Conference: "Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage & Freedom"
Mar
4
10:00 am10:00

Conference: "Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage & Freedom"

  • Weeksville Heritage Center

I will be moderating the panel discussion, “Fashion & the Peculiar Institution” at 1:00pm during this crucial conference organized by my colleague Jonathan Michael Square.

Description:

Scholars often encounter difficulty finding sufficient source material when researching the way in which enslaved people have understood themselves and their place in the world. Yet, the experience of Africans who have been enslaved and of their descendants is not wholly absent from historical records. One entry point into acquiring an understanding of the experience of these enslaved people is through how they were forced or chose to dress and adorn themselves. Fashion was one of the few arenas in which slaves had an opportunity to exert a modicum of control because it was, in spite a number of constraints, open to their adaptation. For slaves, as for all groups, fashion has constituted a rich, unique medium for complex cultural expression. This conference will explore some of the many facets of the intersection between slavery and fashion, bringing scholars, designers, and artists into conversation around this understudied (and often challenged) topic.

This event is sold out.

Image: "Sarah Forbes" by Ayana V. Jackson, courtesy Fashioning the Self.

Panel: "Art and Representation in a Time of Crisis: A Roundtable Conversation"
Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

Panel: "Art and Representation in a Time of Crisis: A Roundtable Conversation"

  • Pratt Institute, Engineering Building, Room 307

From Pratt Institute:

Location: Engineering Building, Room 307, Brooklyn Campus

What is the role of art in times of global political, economic, and social upheaval? What does representation (on all levels) mean in an age of twenty-four hour news, cable and reality television, and burgeoning, at-your-fingertips social media platforms? Taking its cue from two of James Baldwin's landmark, mid-century essays on the responsibility and process of the artist, this panel of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners will consider these questions and more as they explore the responsibility of the artist in a climate of revanchist politics and pervasive anxiety.

Panelists include:

Patricia J. Williams (Columbia University), Mira Schor (Painter and Writer), Jacolby Satterwhite(Artist), Rashida Bumbray (Choreographer) 

Moderator: Rich Blint, Ph.D., 2016-2017 Scholar-in-Residence, MFA Program in Performance and Performance Studies, Department of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute

 

 

Oct
4
6:00 pm18:00

Panel: "Diversity in Fashion–From Concept to Runway"

  • Brooklyn Borough Hall

For those of you in New York City and Brooklyn, I have the pleasure of speaking on a panel (alongside Refinery29 editor Connie Wang) to discuss the state of diversity within the fashion system–from education to business. See you there?

Sep
13
10:00 am10:00

Project Launch: "The Fashion and Race Syllabus"

I am very excited to share a new research project that I have co-authored alongside my Parsons School of Design peer, Rikki Byrd, entitled, "The Fashion and Race Syllabus" . This evolving, online-based resource seeks to organize and call attention to scholarship that addresses the intersection of fashion and race, and decentralizes Western fashion history.

Our mission is as follows: 

"In 2008, writer Vicki Woods posed a bold and unsettling question in Vogue magazine’s July issue: “Is Fashion Racist?” It meant something, for one of fashion’s most prestigious publications to acknowledge, or at least beg the question, of racism in the aspirational industry that is fashion. This question evokes a topic worthy of further study, as new conversations in fashion criticism have emerged in recent years to further complicate existing discourses as it pertains to the social construct of race and ethnicity, challenging accepted standards of beauty and shifting the power dynamic within the fashion system. Through selected readings and links to resources in the media, this syllabus will investigate the ways in which fashioned identities emerge within a racialized context in an effort to gain access, visibility and power.

While reading, please note that this list is by no means exhaustive, though we are optimistic that our syllabus will expand as the discourse regarding fashion and race broadens its authorship and becomes concretized within the academic discipline of Fashion Studies. Building upon the interdisciplinary nature of fashion, this living  document revisits classic texts and celebrates new research within neighboring fields such as Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, ultimately developing a framework that decentralizes and complicates our understanding of fashion history."

