The People's Ball: A Night of Style, Imagination, Freedom and You
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

The People's Ball: A Night of Style, Imagination, Freedom and You

  • Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I am on the steering committee for The People’s Ball, “a party celebrating imagination, style and freedom—with a touch of subversion.”

From the Brooklyn Public Library:

The People’s Ball offers all who attend a red carpet arrival and catwalk on which to express themselves in their most beautiful, courageous, and spirited personal style. The catwalk opens every hour for 15 minutes for anyone who wants to shine on it.

Special guests punctuate the evening with public addresses on why authentic self-expression matters so deeply at a time when personal freedom is at stake. Think Revolution in Heels.

The Event is Free.

Follow @bpl_presents for updates about special guest hosts, DJs, and food and drink specials.

 Kim Jenkins, pictured at far right.

Kim Jenkins, pictured at far right.



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Panelist at SXSW: "Feminist Rising: Why Brands Must Take a Stand"
Mar
8
11:00 AM11:00

Panelist at SXSW: "Feminist Rising: Why Brands Must Take a Stand"

From SXSW:

Today’s feminists are unstoppable – raising their voices for equality, diversity and inclusion. Fashion brands are following suit. Rebecca Minkoff has taken initiative with politics, supporting candidate Catalina Cruz, dubbed “the legislative middle finger to Trump” by NY Mag. Architectural swimwear brand Chromat changed the face of the catwalk and advertising, featuring people of all shapes, sizes, abilities and identifiers. 

As brands walk on eggshells to be politically correct, these women-led brands are busting through barriers, and agencies like Berlin Cameron and its Girl Brands Do It Better division are facilitating the charge and attracting customers along the way. 

The session closes with a powerful, inclusive pop-up fashion show featuring an exclusive collection for SXSW.

Register here.

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Film Screening + Q&A with André Leon Talley
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening + Q&A with André Leon Talley

  • Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (map)
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As part of the programming for the exhibition, Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities, curator and lecturer Kimberly M. Jenkins will screen the film The Gospel According to André and host André Leon Talley and director Kate Novack for a Q&A discussion. This event is made possible by the School of Fashion and is free and open to The New School community. Seating is limited, first come, first served, RSVP required.


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Panel: "MEN AND JEWELRY: DOES AN EARRING HAVE GENDER?"
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Panel: "MEN AND JEWELRY: DOES AN EARRING HAVE GENDER?"

  • Veteran's Room, Park Avenue Armory (map)
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From the TEFAF New York Fall Fair, 2018:

In many world traditions men are the principal wearers of jewelry. Why then is jewelry in the West so often viewed as a feminine art form? As the Metropolitan Museum readies a cross-departmental exhibition, Jewelry: The Body Transformed, this discussion focuses on how and in what contexts – historic and contemporary – jewelry has been a powerful means to construct masculine identity and, equally, the historical forces and persistent cultural assumptions that associate jewelry with women.
 

Panel:

Kimberly Jenkins, Lecturer, Fashion History and Theory, Parsons School of Design

Timothy McCall, Associate Professor, Art History, Villanova University

Maia Nuku, Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator, Oceanic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Moderator:

Melanie Holcomb, Curator, Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 

Register here.

*Please note that registration ONLY confirms your reservation for this TEFAF New York Fall 2018 Cultural Program event. Guests may purchase Fair tickets on the TEFAF website or at the door.*

Featured ImageVictorian Salamander BroochCourtesy of A La Vieille Russie, Stand 365.

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Exhibition: "Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities"
Oct
27
to Nov 11

Exhibition: "Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities"

  • Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries (map)
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From The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center:

Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities invites you to consider the ways in which race has affected the fashion system in terms of visibility, aesthetics, and power. It features a constellation of work from students and alumni who are harnessing their creativity to transgress the limitations they have been confronted with, deconstructing the very idea of ‘race’ as they reconstruct identities of their own.

Featuring the work of four Parsons alumni, Stevens Añazco, Katiuscia Gregoire, Cecile Mouen, and Avery Youngblood, this exhibition reclaims identity by contesting the residual effects of race through the use of  fashion, photography, and illustration. It responds to the effects of the pseudoscientific methods that were refined by the 18th and 19th centuries and postulated a biological difference between human beings.  Featured artists reconsider and disarrange the antiquated rubric of who can and cannot be considered fashionable, using garment construction and zine illustration to address or correct racist notions of the Black female body and Black style. It also showcases photographers who are both harnessing and redirecting the gaze, developing images that express joy, resilience, introspection, and transcendence.

The exhibition pursues a critical reflection of race through creative practice, and is based upon the elective course ‘Fashion and Race,’ taught by Kimberly M. Jenkins.

