Talk: Fashion in the Museum

Hear about the rise of the fashion exhibition – a talk by Valerie Steele, influential director of the museum at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.

  • When Sat 10 Dec 2016, 11:00am–12:00pm
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost Public $15, Friends of Te Papa and students $10 (includes free parking)
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Dr Valerie Steele, director and curator of The Museum and the Fashion Institute of Technology, gives the presentation ‘Museum quality: The rise of the fashion exhibition'.

Valerie discusses the history of collecting and exhibiting fashion. She begins with the first (imaginary) fashion museum in the 18th century, and the first great temporary ‘museums’, including one at the Paris world’s fair in 1900. She ends with our era, where fashion is exhibited in dedicated fashion museums, as well as in art, history, and design institutions.

Speaker with fashion mannequins


Dr Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

About Dr Valerie Steele

Valerie is an author, curator, editor, public intellectual, and one of ‘fashion’s brainiest women’ (The Washington Post). She has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies, and in raising public awareness of fashion’s cultural and social significance.

Presented with the support of Massey University Wellington.

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You can also email or phone (04) 381 7051.

Door sales are available from 10.30am on the day, outside Soundings Theatre, Level 2.  

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