Photo credit: Alen MacWeeney, photo project, "New York Subways" (1977)

Photo credit: Alen MacWeeney, photo project, "New York Subways" (1977)

Call for Contributors: The Fashion Studies Journal
Jun
28
Jul 12

Call for Contributors: The Fashion Studies Journal

Deadline: July 12, 2016

I am proud to be spearheading the relaunch of The Fashion Studies Journal alongside my co-founder and co- Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Downing Peters. FSJ's brilliant editorial team includes co-founder Laura Snelgrove (Editor-at-Large), Stephanie Kramer (Managing Editor), Sara Idacavage, Adelle McElveen and Tessa Maffucci (Associate Editors).

We are looking for contributors who can deliver accessible and critical editorial content on fashion and culture with academic rigor behind it. FSJ's relaunch is scheduled for this September and you can subscribe for updates on our website.

Panel: Fashion & Women in Tech
May
10
6:00 pm18:00

Panel: Fashion & Women in Tech

  • The New School, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

From the Fashion and Diversity Series at The New School:

Join Liz BacelarMadison MaxeyBirce Ozkan and a representative fromXRC Labs for a conversation on the importance of women in technology. Each panelist shares their process for innovative thinking, interest in design and why gender inclusion is well-overdue in the field of technology.

Before the event, be sure to fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Rebecca Minkoff bag. After the event, join the panelists for a reception and small exhibition of their innovative designs. 

About the Panelists:

Liz Bacelar is the founder of Decoded Fashion, the top global event series connecting decision-makers in fashion and retail to new technologies. The summits have taken place in London, Milan, and Tokyo and are produced with partners such as CFDA, BFC, IMG, Condé Nast and Pitti Immagine. She is also an Emmy-nominated journalist and producer, angel investor and advisor of startups.

Madison Maxey's interests lie between 2nd generation wearable technology, additive manufacturing and computational design. She is the founder and president of The Crated, a design and engineering studio integrating technology and apparel with an impressive client list including North Face, Milk Studios and Zac Posen. In 2016 she appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and NBC's BLK 28 Under 28, along with several other innovators making waves in design, technology, media and beyond. She has held fellowships and residencies with Thiel, General Assembly, BF+DA and more.

Birce Ozkan is a fashion technology and interactive designer based in New York. She studied international relations and business administration at Koc University in Istanbul and completed a MFA Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design, where she currently teaches Interactive Garments class. She recently won best Wearable Technology Design Award in Fiber Arts at ISWC/Ubicomp Design Exhibition Osaka, Japan. She showcased her projects at ISWC Design Exhibition Osaka, Interlaced Fashion Tech Runway Show London, Make: Wearable on Runway Show at Javits Center NY and SXSW Austin TX 2015. Her work has been published internationally in many prestigious publications including ISWC/Ubicomp, Fast Co Design, Dezeen and several more.

RC Labs is an innovation accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sector. It is a joint venture between Kurt Salmon, Parsons School of Design and Harvard Innovation Lab. XRC Labs provides workspace on the Parsons' campus, access to capital, mentoring and operational support to emerging companies in the retail and consumer good industry.

This event is sponsored and supported by University Student Senate, the School of Art and Design History and Theory, the School of Fashion, XRC Labs and Rebecca Minkoff.

2016 Pratt Institute Fashion Show & Cocktail Benefit
May
5
6:00 pm18:00

2016 Pratt Institute Fashion Show & Cocktail Benefit

  • Spring Studios

From Pratt Institute:

2016 Pratt Institute Fashion Show + Cocktail Benefit

Honoring Harold Koda, Former Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fashion Show + Award Presentation

Thursday, May 5, 6 PM

Showcasing collections by the Department of Fashion Class of 2016

Cocktail Benefit to Follow

Thursday, May 5, 7:30 PM

Spring Studios

50 Varick Street

New York, NY 10013

For information and tickets:

www.pratt.edu/fashionshow

fashionshow@pratt.edu
718.399.4548

Proceeds benefit Pratt scholarship funds and the Institute’s Department of Fashion.

Image: Work by Katya Reily (B.F.A. Fashion Design ’15)

Talk: Caroline Evans on Fashion, Memory and Materiality
May
5
5:30 pm17:30

Talk: Caroline Evans on Fashion, Memory and Materiality

  • The New School, Room UL104

From The New School

Join the school of Art and Design, History and Theory for a public talk given by Professor Caroline Evans, Research Leader in the Fashion Programme at Central Saint Martins, where she convenes the Fashion History and Theory Research Group.