This exhibition was made possible with support from the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Fashion, and Parsons School of Art and Design History and Theory. Additional insight, support, and resources were provided by:

 

Exhibition interns:

  • Fatima Coulibaly, BA Culture and Media ‘21

  • Allison Essanason, BFA Fashion ‘19

  • Karla Maria Dipuglia Perez, BFA Fashion ‘19

Graphic designer:

  • Manasi Vashi, BA Communication Design ‘20

Videographer for the exhibition narratives:

  • Jessica Hughee, MA Mass Communication/Media Studies ‘18

Resources and support:

  • David Baptiste, BFA Fashion ‘20

  • Shannon Bell Price, Parsons School of Fashion

  • Sara Idacavage, The Parsons Study Collection

Related programming:

The Gospel According to André - film screening

Monday, November 5, 7-9 p.m.

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue

Curator and lecturer Kimberly M. Jenkins will screen the film The Gospel According to André and host André Leon Talley and director Kate Novack for a Q&A discussion. This event is made possible by the School of Fashion and is free and open to The New School community. Seating is limited, first come, first served, RSVP required.


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Peddler Journal x Food Book Fair presents #JoyLuckBookClub
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Peddler Journal x Food Book Fair presents #JoyLuckBookClub

From Peddler Journal:

Peddler Journal x Food Book Fair presents #JoyLuckBookClub

Celebrate the launch of Peddler’s RICE ISSUE, with a discussion of the food, fashion + family ties of Amy Tan’s novel THE JOY LUCK CLUB.

Featuring Food Book Fair’s Kimberly Chou Tsun An, Peddler Founder Hetty McKinnon + fashion educator Kim Jenkins.

Tickets price includes food + drinks

[reading the book or watching the movie is suggested but not required!]

A Neighborhood Studio event.

Peddler is a new recipe-driven journal, exploring food within the context of culture, self, identity, and tradition. Peddler traverses the idea that behind every dish on our daily table, there are inherited histories, memories, ceremonies, rituals, cultures and traditions that are completely personal – and yet also universal. Meal times are a mirror to our past, a symbol of our present and a gateway to our future.

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Kim Jenkins in conversation with Rebecca Minkoff
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Kim Jenkins in conversation with Rebecca Minkoff

I partnered with Hulu and Samsung837 to host an intimate conversation on September 14 at 7pm with designer Rebecca Minkoff. Our conversation is part of Women First, “an immersive experience at Samsung 837 in NYC to celebrate the launch of Hulu’s new original series The first and hear from the females leading our industry into the future.”

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 Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

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Guest lecture: "Acting Up and Showing Out: Activism through Dress"
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Guest lecture: "Acting Up and Showing Out: Activism through Dress"

  • Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From the Brooklyn Public Library

How can clothing act as a tool for social justice and political self-expression? Kim Jenkins, lecturer at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design will draw upon fashion history and theory to show the role that clothing and styling has played in guiding self-determination in the face of oppression as well as ingenuity when we are presented with limited resources.

This event is part of the "Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster," which is free and open to the public. You can register for this event here.

 Photo Credit: Kevin McElvaney for Brooklyn Public Library

Photo Credit: Kevin McElvaney for Brooklyn Public Library

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"Fashion & Justice" at The Phluid Project
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

"Fashion & Justice" at The Phluid Project

Jonathan Michael Square and I are teaming up for a third iteration of "Fashion & Justice," and this time we are collaborating with The Phluid Project in New York!

About:

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can serve as an entry point into contemplating how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. Fashion & Justice is a daylong workshop that examines the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. This iteration, which will be held at The Phluid Project, will focus on the way in which sexual and gender identities are expressed and challenged through fashion. 

The schedule will include analyses of artwork and artistic projects, partial film screenings, review of relevant literature, and conversations with photographer Lola Flash and designer Rae Tutera. Participants will leave the workshop with a #fashionandjustice syllabus equipping them with tools to understand how marginalized communities harness fashion to negotiate the complexities of power and visibility (and the lack thereof), proposing substantive solutions for a more just fashion system.

Register here.

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Guest lecture and panel: "Performing Minoritarian And Queer Fashion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives"
May
7
12:30 PM12:30

Guest lecture and panel: "Performing Minoritarian And Queer Fashion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives"

  • CUNY Graduate Center, room 1200: James Art Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From the CUNY Graduate Center:

Fashion is performance of the self. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated,” writes Oscar Wilde, a queer fashionista. While queer designers and people of color have contributed tremendously to the history of fashion, there has been a rueful dearth of public awareness about and scholarly attention to fashion for queer and racialized bodies. Intending to narrow the gap between scholarly and mainstream (“industry”) discourses regarding intersectionality, the emerging field of minoritarian and queer fashion studies draws on critical race theory, gender and sexuality theory, media studies, performance studies, anthropology, art history, and other relevant disciplines to re-examine racialized and queer bodies in fashion and re-evaluate contributions from minoritarian and queer fashion designers.   

