NEW YORK, Mar 31, 2011/ — Fashion Culture programs are organized by The Museum at FIT (MFIT) to provide new perspectives on the culture of fashion. All programs are free unless otherwise indicated.

However, reservations are required for all events, as space is limited. To register, email or call 212 217.4585

All events (except Talks and Tours) will be held from 6-8 pm at FIT in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Seventh Avenue and 27th Street.


Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style
Author: Kate Betts
Thursday, May 12

Join TIME magazine contributing editor Kate Betts as she presents her latest book, Everyday Icon – Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. Described by Diane von Furstenberg as “fun, informative and inspiring,” the book is an analysis of Michelle Obama’s emergence as a style icon and what it means for women, First Ladies, and the future of American style.

With her unique perspective both as a journalist and a fashion industry leader, Betts takes a historical look at the influence First Ladies have had on American style and fashion. A book signing will follow.

Tours begin in the museum lobby.

His and Hers

Monday, April 11, 6 pm (Colleen Hill)
Wednesday, April 27, 10:30 am (Colleen Hill)
Monday, May 2, 6 pm (Jennifer Farley)

Join Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley, exhibition curators, for a tour of His and Hers, on view at MFIT through May 10. His and Hers examines the relationship between gender and fashion, exploring how distinctions of “masculine” and “feminine” shift over time. The exhibition features more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the museum’s permanent collection, including work by Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Gianni Versace.