FIT Annual Symposium

Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 2008, 9am-5pm
Fashion Institute of Technology
Haft Auditorium, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
Marvin Feldman Center (C Building), 2nd floor

In conjunction with a major exhibition on Madame Grès, The FIT annual fashion symposium will focus on the theme of great designers. Pre-registration deadline is March 1, 2008

Download: Registration Form (pdf)
For more information or to RSVP, call 212 217 4585 or email

List of Speakers:

Andrew Bolton is curator at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His recent exhibitions include Poiret: King of Fashion and AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion.

Boudicca is the London-based design duo of Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby. Named after the English warrior queen, Boudicca designs both couture and ready-to-wear.

Hamish Bowles is European editor-at-large for Vogue and editor-in-chief of Vogue Living. His latest publications include contributions to Carolina Herrera: Portrait of a Fashion Icon and Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People.

Maria Cornejo was the recipient of the 2006 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. The Zero + Maria Cornejo collection is presented biannually during New York Fashion Week, and in Milan and Paris.

Kaat Debo is artistic director of the Mode Museum in Antwerp, where she has conceived numerous exhibitions and publications. She recently became editor-inchief of A Magazine.

Caroline Evans is professor of fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Her recent books are Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness and the co-authored The London Look: Fashion from Street to Catwalk.

Linda Fargo is senior vice president and women’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. She is also a member of the Couture Council Advisory Committee.

Michael Fink is vice president and women’s fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue. He is a member of the Couture Council Advisory Committee, Fashion Group International, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Jessica Glasscock is a writer, college instructor, and independent curator. She is currently curating a retrospective on Stephen Sprouse at Deitch Projects. She is the author of Striptease: From Gaslight to Spotlight.

Pamela Golbin is curator-in-chief at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile of the Palais du Louvre. Her most recent exhibition, a Balenciaga retrospective, opened July 2006. She is author of Twentieth Century Fashion Since World War II and Balenciaga Paris.

Timothy Long is curator of costume at the Chicago History Museum. His most recent exhibition, Chic Chicago: Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum, was co-curated with Dr. Valerie Steele.

Patricia Mears is deputy director of The Museum at FIT and author of Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion.

Clare Sauro is assistant curator of accessories at The Museum at FIT, where she co-curated Dutch at the Edge of Design: Fashion and Textiles from The Netherlands.

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT. She is also editor-in-chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture.

Anna Sui designs exuberantly original clothes, which are sold in 30 countries around the world. Often inspired by rock and roll, her runway shows have been a highlight of New York Fashion Week since 1991.

Isabel Toledo is one of fashion’s true innovators. She received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in 2005, among other honors. She will be the subject of a major retrospective at The Museum at FIT in 2009.

2 days $75
1 day $50

FREE to ALL students and FIT faculty and staff.
The symposium is free to all students, and FIT faculty and staff. A copy of your school ID must be submitted with the registration form. “Great Designers” is free to all students thanks to a Coby Foundation grant.

Payment Methods
Check or money order: Please make check or money order payable to The Museum at FIT. Register by mail or in person at the address below.
Walk-in hours are Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm.
The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, Room E301
New York City 10001-5992

Credit Card: American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted.
Mail the registration form to the address above or fax to 212 217.4531.

Scholarship Opportunities
A limited number of scholarships are available for those who cannot attend “Great Designers” without financial support. Those interested in applying should submit their requests by March 1, 2008, to the Museum at FIT.



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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