In this lunch-time roundtable, four scholars from four different academic disciplines will shed light on the current state of the field from academic and pedagogic perspectives. Fashion Studies Director at the Graduate Center, Eugenia Paulicelli, will also join the panel as the moderator and discussant.  

Minh-Ha T. Pham (Media Studies, Pratt Institute) will consider how social media interactions and architectures create and enforce extra-legal norms about the copying, distribution, and use of fashion that impact fashion market relations and outcomes.   

Monica L. Miller (English and Africana Studies, Barnard College) will discuss online platforms run by young black feminists in Sweden, one of which is Krull—the only fashion platform for and by AfroSwedes, and interrogate the role of dress and beauty cultures in the formation of one of the newest Afro-diasporic populations within an officially “raceless” country.  

Sissi Liu (Theatre and Performance, the Graduate Center, CUNY) will explore queer fashion as dramaturgy in the case of Machine Dazzle, the fashion and “living costume-set” designer for Taylor Mac’s award-winning 24-Decade History of Popular Music. She will propose a DIY fashion activism future at the grass roots level, where anyone can design one’s own performance fashion that goes beyond the everyday.  

Kimberly Jenkins (Fashion Studies, Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design) will focus on fashion pedagogy and talk about “Fashion and Race,” a new course at Parsons School of Designthat examines the ways in which fashioned identities emerge within a racialized context in effort to gain access, visibility and power. She will attempt to identify and remedy problematic issues in the fashion system, proposing possible futures. 

Co-sponsored by The James Gallery, The Martin Segal Theatre Center, the PhD Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and M.A.  Liberal Studies Program in Fashion Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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Contextualizing Fashion: An Exhibition of Student Work
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Contextualizing Fashion: An Exhibition of Student Work

  • Design Center Gallery at Pratt Institute (map)
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In collaboration with my colleague, lecturer Tessa Maffucci, we will showcase the work of our students for the course, Contextualizing Fashion:

Contextualizing Fashion is a course that has been taught within Pratt Institute's Fashion Design B.F.A. since 2013. 

The class explores the mechanisms that create meaning in and through fashion and investigates how clothing is presented in myriad contexts, looking at historical sources, scholarly texts and contemporary media. 

Contextualizing Fashion culminates in a final project for which students will design and construct an original garment in dialogue with the concepts and theories explored throughout the semester. This process will prepare the students to propose possible futures or new ways of examining and creating fashion. 

Location: Design Gallery Center, located in Steuben Hall

The Design Center Gallery is located on the second floor of Steuben Hall in The Juliana Curran Terian Design Center.  Enter Pratt's campus at the intersection of DeKalb Avenue and Hall Street and walk past the library to the corner of Grand Avenue and Steuben Street. 

 Closest Subway: Classon Avenue (G)

Pratt strives to make all programs, services and activities accessible, and will provide assistance to accommodate any individuals with disabilities. Security personnel, located at booths at 200 Willoughby Avenue and other campus locations, are available for assistance. Additional accessibility resources are available at pratt.edu/accessibility. 

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In conversation with Jonathan Square for Fashion Culture lecture series, "The Body Politic"
Apr
25
12:10 PM12:10

In conversation with Jonathan Square for Fashion Culture lecture series, "The Body Politic"

Historian Jonathan Michael Square (my frequent collaborator) will engage with me in a conversation that reflects upon being 'the only one' as inspired by Hilton Als' poignant profile of fashion legend Andre Leon Talley. 

Our conversation is part of the 2018 Fashion Culture lecture series, themed "The Body Politic," presented by the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons School of Design (my alma mater!).

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Stepping Outside the Frame: Meet the New Generation of Image-Makers
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Stepping Outside the Frame: Meet the New Generation of Image-Makers

  • Tishman Auditorium at The New School, Room U100 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I am moderating and co-producing a panel event at The New School that shows how photographers and image-makers are creating a career pathway that corrects mis-representation and re-shapes the way we see ourselves in fashion and the media. This event will serve to identify and address the social and systemic issues that generate short-sighted, stereotypical images of marginalized individuals in the media, and introduce a new generation of photographers and image-makers who will share their creative journey and impart wisdom when it comes to creating your own lane in the industry.

The panelists:

Myles Loftin, Photographer, Parsons’ BFA Photography ’20

Joshua Kissi, Creative Director and Co-founder, TONL

Kimberly Drew, Social Media Manager, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Peter Ash Lee, Photographer, Creative Director, Corduroy

Jamilla Okubo, Illustrator, Parsons’ BFA Integrated Design ’16 

Presented by the BFA Photography Program and MA Fashion Studies Program at Parsons School of Design.

This event is free and part of the Nth Degree Series: Creative Minds Creating Change. RSVP here.

 

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Wardrobe Crisis: Book Talk with Clare Press and Kim Jenkins
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Wardrobe Crisis: Book Talk with Clare Press and Kim Jenkins

  • Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College, Room B500 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From The New School

Join us at The New School to celebrate the launch of the U.S. Edition of Clare Press’ book, Wardrobe Crisis.

