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.
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.
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 Chan, Gary Dakin, and Iskra Lawrence on modeling and body diversity
Dr. Joanne Entwhistle, “Fashion Models and Modeling: New Models of Diversity”
1-2pm Lunch break
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
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 Archaeology; Queer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nest’s Third Annual Artisan Leadership Summit will culminate as a multi-stakeholder forum at the United Nations, where 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 Morgan, Film Director, The True Cost
Bandana Tewari, Fashion Features Director, VOGUE India
Beth Cieslik, Responsible Sourcing Director, Target
Douglas Guiley, SVP of Global Sourcing at West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Inc.
Heidi Christ, Artisan Value Chain Expert at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Simone Cipriani, Head and Founder of the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative
Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times
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
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.
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?
- Bibhu Mohapatra
- Mimi Plange
- Professor Susan Scafidi
Founder and Director, Fashion Law Institute
- Yeohlee Teng
Founder and Designer YEOHLEE Inc
- Carlene Thomas-Bailey
Senior Editor, WGSN
- 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?
- Laurie Berke-Weiss
Principal Attorney, Berke-Weiss Law PLLC
- Dana Sussman
Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs NYC Commission on Human Rights
- Bernadett Vajda
Model and Image Consultant
- Kenya Wiley
Founder and CEO, Fashion Innovation Alliance
- Elizabeth Wurtzel
Writer and Lawyer
MODERATOR: Jeff Trexler, Attorney and Associate Director, Fashion Law Institute
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.
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.
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
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
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)
Realizing the first sample
Nicole Miller, Founder and Designer, Nicole Miller
Interviewer: Paola Antonelli
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
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
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
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
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
Reception and viewing of Items: Is Fashion Modern?
(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
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
I will be speaking on a panel during the afternoon session, sharing photos from my family archive and discussing the importance of documenting family history.
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.
Elaine Welteroth, Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue
Aurora James, Creative Director, Brother Vellies
Amy Farid, Hair Stylist
Anastasia Garcia, Photographer
Kim Jenkins, Lecturer at Parsons School of Design, Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute
From the Department of Fashion at Pratt Institute:
BETWEEN THE LINES, BEHIND THE SCENES: DOCUMENTING THE CULTURE OF FASHION
A conversation with Marjon Carlos and Hailey Gates
"Fashion Talks: Exploring Fashion and Culture with Kim Jenkins" kicks off a new season, featuring two journalists who are reporting the dramatic shifts in globalized fashion culture through freelance writing and television production, respectively. Kim Jenkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion, will sit down with Marjon Carlos, freelance writer and former Senior Writer at Vogue (U.S.) and Hailey Gates, model and host of the Viceland series, “States of Undress”, to explore new ways of documenting the culture of fashion, addressing issues frequently overlooked in the media. This event is free and open to the public.
You can register for this event here.
Presented by the Fashion for All Foundation, I will be featured on a panel alongside the following speakers:
Audrey Smaltz - Former Model & Ebony Fashion Fair Announcer
Michaela Angela Davis - Style Activist
Zara Rahim - Director of Communications, Vogue
Connie Wang - Global Editor, Refinery 29
"Fashion & Justice" is a daylong workshop that my colleague Jonathan Michael Square and I have organized. Jonathan is a writer and professor of history specializing in fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora, currently teaching at Harvard University. I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of fashion history and theory at Pratt Institute and Part-time Lecturer at Parsons School of Design, specializing 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.
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" will examine the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The agenda will include an analysis of archival images, select films, artwork and fashion objects that has galvanized social justice, in addition to a compendium of literature that expands our knowledge of fashion history and culture. The significance of contemporary designers and artists will be interpreted through the groundbreaking work of journalists, curators, photographers and academics who explore the fashion system through a critical lens. Timely topics will also be addressed, including, but not limited to, cultural appropriation and the decolonization of fashion images. Participants will leave the workshop with a #fashionandjustice syllabus equipping them with tools to better understand how fashion has been harnessed by marginalized communities, proposing substantive solutions for a more just fashion system.
