The Annual Research Symposium- Crisis as Catalyst in Systems of Dress

Crisis as Catalyst in Systems of Dress

Please join the students of the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, Museum Practice Program at FIT’s School of Graduate Studies for their  Annual Research Symposium this coming Saturday May 7th.

thats_torn POSTCARD rvsd 4-11  Fashion’s ability to mirror society is especially evident during times of crisis. The weakening or collapse of social stability is often directly reflected in changes in dress, which respond to the new behavioral norms created by political or economic turmoil. Fashion can provide a means of escape from harsh new realities or embody newly created aspirations for the future.

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, exploring the effects of crisis on dress, from the French Revolution to the present day. From individuals to entire populations, people use dress as a tool for navigating the liminality of crisis. In the next couple of days leading to the symposium we will share with you the abstracts of the papers that will be presented. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you can join!


Saturday, May 7, 2016, noon–5 pm

Robert Lagary Board Room

Marvin Feldman Center, Ninth Floor

Fashion Institute of Technology

Seventh Avenue at 27th Street




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