium: Dressing New York: Identity and Experience 5/13, 12-6pm NYC

Students in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fashion and Textile Studies Master of Arts program have organized a daylong symposium that takes place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from noon-6 p.m. Details below, hope to see you there!

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The Annual Research Symposium of the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, Museum Practice Program at FIT’s School of Graduate Studies

A 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 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 energy of this place of extremes.

In this symposium, students in FIT’s MA program in Fashion and Textile Studies will present papers on a range of topics, investigating 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 reimagine and reinvent themselves through dress.