Schedule of Events:

  • 6:00p-6:30p: Mix and mingle

  • 6:30p-8:00p: Talk by Clare Press in conversation with Kim Jenkins, Part-Time Lecturer at Parsons School of Fashion, with introduction by Michelle DePass, Director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School

This event is free to attend. Please RSVP here.

About the Book:

Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer: it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street - or you made them yourself. Today we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker and milliner are long gone, replaced by a globalised fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year.

In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw.

From a time when Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein were just two boys from the Bronx, to the world of the global fashion juggernaut, where Zara’s parent company produces more than 900 million garments annually, Press takes us on an insider’s journey of discovery and revelation.

Wardrobe Crisis is a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.

This event is free to attend. This is a featured public event during The New School’s week of Disrupting Climate Injustice.

Sponsored by the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Parsons School of Fashion.

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Kim Jenkins in conversation with Becca McCharen and Christian Siriano
Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Kim Jenkins in conversation with Becca McCharen and Christian Siriano

  • Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater at F.I.T. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From The Museum at FIT:

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.

Speakers include Project Runway co-host Tim Gunn; designers Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and Becca McCharen; author of The Fashioned Body Dr. Joanne Entwistle; co-founder of JAG Models Gary Dakin; founder of The Model Alliance Sara Ziff; and Aimee Mullins, who has transcended her own physical challenges to gain worldwide recognition as an Olympian, a model, and an actor.

Admission to the symposium is FREE. Please note that seating will be on a first come, first served basis, with RSVP.

Symposium Schedule:

Friday, February 23, 2018

10 am-1 pm

Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, Welcoming remarks
Dr. Valerie Steele, Introduction
Emma McClendon, “The Body: Fashion and Physique” 
Tim Gunn in conversation with Dr. Valerie Steele
Kim Jenkins in conversation with Becca McCharen and Christian Siriano
Sara Ziff in conversation with Lauren ChanGary Dakin, and Iskra Lawrence on modeling and body diversity
Dr. Joanne Entwhistle, “Fashion Models and Modeling: New Models of Diversity”

1-2pm Lunch break

2-5pm

Prabal Gurung in conversation with Dr. Valerie Steele
Aimee Mullins in conversation with Lucy Jones and Grace Jun on inclusive design
Lauren Downing Peters, “Dressing Smart, Looking Slender: Stoutwear and the Discourse of Fitting In, 1915-1931” 
Reina Lewis, “Modest Body Politics: Faith, Fashion, and Ethnicity” 
Julia Twigg, “Dress, Embodiment, and the Performance of Age” 
Ben Barry, “Fabulous Masculinities: Refashioning the Male Body”

Speakers are subject to change without notice.

 

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LitFilm Festival: In conversation with "The Price of the Ticket" director Karen Thorsen
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

LitFilm Festival: In conversation with "The Price of the Ticket" director Karen Thorsen

As part of the Brooklyn Public Library's weeklong "LitFilm" festival, I will join my frequent collaborator Jonathan Square ("Fashion & Justice") in conversation with director Karen Thorsen and producer Douglas K. Dempsey to discuss their film, "The Price of the Ticket," which chronicles the life and work of James Baldwin in his own words.

 Director Karen Thorsen filming "The Price of the Ticket," interviewing David Baldwin, the brother James Baldwin. 

Director Karen Thorsen filming "The Price of the Ticket," interviewing David Baldwin, the brother James Baldwin. 

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Exploring Fashion & Culture with Kim Jenkins: A Conversation with Eda Levenson
Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

Exploring Fashion & Culture with Kim Jenkins: A Conversation with Eda Levenson

From Fort Greene Commins:

“What Can Creativity Do? Meet Eda Levenson, Co-Founder of Scope of Work” 

What can creative professionals in Brooklyn do to sustain and cultivate the next generation of fashion designers, artists, filmmakers and musicians?

Fashion and culture professor Kim Jenkins (kimberlymjenkins.com) will introduce us to resident Eda Levenson (ladyfancynails.com), co-founder of Scope of Work (scopeofwork.org). S.O.W matches underrepresented young people with limited resources to industry professionals who can help them envision a future that shapes culture through pathways in the creative field. 

Levenson received a BA in Community Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. In addition, Eda is a collaborator and nail artist for the wellness concept space in LES, Chillhouse and currently partners with the New Museum with Nike. 

This event is part of the ‘Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins’ conversation series at Maison May, made possible by Commins.

When: Join us at 6:30pm for a cocktail mixer with our neighbors. Program will start at 7pm.

Tickets: $5 for Commins members | $15 for non-members

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Panelist, Black Fashion Founders Summit at Google NYC
Feb
7
3:00 PM15:00

Panelist, Black Fashion Founders Summit at Google NYC

I will be seated on a panel to speak about the issues and solutions related to fashion, race, inclusion and technology.

