Fashion Conferences, Symposia, Talks & Tours

Valerie Steele

Fashion scholar Valerie Steele will give a talk at the Powerhouse Museum

Lecture by Valerie Steele

Powerhouse Museum
August 3, 2011
6:00pm – 6:30pm

Fashion scholar and Director and Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Valerie Steele will be talking about the relationship between art and fashion and why they are different. She argues that although both are expressive, art lays claim to an intellectual dimension while fashion is in the moment. Presented as part of the Art Monthly Australia Occasional Lecture Series in association with the School of Design, University of Technology, Sydney. Valerie Steele also launches the book, Fashion and Art, edited by Australia’s Adam Gezcy and Vicki Karaminas.

Presented by Art Monthly Australia, School of Design UTS and the Powerhouse Museum

For more information, please visit the School of Design, University of Technology, Sydney website:


The Smithsonian Fellows Lectures in American Art

Two afternoons of lectures on American art are being organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Of particular interest is the lecture by Camara Holloway on Friday afternoon.

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Camara Holloway, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware
“Putting on the Ritz: Dandies, Race, and Modernism”

1 to 2:30 PM
Discussion moderated by Frank Goodyear, Associate Curator, National Portrait Gallery.
The talks will take place in the museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, D.C. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. For more information, please email . A wine reception will conclude the series on Friday evening.


The Cult of Beauty exhibition at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Free Events

The Cult of Beauty Gallery Tours

BSL Tour for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Visitors: Friday 22 April, 18.30-19.30

Touch Tour for Blind and Partially Sighted Visitors: Tuesday 10 May, 14.00-15.00

Free, advance booking essential

Crafting the Collection: A is for Aestheticism
Saturday 14 May, 11.00-16.00

Create a colourful design incorporating calligraphy and illustrations and contribute to a stitched display.
Free, drop-in

Curator Talk: The Cult of Beauty
Wednesday 25 May, 13.15-14.00

Join exhibition curator, Stephen Calloway, to hear more about the Aesthetic movement.
Free, drop-in

Study Days and Seminars

Inside Outing: Artistic Chelsea
Thursday 9 June, 10.30-16.00

Explore the Chelsea homes of famous Aesthetes in a guided walk and a private tour of a Tite Street artist’s studio.
£50, £40 concessions, £5 students
Book online

Introducing Art for Art’s Sake
Saturday 11 June, 14.00-17.00

Examine the theories held by the Aesthetes and discuss their legacy and impact on contemporary artists.
£28, £22.50 concessions, £5 students
Book online

Imagining Japan: Anglo-Japanese Influences on British Design
Saturday 25 June, 10.00-17.00

Gain an insight into the thriving British market for Japanese art and its influence on late 19th-century British design. This study day coincides with the V&A exhibition The Cult of Beauty and a display of Meiji Japanese cloisonné enamels at the V&A. Examine the craze for Japan amongst artists, designers, manufacturers and consumers. Speakers include Gabriel Weisberg, Frances Collard, Michael Whiteway, Greg Irvine and Elizabeth Kramer.
£28, £22.50 concessions, £5 students
Book online

Introducing William Morris
Saturday 9 July, 14.00-17.00

Be introduced to the work, ideas and politics of William Morris – author, poet, designer, socialist and leading Aesthete.
£28, £22.50 concessions, £5 students
Book online

Workshops & Courses

In Pursuit of Beauty
Art, Design and the Aesthetic Movement

Thursdays, 5 May – 30 June, 10.30-13.00

Explore the origins of Aestheticism and the ideas and principal figures associated with the movement in this short course led by the author and historian Charlotte Gere.
£240, £192 concessions
Book online

Families and Young People
Fabulous Fabrics & Fancy Fonts

Monday-Friday, 11-22 April, 10.30-12.30 & 14.00-16.00

Work with an artist to make your own decorative wall hanging to take home.
Recommended for ages 5-12 years
£3 per child
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Book online


Fashion Institute of Technology: Fashion Culture Special Programs

Talks & Tours

Night & Day with exhibition curator Molly Sorkin

American Beauty with exhibition curator Patricia Mears, assistant curators Jennifer Farley or Colleen Hill

Scandal Sandals & Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes with Laura Mina or Sarah Byrd, FIT graduate students and co-curators

Fashion Conversations

Thom Browne with Fred Dennis

Prabal Gurung

Rodarte (sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy) with Valerie Steele

André Leon Talley with Valerie Steele

Lectures & Book Signings

Hairsense/Hair Dress – Elena Fajt

Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution – Caroline Weber


Cross-Pollination: Fashion & Politics


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    Traditional and Contemporary Textiles in South Korea

    A STUDY TOUR, SEPTEMBER 15-26, 2011
    Registration deadline July 1, 2011

    The Textile Society of America Inc. offers study tours and professional development opportunities focused on textiles. This year’s Study Tour to South Korea offers a rich mix of traditional textiles and contemporary textile art, along with a unique cultural experience. The tour, led by Karen Searle, will highlight the contrast between ancient and contemporary that can be seen throughout the country, as well as the ways in which Korean artists look to tradition for their contemporary inspiration. The tour will be based in Seoul with visits to the cities of Cheongju, Seochon, and Damyang.

    Tour Leader. Fiber artist and author Karen Searle has traveled frequently to Korea over the past 14 years. She has participated in international textile art exhibitions held in Daegu, Korea, as both an invited artist and an exhibition juror. She exhibited work in the First Cheongju International Craft Biennale exhibition in 1999 and has traveled throughout the country visiting universities, museums, fiber artists’ studios, and observing textile production on all levels, from cottage industry to mega-industry. She will be joined by some well-known Korean artists on parts of the tour.

    More information and registration materials are available on the TSA website,
    or contact Karen Searle, 651-642-9897,

    TSA Study Tour to South India
    October 23-November 6, 2011
    Registration deadline July 29, 2011

    The Textile Society of America Inc. offers study tours and professional development opportunities focused on textiles. This fall the TSA will offer a Study Tour to South India led by Indian textile scholar, Sandra Evenson.

    Since the days of the Roman Empire, South Indian textile artisans have been weaving, painting, dyeing, and embellishing sumptuous textiles for the courts of kings and the markets of the world. Handcrafted textiles continue to play an important role in daily life and are often associated with specific villages, where family life and the village economy are centered on traditional textile production. The focus of this tour is on these textile traditions and the textile villages where these fabrics are still produced by hand.

    For costs, itinerary, and registration information, please visit As part of its educational mission, TSA is offering a $1,500 travel scholarship for one TSA member to participate on the trip. Please see the Awards section of the TSA website for details and application information.

    For further information, contact
    Michele Hardy,
    TSA Director of External Relations

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