This exploratory talk surveys some of the objects, ideas and approaches behind my current research project into the material and immaterial cultures of fashion. Ranging from a 1920s couture dress label by Madeleine Vionnet to a cigarette burn in an Alexander McQueen dress from the 1990s, it investigates the transient materiality of fashion garments that are at once both object and event.

About the speaker:

Professor Evans studied art history at the University of Sussex. Her first book on fashion history and theory was published in 1989 and since then she has written extensively on twentieth-century and contemporary fashion. She has been a consultant to international fashion exhibitions at the V&A (London), Museum of London, Musé Galliera (Paris) and others. She is the author of several exhibition catalogue essays on designers including Paul Poiret, Hussein Chalayan and Victor & Rolf.

This event is open to the pulic and will take place in The New School's University Center on the lower level (Room U L104).

This event is sponsored by the School of Art and Design History and Theory, and is part of Parsons Festival 2016.

ABOUT PARSONS FESTIVAL//

Parsons Festival is an annual series of art and design events in which cutting-edge student work is presented to the Parsons community and the public. The festival takes place at the end of each academic year and includes thesis exhibitions and critiques, thought-provoking public programs, interactive installations, gallery openings, workshops, and special events.

In Conversation: Alber Elbaz
May
3
5:00 pm17:00

In Conversation: Alber Elbaz

  • The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium, U100

From The New School

Parsons School of Design is pleased to welcome Alber Elbaz, former creative director of Lanvin, in conversation with Kim Hastreiter, Founder/Editor/Publisher of Paper Magazine, and Julie Gilhart, Fashion Consultant.

With welcome remarks by Burak Cakmak, Dean of Parsons School of Fashion.

Doors open: 4:30pm

Talk: 5:00 - 6:30pm

Join the conversation:

@Parsons_Fashion

#ParsonsFashion

Sponsored by the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design.

Panel: "Food as Fashion, Food and Fashion"
May
1
10:30 am10:30

Panel: "Food as Fashion, Food and Fashion"

  • Wythe Hotel

From Food Book Fair

All food comes from somewhere. But when it exists as a snapshot of a popular dish at a popular restaurant, or mentioned in a click-bait listicle, that origin isn't always so clear. From bone marrow to bone broth, this panel explores what we talk abut when we talk about eating today, and how to recontextualize popular foods in relation to history, culture and food systems in the age of #trends. 

Christophe Hille, CFO of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Doria Santlofer, fashion stylist and executor of Joy Santlofer's "Food City"

Maria Rodale, chairman and CEO, Rodale Inc., author of "Scratch"

Koel Thomae, co-founder of Noosa

Noah Fecks, moderator, food photographer and author of "The Way We Ate"

"Tables of Contents": Their Eyes Were Watching God
Apr
30
7:00 pm19:00

"Tables of Contents": Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • Egg

From Food Book Fair:

Our annual literary collaboration dinner with Egg restaurant, where great works of literature are at the center of the feast. This year, we cook from Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God," for a lush Southern-inspired dinner featuring readings and special surprises. 
Exhibition: Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania
Apr
22
Sep 18

Exhibition: Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania

  • Bard Graduate Center Gallery

From Bard Graduate Center Gallery:

"Focusing on Oceania—the vast region encompassing Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the tropical Pacific Islands—Frontier Shores explores how anthropology was used by colonial powers to justify and gain control over the resources and lives of the various native peoples, how collection both described and pacified the frontier, and how marginalized peoples adapted to, resisted, or otherwise exerted their own power and agency in the colonial context."

Tatanua (mask for funerary ceremony). Malagan culture, New Ireland, Nusa Island, Papua New Guinea, late 19th century. Wood, shell, pigment, plant fiber, seed, resin, bark cloth, paper. Courtesy of the Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, ST/ 691

Book Signing: Bonnie Cashin: Chic is Where You Find It
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Book Signing: Bonnie Cashin: Chic is Where You Find It

  • Rizzoli Bookstore

From Rizzoli Bookstore

"Bonnie Cashin is credited with many fashion "firsts," including introducing the concept of layering and championing such timeless shapes as ponchos, tunics, and kimonos. She is acclaimed for inventing the "it bag," with her classic handbag designs for Coach in the early 1960s. Brimming with a half-century of creative work, Bonnie Cashin celebrates the designer’s incredible, well-traveled life and her revolutionary designs with an unflinching, happy elegance. For more information, click here."