From Accelerate with Google:

For Black History Month and New York Fashion Week, CFDA and the Accelerate with Google program (which empowers diverse small business owners and entrepreneurs to participate in the digital economy) will host a Black Fashion Founders Summit. The event, at Google NYC (in Chelsea), will bring together Black creators, innovators, and thought leaders to discuss fashion and inclusive design in a technology driven world. You’ll be joined by renowned YouTube creators, fashion designers, and technology specialists for panel discussions followed by a brief overview on building your brand with YouTube and time to mingle.

This event is by invitation only, but will be filmed and made available by Google, Inc. thereafter.

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Fashion & Justice Workshop
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Fashion & Justice Workshop

From IMMEDIATE and The Contemporary Austin: 

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can serve as an entry point into contemplating how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. Fashion & Justiceis a daylong scholarly workshop that examines the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The schedule includes an analysis of artwork and artistic projects, partial film screenings, and review of relevant literature. Visiting instructors Dr. Jonathan Michael Square (Harvard University) and Kimberly M. Jenkins (Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design) designed this workshop that looks at designers, artists, journalists, curators, photographers, and academics who explore the fashion system through a critical lens, and invited guest speaker Dr. Lyndon Gill (The University of Texas at Austin, African and African Diaspora Studies) to join the conversation. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Jonathan Michael Square, PhD, is a writer and professor of history at Harvard University, specializing in fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora. Square received a PhD in history from New York University, a master’s from The University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s from Cornell University.

Kimberly M. Jenkins, MA, is a visiting assistant professor of fashion history and theory at Pratt Institute and part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design. Jenkins specializes in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear, specifically addressing how politics, psychology, race, and gender shapes the way we "fashion" our identity.

Guest Participant: Lyndon K. Gill, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He was born in New York City and raised on all the Trinbagonian culture that Jamaica, Queens, would allow. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a BA in African & African American Studies. He received his PhD in African American Studies and Anthropology (with a Secondary Field in Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality) from Harvard University. His scholarship focuses on Queer aesthetics in the African Diaspora, the erotic, LGBT art and activism in Caribbean cultures, African-based spiritual traditions in the Americas, and subjectivity and community building.

More information about this workshop can be found here

Museum Members: $27

General: $30

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A Ponemos Chancla: Panel and Reception
Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

A Ponemos Chancla: Panel and Reception

From Recess Gallery:

Join Recess for a panel conversation and public reception for A Ponemos Chancla, a project organized by Recess Session artist Troy Michie. The panel will take place from 4-6pm. The reception will take place from 6-8pm. 

About the panelists: Artist Troy Michie will join scholar Monica Miller and artist and writer Dario Calmese, for a discussion on the role of fashion in marginalized communities and themes of Michie’s project. The panel discussion will begin at 4pm and moderated by Recess Program Director, Gee Wesley. The panel will be followed by a reception from 6pm to 8pm. 

Dario Calmese is an artist and writer based in New York City. Classically trained in the performing arts, he uses photography, video, and text along with his knowledge of movement, gesture, and psychology to create characters and narratives that explore history, race, class, and what it means to be human. He is currently a Visiting Research Scholar in the School of Art, Design History, and Theory at Parson’s The New School.

Troy Michie (b. 1985) is an artist born in El Paso, TX. His group exhibitions include Trigger: Gender As A Tool And A Weapon, New Museum, New York, NY (2017); FOUND: Queer ArchaeologyQueer Abstraction, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY (2017); James Baldwin/Jim Brown and the Children, The Artist’s Institute, New York, NY (2016); A Constellation, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2015); Outside the Lines: Rites of Spring, Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Houston, TX (2013); and The Bricoleurs, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, NY (2012). His first solo exhibition, Fat Cat Came To Play, is currently on view at Company Gallery, New York (2017). Michie attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME (2015) and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA (2016). Michie is also a recipient of an Art Matters grant (2016) and an emerging artist grant from the Rema Hort Mann foundation (2015). He received his B.F.A. from the University of Texas El Paso and his M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art.

Monica L. Miller is the Tow Family Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College. She is the author of Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity, which received the 2010 William Sanders Scarborough Prize for the best book in African American literature and culture from the Modern Language Association and was shortlisted for the 2010 Modernist Studies Association book prize. A grantee from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2012, 2001), the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2004), and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2004), she is a specialist in contemporary African American and Afro-diasporic literature and cultural studies. She is currently at work on a new project, Blackness Swedish Style: Race, Diaspora, and Belonging, which considers cultural production by the emerging black community in Sweden and its connection to black European identity formation and cultural/political movements.  

Access Information: The entrance to Recess is up four steps. During all events and public hours, you may request ramp access using the buzzer to the left of the door. The bathroom is all-gender and ADA approved with three grab bars. We will do our best to accommodate requests for ASL interpretation or captioning. If you have specific access questions or needs please email info@recessart.org.

