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Black Fashion Designers Symposium

Monday, February 6, 2017
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

The Museum at FIT hosted a one-day symposium on February 6, 2017, featuring talks by designers, models, journalists, and scholars on African diasporic culture and fashion. A provisional list of speakers for the symposium and Spring 2017 Fashion Culture program series included writer Teri Agins, stylist June Ambrose, journalist and photographer Dario Calmese, Professor Alphonso McClendon, designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs, Dapper Dan of Harlem, designer Grace Wales Bonner, former model and founder of The Diversity Coalition Bethann Hardison, Professor Monica Miller, designer Mimi Plange, Professor Eric Darnell Pritchard, Professor Elena Romero, Professor Victoria Rovine, costume designer Jeriana San Juan, and model Veronica Webb.

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Between The Lines: Model Behavior with Pat Cleveland and Coco Mitchell

February 27, 2017
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New York, New York

Presented in partnership with our latest exhibition Black Fashion Designers, this program celebrated the audacity of fashion trailblazers Pat Cleveland and Coco Mitchell, while exploring paths taken by black models, designers, and industry insiders to render visible diverse aesthetics found in communities of color around the world.

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Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage & Freedom

Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage & Freedom

March 4, 2017
Weeksville Heritage Center
New York, New York

MFIT curatorial assistant Elizabeth Way participated on a panel discussion alongside Noel Corbin, Kim Jenkins, and Katie Knowles for the “Fashion & the Peculiar Institution”. This panel discussion will explore connections between the institution of slavery and the fashion system.