Conferences & Events: Fall 2013

There are a number of costume conferences, curator led gallery talks, and various fashion related museum events happening in the next few weeks and many of them are free!

A Queer History of Fashion Symposium
The Museum at FIT – New York City
November 8 & 9, 2013

The Museum at FIT’s thirteenth fashion symposium, A Queer History of Fashion, boasts twenty participants. Over the course of two days, an international array of scholars, authors, designers, and curators will discuss both historical and contemporary issues related to queer designers, icons, fashion and style. And this year it’s FREE.

Narratives of Women’s Dress
Smith College – Northampton, Massachusetts
November 1 & 2, 2013

This two-day symposium will bring together experts from the United States and Great Britain to speak about the role and importance of dress in the study of women, culture, and history. Speakers will consider the place of dress and costume in academic classrooms and museums, and will speak to the value of studying dress when researching the lives of women over time.


Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 Programs
Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 16, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 is the first major exhibition to explore the international transmittal of design from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century through the medium of textiles. It highlights an important design story that has never before been told from a truly global perspective. A variety of educational programing is provided. View the full PDF announcement of events at the MET’s website.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk – Curator Talk
Brooklyn Museum of Art
November 2, 2013

Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, explores themes in the exhibition.


Hippie Chic Gallery Talk
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
November 7,2013

Final tour before the exhibition closes on November 11th. Complete information available at

Hollywood Costume – The Making of Hollywood Costume
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Richmond
November 22, 2013

From funny girls and femme fatales to crime fighters and cowboys, Hollywood movies tell the stories of people, both real and imagined. These people–or characters–drive the action and the mood of the film, and the clothes they wear tell us much about who these characters are,what they are doing, and why we should care about them. Join Doug Fisher, Director of Exhibition Design, and Robin Nicholson,  Deputy Director for Art and Education, for a talk about Hollywood Costume.


The Cape – Object of the Month Lecture Series
The Phoenix Art Museum
Saturdays in December

Capes were part of fashionable Dutch women’s ensembles in the 17th and 18th centuries. Docents Judy Steers and Lesley Veit will present a rare example of one made of luxury textiles which originated in India, traveled to the Dutch markets, and combined with delicate patterning for European dress styles. A complete list of dates is available on the Phoenix Art Museum webpage.

If you know of  an upcoming event or conference  and you would like to add it to our list, email Jon at Worn Through.

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