The seminar will include guest speaker Elizabeth Way. Elizabeth Way is an assistant curator at the Museum at FIT where she curated the Black Fashion Designers exhibition and symposium, and published a distinguished profile of black dressmakers Elizabeth Keckley and Ann Lowe for Fashion Theory.
For press inquiries or additional details about this event, please contact Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at email@example.com. The tuition for the workshop is $30, and you can register here.
From the Bard Graduate Center:
Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and appointed Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies, will give an overview of her research on black participation in world’s fairs.
Navigating through the fairgrounds of the large international expositions staged in the cities of Philadelphia, New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Buffalo, Charleston, Jamestown, and Paris, France, Wilson will examine African-American participation at the great world’s fairs. Along with these large mainstream fairs, it is important to peruse the aisles of the expositions organized by black Americans to commemorate their hard-fought struggle to gain freedom from enslavement. These Emancipation Expositions beginning in 1913 through the 1960s happened in cities with growing black populations—Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, and Detroit. How did World’s Fairs and Emancipation Expositions serve as counter-public spheres for black Americans during the era of Jim Crow segregation? What can we learn from how black Americans built or claimed spaces to reimagine their national belonging and share a collective memory of their past?
From The Wing:
It’s more than a SEO keyword used to incite clicks, or a one-off magazine cover. Join Essence Magazine’s Julee Wilson, The Coveteur’s Laurel Pantin, model Paloma Elsesser and stylist Solange Franklin as they sit down with moderator Marjon Carlos to discuss everything from getting their start, how to address hiring praxis, to overcoming intraracial politics in the workplace.
From the Brooklyn Public Library:
The Jumpsuit Project is a socially engaged art project inspired by Sherrill Roland’s personal experience in the prison system. Roland was wrongfully convicted of a crime and spent nearly a year in state prison before the conviction was thrown out. A year-and-a-half after being released, he was exonerated of all charges. As a response, Roland began The Jumpsuit Project: he wears an orange jumpsuit, similar to the one he wore while in prison, in public places in order to spark conversation about incarceration and its impact on individuals, families and communities. Over the course of three days, Roland will bring his project to Central Library. The public is invited to ask him questions, share their stories and experiences with the criminal justice system and start to combat the stigma surrounding incarceration.
From The Fem League:
Join The Fem League at Rise New York for "Power-Filled: A Night of Conversation, Womanhood & Power," hosted by Yomi Abiola.
The Power-filled program was developed to support women in leadership. We operate on the premise that women are already powerful and the realisation of this power needs to be unveiled. In our organisation, we focus on the advancement of women, rather than the empowerment of women. The program outlines four steps of a multi-step program. The intention is to create a paradigm shift in the relationship and mental approach women have towards power. The outcomes are tangible tools for women to start unveiling, recognising and utilising their personal power. Through this recognition, we can live our most power-filled lives and mobilise communities globally.
From Food Book Fair:
Food Book Fair and Food52 co-host a roundtable discussion on how food media can rigorously and responsibly diversify its voices along racial, gender, age-based lines, and beyond.
What are publications doing to ensure another pho-gate doesn't happen? How are publications protecting people of color, women, queer, or other minority writers from dealing with harassment? How do people in positions of editorial power respond to demands that food is an apolitical space? What are strategies for providing meaningful, intentional coverage and content that reflect a broader swath of voices than mainstream media is used to — and how do allies and accomplices continue to push the boundaries of what is expected?
Featured speakers include:
Andrea Nguyen, cookbook author, teacher, consultant
Mayukh Sen, staff writer, Food52
Kenzi Wilbur, managing editor, Food52
Stephen A. Satterfield, writer, founder, Whetstone Magazine
Kimberly Chou Tsun An, co-director, Food Book Fair
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.
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.
Image: "Sarah Forbes" by Ayana V. Jackson, courtesy Fashioning the Self.
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.
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