Fashion and Physique Symposium

fashion-and-physique-symposium-coverFriday, February 23, 10 am – 5 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

Fashion and Physique is the nineteenth fashion symposium to be organized by The Museum at FIT. Lectures and panels include topics such as the emergence of the plus-size fashion industry in the early twentieth century, the impact of popular culture on how we assess the female body, and fashion accessibility for the disabled in the technological age. With this symposium and the exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique, MFIT hopes to foster a dialogue about how the fashion industry has contributed to the marginalization of certain body types, and to shed new light on the work of designers, models, and activists who challenge what constitutes the “ideal” fashion body. Learn more about the symposium.

Cover: Martin Margiela, tunic, 1997, Belgium. Photograph © MFIT.

The Body: Fashion and Physique Talk & Tours

Wednesday, March 21 | 10:30 am
Wednesday, April 18 | 10:30 am

The Body: Fashion and Physique explores the complex history of the “perfect” body in fashion. Full hips, narrow hips, feminine waists, and boyish frames have each, at different times, been hailed as the pinnacle of beauty. This exhibition explores the cultural impact of this shifting ideal, as well as the contemporary movement toward greater inclusiveness.

Talk and Tours begin in the museum lobby. Reservations are required.

Photo: Christian Siriano, dress, faille crêpe, 2016, USA, © MFIT.

Film: Straight/Curve

fc-sp18-straight-curveTuesday, April 10, 6 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Join us for a screening of Straight/Curve, an exciting new documentary that examines the body image crisis. Ninety percent of women and young girls say that they feel unrepresented in the fashion industry and that the imagery they consume daily makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than.” The film showcases fashion leaders who are ghting for more diversity of size, race, and age. After the screening, director Jenny McQuaile and Meredith Rollins, editor in chief of Redbook magazine, will discuss topics addressed in Straight/Curve. Register online.

Photo: Poster courtesy of Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image.