 

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Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit

From Nest:

Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit will culminate as a multi-stakeholder forum at the United Nationswhere participants and attendees will lay the groundwork for a New Handworker Economy that connects handworkers*, brands, and consumers in a circular and human-centric value chain. *Handworker: n. a person who works with her or his hands, in contrast to using a machine exclusively (related terms include: artisan, craftsperson, maker, homeworker, manual laborer)

Andrew MorganFilm Director, The True Cost

Bandana TewariFashion Features Director, VOGUE India

Beth CieslikResponsible Sourcing Director, Target

Douglas GuileySVP of Global Sourcing at West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Heidi ChristArtisan Value Chain Expert at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Simone CiprianiHead and Founder of the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative

Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times

 

PROGRAMMING

Panel discussion led by executives from Nest Steering Committee brands in conversation with artisan business leaders representing more than 20 nations around the world

 UNHCR presentation on using craft employment as a tool for liberation from the Refugee crisis

Media Panel discussing media’s role in educating and empowering consumers to support artisan development and innovation

Catered sit-down lunch hosted at the United Nations

Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) discussion led by UN Officer, Simone Cipriani

Grand Unveiling of the Nest Labor Standards for Homes & Small Workshops and Seal of Handworker Wellbeing

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Pratt Fashion Talks: "Designer Profile: Sarah Aphrodite"
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Pratt Fashion Talks: "Designer Profile: Sarah Aphrodite"

  • Juliana Curran Terian Design Center Gallery Steuben Hall, 2nd Floor (map)
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From the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute:

DESIGNER PROFILE: SARAH APHRODITE

A conversation with Sarah Aphrodite and Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt Fashion

"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" presents its final talk of the 2017 season, highlighting a designer who threads intuition and innovation throughout her fashion practice, Sarah Aphrodite. Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will be joined by Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt Fashion, to reflect upon the needs and potential of a fashion system in flux, proposing exciting futures through Sarah Aphrodite’s work as a study. This event is free and open to the public; reception to follow.

You can register for this event here.

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Panel: "Dead to Rights: Ethical Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation, Postmortem Rights of Publicity, and the Ghost of Harvey Weinstein"
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Panel: "Dead to Rights: Ethical Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation, Postmortem Rights of Publicity, and the Ghost of Harvey Weinstein"

From the Fashion Law Institute:

Halloween and the Day of the Dead are fast approaching, and for this year's annual ethics CLE event, we'd like to treat you to a pair of thought-provoking panels.  Join us for an insightful -- and at times hair-raising -- discussion of issues from intellectual property's twilight zone and on the cutting edge of sexual harassment law:

  • When does a costume constitute cultural misappropriation?
  • How can we keep fear of cultural appropriation from curtailing cultural exchange in fashion?
  • Should fashion houses be haunted by ghosts of celebrities past in states without postmortem publicity rights?

PANELISTS:

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  • Do settlement agreements in sexual harassment cases bury victims in unethical silence?
  • What does Harvey Weinstein's ghastly employment contract say about the spirit of corporate law?
  • Should business partners be scared off by allegations of sexual harassment?
  • What can we do to make the fashion industry a less frightening place?

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR: Jeff Trexler, Attorney and Associate Director, Fashion Law Institute

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Panel: "Confounding Expectations: Elements of Style"
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Panel: "Confounding Expectations: Elements of Style"

  • The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall (map)
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From The New School:

The Aperture "Elements of Style" panel is part of the Confounding Expectations lecture series, which is sponsored by Aperture Foundation, the Vera List Center at The New School, and the Photography Program of Parsons School of Design at The New School.

This conversation will focus on identity, style, and dress―the codes and politics of self-presentation. Panelists will discuss connections between self-portraiture and self-styling, decolonizing the fashion image, and the role of the queer archive in the fashion industry. The conversation will be moderated by historian and author Tanisha C. Ford.

Participating panelists include Collier Shorr, Nadine Ijewere, and Ethan James Green.

Image:  Nadine Ijewere, Victoria’s pearl earring, 2017.

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Fashion Is Kale: A One-Day Event Celebrating Fashion’s Hidden Heroes
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Fashion Is Kale: A One-Day Event Celebrating Fashion’s Hidden Heroes

From the Modern Museum of Art:

In conjunction with Items: Is Fashion Modern?, this event features presenters from a diverse range of perspectives whose often-hidden roles are critical in shaping the contemporary fashion industry. Inspired by Fashion Is Spinach, a well-known book by Elizabeth Hawes published in 1938 and an insider’s critique of the fashion scene, this program provides insight into the ways in which fashion items are designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, worn, and discarded today, by listening to and engaging with stories from fashion’s silent partners.

A reception and an opportunity to see the exhibition will follow the program.

Tickets ($20; $15 members and Corporate members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online, at the information desk, or at the Film desk on the day of the program.