I plan to attend wearing my very own Bonnie Cashin coat from 1970!

2016 National PCA/ACA Conference
Mar
23
9:45 am09:45

2016 National PCA/ACA Conference

  • Seattle, WA

I will be presenting a paper that explores fashioning resilience through dress, cosmetics and other "body projects" as part of a collaboratively themed panel alongside my Parsons Fashion Studies colleagues (and Fashion Studies Journal co-editors): Lauren Downing Peters, Laura Snelgrove and Anya Kurennaya.

 

Black Portraiture[s] II: Revisited
Feb
19
Feb 20

Black Portraiture[s] II: Revisited

  • NYU

From NYU Tisch

This two-day event reconstructs a selection of panels from the most recent conference in the series held at Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy here at New York University's Washington Square campus.  

Black Portraiture[s] II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories, explored the impulses, ideas, and techniques undergirding the production of self-representation and desire, and the exchange of the gaze from the 19th century to the present day in fashion, film, art, and the archives. Thus, the seventh conference will revisit that amazing experience that attracted over 800 attendees – an occasion that brought together artists and scholars from an assortment of disciplines and practices and offered comparative perspectives on the historical and contemporary role played by photography, art, film, literature, and music in referencing the image of the black body in the West. 

Discussions will focus on aesthetics, style, history, and music in describing a sense of place and identity. The conference will also invite visitors to conduct a diverse visual reading of the notion of a black portrait while challenging conventional perspectives on identity, beauty, cosmopolitanism, and community in Africa and its diaspora.  We hope you will join us in New York City!

Organized by NYU Tisch Office of the Dean, Allyson Green, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the School of the Arts at NYU along with Awam Amkpa (Social and Cultural Analysis; NYU), Ulrich Baer (Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity; NYU), Manthia Diawara (Institute of African American Affairs; NYU), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Hutchins Center for African and American Research; Harvard), Thelma Golden (Studio Museum in Harlem), Robert Holmes, J.D. (NYU Alumnus), Ellyn Toscano (Villa La Pietra; NYU) and Deborah Willis (Department of Photography & Imaging; NYU). 

Film Screening and Q&A with Director Frédéric Tcheng: "Dior and I"
Feb
17
6:00 pm18:00

Film Screening and Q&A with Director Frédéric Tcheng: "Dior and I"

  • Pratt Institute Design Center Gallery

As part of the Pratt School of Design Spring Film Series, I will be presenting the timely and thoughtful film, "Dior and I" (Frédéric Tcheng, 2014). A screening of the film along with a Q&A with director Frédéric Tcheng (who has also directed the film, "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel")  hopes to encourage a more broad appreciation of the art of couture as well as an acknowledgement of the creative end financial pressure placed upon the world's most celebrated designers.

This event is free and open to the public.


Panel Discussion: "Fashion and Race"
Feb
12
6:00 pm18:00

Panel Discussion: "Fashion and Race"

  • Room UL105, University Center

On Friday, February 12th, I will be speaking as a featured panelist on the topic of fashion and race.

From The New School:

Join Senior Fashion Editor of the Huffington Post, Julee Wilson, as she moderates a conversation with designers, editors, scholars and more on new narratives of blackness in fashion. From designers telling their stories through design during New York Fashion Week to scholars groundbreaking work on the compelling histories of Africans and African Americans’ styling practices, this conversation will cover how young black fashion industry professionals are rearticulating what it really means to tackle racial diversity.


The event is part of the “Black History Month at Parsons” programming supported by the School of Fashion and the University Student Senate.