This event will be live-streamed. 

Schedule

9:30–10:00 a.m. Welcome coffee
The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge, second floor 

10:10–10:30 Opening remarks
Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Director, Research and Development, The Museum of Modern Art 

10:30–11:15 Raw Materials
Sourcing materials, whether naturally harvested or artificially created
Caterina A. Conti, Ambassador, Textile Exchange
Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, Professor of Engineering, Tufts University
Moderator: Nadine Farag, Founder, One Who Dresses 

11:15–11:30 Processing
From raw to finished and from fiber to textile: the steps in the conversion process.
Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar, Yale University 

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Liftoff
Making the business of fashion financially viable
Charles Elliott Harbison, Founder and Creative Director, Harbison
Wen Zhou, President and CEO, 3.1 Phillip Lim 

Audience Q&A 

12:15–12:45 Creative Direction
The making and remaking of a singular label
Dao-Yi Chow and and Maxwell Osborne, Founders and Creative Direction, Public School
Interviewer: Lynn Yaeger, Contributing Editor, Vogue and vogue.com 

12:45–1:45 Lunch (on your own)

1:45–2:15 Prototype
Realizing the first sample
Nicole Miller, Founder and Designer, Nicole Miller
Interviewer: Paola Antonelli 

2:15–3:05 Trial
Gauging the market’s response to the prototype
Felita Harris, Senior VP Global Sales, Alexander Wang
Julie Gilhart, fashion consultant
Clara Jeon, Cofounder, Chapter 2
Moderator: Dario Calmese, photographer, writer, and visual director 

3:05–3:35 Production
From prototype to product
Renee Peters, model, blogger, and advocate
Peter W. Chan, Assistant Professor of Production Management, Fashion Institute of Technology
Moderator: Michelle Millar Fisher, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art 

Audience Q&A 

3:40–4:15 Licensing and Forecasting
From product to markets, and from markets to trends
Andrea Bell, Director of Insight, WGSN
Brian Mims, Creative Director, PVH licensing
Moderator: Stephanie Kramer 

Audience Q&A 

4:20–4:40 Coffee
The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge, second floor 

4:40–5:30 Retail and Circulation
Where fashion meets people
Steven Alan, Founder and Owner, Steven Alan
Melody Cohen, Founder, United Apparel Liquidators
Susan Scafidi, Founder and Director, Fashion Law Institute
Rie Yano, Cofounder and CEO, Material World
Moderator: Michelle Millar Fisher 

Audience Q&A 

5:30–6:30 Final debate
“This House believes that we should stop buying clothes.”
Paul Dillinger, Vice President, Head of Global Product Innovation for Levi Strauss & Co.
Sarah Labowitz, researcher, writer, and teacher 

6:30–7:30 Finale
Reception and viewing of Items: Is Fashion Modern?
Sixth floor

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Exhibition: "(under)REPRESENT(ed)"
Oct
14
6:30 PM18:30

Exhibition: "(under)REPRESENT(ed)"

  • Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries    (map)
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From The New School's Parsons Alumni Reunion:

(under)REPRESENT(ed) is an exhibition that highlights Parsons alumni of color who address race and identity as a central theme in their art and design practices.  

(under)REPRESENT(ed) will provide rich opportunities to engage with crucial examples of creative practices that produce, support, and sustain innovative responses to racism and engage with the lived experience of race. People of color are greatly underrepresented in the professional fields of art and design, despite the rich foundation of work and histories created by designers and artists of color on which these industries and fields are built. By centering the work of people of color — as in all social movements and social justice initiatives — (under)REPRESENT(ed) offers space for those who are most deeply affected to propose necessary ways to address racism. In an era that promises to deeply challenge our existing tools of resistance, more than ever we need current and inspiring examples of the power of art and design to address and dismantle systems of racism.  

A two-week series of events, launching during this year’s Parsons Reunion, will center on (under)REPRESENT(ed) and will include panel discussions, workshops, and community-building opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and the general public.  

Parsons Reunion Reception and (under)REPRESENT(ed) Opening: Saturday, October 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

(under)REPRESENT(ed) Opening Reception to the public: Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 - 8:00pm.