Follow the conversation online at #fashionanddiversity

"ASIANS WEAR CLOTHES ON THE INTERNET" with Minh-Ha T. Pham, Thuy Linh Tu, and Arabelle Sicardi
Feb
11
7:00 pm19:00

"ASIANS WEAR CLOTHES ON THE INTERNET" with Minh-Ha T. Pham, Thuy Linh Tu, and Arabelle Sicardi

  • Asian American Writers' Workshop

From the Asian American Writers' Workshop:

Copresented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Asian American Writers' Workshop

Rumi Neely. Susie Bubble. BryanBoy. Asian personal superbloggers dominate the Internet. In Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press, 2015 ), Minh-Ha T. Pham examines the phenomenal rise of elite Asian diasporic bloggers who have made a career of posting photographs of themselves wearing clothes on the Internet. NYU Associate Professor Thuy Linh Tu (The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion) and beauty and fashion politics blogger Arabelle Sicardi (Teen Vogue and ROOKIE, among many outlets) join Pham in a discussion on “Asian taste,” racialized eliteness, and the digital fashion economy.

Reserve a seat for this incredible event.
$5 dollar suggested donation
Open to the public

A Lecture on Fashion and Art: Elizabeth Cutler
Feb
10
5:00 pm17:00

A Lecture on Fashion and Art: Elizabeth Cutler

  • Room M101, SCJ Design Center

From Parsons The New School for Design:

E. P. Cutler is the co-author of Art + Fashion: Collaborations and Connections Between Icons (2015), and New York Times bestseller PANTONE on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design (2014). She was the Archival Researcher on the film Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

Ms. Cutler received her Master of Arts in Fashion Studies from Parsons The New School for Design. She lives between New York and Paris, and is currently working on her first biography.

This event is sponsored by The School of Art and Design History and Theory.

"Fashion & Jazz": A Conversation with Alphonso McClendon
Feb
2
6:00 pm18:00

"Fashion & Jazz": A Conversation with Alphonso McClendon

  • The New School, Room I205

From the "Fashion and Diversity Series at The New School":

The Fashion and Diversity Series at The New School is a dynamic lineup of events featuring conversations on the intersections of fashion and culture. From race and fashion to women in the media, the series tackles the core of diversity in fashion and unveil, inspire and empower attendees to not just talk about diversity, but also challenge them to critically engage and work toward solutions.

Join Alphonso McClendon, author of Fashion and Jazz, as he discusses the fascinating history of fashion’s dialogue with African American art and style, from Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong to many in between and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public with RSVP.

NJAL Forum: "The Fashion Force of New York City"
Dec
10
6:00 pm18:00

NJAL Forum: "The Fashion Force of New York City"

  • Waldorf Astoria New York

From Not Just a Label

THE FASHION FORCE OF NEW YORK CITY
The Realities of Designing Inside the Five Boroughs

NJAL Designer Bliss Lau leads an illustrious panel of New York City’s fashion iconoclasts to discuss the reality of practicing fashion today, and how the local industry can welcome and benefit from diverse design backgrounds from all five boroughs of New York City.

ADAM SELMAN, Designer, Adam Selman
BECCA MCCHAREN, Designer & CEO, Chromat
JASON ROSS, Designer, Artemas Quibble
MARCIA PATMOS, Designer, M.Patmos
GABI ASFOUR, Designer, ThreeAsFour
JES WADE, Designer, Jes Wade
Moderator: BLISS LAU, Founder, Bliss Lau

NJAL Forum: "The Future of NYC Fashion Education"
Dec
9
6:00 pm18:00

NJAL Forum: "The Future of NYC Fashion Education"

  • Waldorf Astoria New York

As part of Not Just a Label's upcoming program featuring panel discussions and workshops, I will be speaking alongside New York's most esteemed educators in fashion design on Wednesday, December 9th at 6pm.

From NJAL

THE FUTURE OF NYC FASHION EDUCATION

Nurturing the Next Generation of Creative Catalysts in New York

The CFDA’s Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education & Professional Development at the CFDA will be joined by a panel of esteemed educators from New York City’s most iconic fashion institutions, to investigate why a cohesive commitment towards nurturing tomorrow’s thought leaders, through an integrative approach to design, will catalyze creativity in fashion.

SHELLEY FOX, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, Parsons School of Design
SASS BROWN, Acting Associate Dean for the School of Art and Design, Fashion Institute of Technology
KIM JENKINS, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute
JONATHAN KYLE FARMER, Professor and Chair, MFA Fashion Design School of Graduate Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology
DEB JOHNSON, Executive Director at Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
Moderator: SARA KOZLOWSKI, Director of Education, CFDA