(under)REPRESENT(ed) Driving Committee  

Havanna Fisher Newby, BFA Fashion Design ’14, BA The Arts ’14  
Scherezade García-Vazquez, BFA Illustration ’90  
Joelle Riffle, BFA Communication Design ’13  
Yelaine Rodríguez, BFA Fashion Design ’13  
Sable Elyse Smith, MFA Design and Technology ’13  
Nadia Williams, BFA Fashion Design ’01  

(under)REPRESENT(ed) Parsons Alumni Exhibitors 

Salome Asega, MFA Design and Technology '14  
Ryquriea Byrd, MA Fashion Studies '16
Patricia Encarnacion Contreras, BFA Communication Design '14
Alston Green, CGRD Illustration '72
Kimberly Jenkins, MA Fashion Studies '13
Leslie Jimenez, BFA Fine Arts '12
Sarah Jimenez, MFA Fine Arts '13
Jeana Lindo, BFA Photography '17
Joy McKinney, MFA Photography '14
Ronald Morrison, MS Design and Urban Ecologies '15
Inyegumena Nosegbe, BFA Communication Design '16
Ayodamola Okunseinde, MFA Design and Technology '15
Isaac Paris, BFA Communication Design '78
Kaitlynn Redell, MFA Fine Arts '13
Ken Tanabe, MFA Design and Technology '04
James Terrell, MFA Painting '02
Noelle Theard, MFA Photography '14
Duncan Tonatiuh, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum '08, BA Liberal Arts '08
Christopher Udemezue, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum '08 

 

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Fashion Performance: "CarWash Collective"
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Fashion Performance: "CarWash Collective"

From Jennifer Minniti, Chair of the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute:

In conjunction with Beverly Semmes’ exhibition Bow at Susan Inglett Gallery, the Gallery is pleased to debut the CarWash Collective label Saturday, October 14 at 5 PM. A collaboration between the artist and designer Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt’s Fashion Department, CarWash Collective establishes a new politic of clothing with ”take back the image” urgency.

CarWash Collective finds its visual and conceptual source in Semmes’ recent Feminist Responsibility Project. These original works on paper begin with pages torn from porn magazines censored and edited by the artist to refocus the original content. Fabric, digitally printed incorporating these altered images, becomes the raw material for Minniti’s work as she combines engineered cuts and construction with Semmes raw mark making. By taking control of the image, first as drawing then as clothing, the process comes full circle ultimately returning the image to the body in a final act of defiance.

Susan Inglett Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and is located at
522 West 24th Street. Beverly Semmes’ “Bow” runs to 21 October. For additional information please contact Susan Inglett Gallery at 212 647 9111 or info@inglettgallery.com. Join in the conversation with Susan Inglett Gallery and Beverly Semmes on Instagram (@susaninglettgallery) (@beverlysemmesstudio) (@minnitibklyn), Facebook (@Susan Inglett Gallery), Twitter (@inglettgallery), and via the hashtags #BeverlySemmesStudio #CarWashcollective and #SusanInglettGallery. 

I have the distinct pleasure of walking as a model for this performance.

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Film Screening & Panel: Willi Smith's "EXPEDITION"
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

Film Screening & Panel: Willi Smith's "EXPEDITION"

From Parsons Fashion at The New School:

To kick off Parsons Reunion, alumni are invited to celebrate the life and work of the late Willi Smith, alumnus and renowned fashion designer, with a film screening and Q&A. 

EXPEDITION, a short film shot in Senegal by famed photographer Max Vadukul, was made for Willi Wear/Willi Smith and premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre during Fall Fashion Week 1985. It hasn't been shown publicly in more than 30 years. This screening will be followed by Q&A with the film's producer, Live Rocket CEO Mark Bozek; model and activist Bethann Hardison; and Paper Magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter. Moderated by fashion historian Kim Jenkins, MA Fashion Studies '13.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat

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Pratt Fashion Talks: "Shifting the Paradigm of Fashion: NEST & OXOSI"
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Pratt Fashion Talks: "Shifting the Paradigm of Fashion: NEST & OXOSI"

  • Juliana Curran Terian Design Center Gallery Steuben Hall, 2nd Floor (map)
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From the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute

SHIFTING THE PARADIGM OF FASHION: NEST & OXOSI

A conversation with Rebecca Van Bergen, Kolade Adeyemo and Akin Adebowale

"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" presents the second talk of the 2017 season, continuing to explore the dramatic shifts in globalized fashion culture. We pursue the following questions: “How can fashion continue to sustain itself? What needs to change effectively in the fashion system?” Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with Rebecca Van Bergen, founder of Nest and Kolade Adeyemo and Akin Adebowale, founders of Oxosi, to show new ways of producing fashion that commit to economic change and elevate the work of global designers, respectively. This event is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here.

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Panel: "Fashion, Culture & Justice: A NYFW Dialogue"
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Panel: "Fashion, Culture & Justice: A NYFW Dialogue"

  • John L. Tishman Auditorium, The New School University Center (map)
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This panel discussion will serve to identify, address and deepen our understanding of the social and systemic issues that challenge and pervade the fashion system. Topics that will be the focal point of this solutions-based conversation will include cultural appropriation, celebrating personhood through diversity and what fashion makes possible in a tense political climate.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Speakers:
Elaine Welteroth, Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue

Aurora James, Creative Director, Brother Vellies

Amy Farid, Hair Stylist

Anastasia Garcia, Photographer

Moderated by: 

Kim Jenkins, Lecturer at Parsons School of Design, Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute 

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