Business of Fashion | Roll Call

Roll Call is a column by The Business of Fashion that highlights some of the fashion industry’s most interesting jobs and the talented people who do them.

valerie steele

The Business of Fashion‘s Kati Chitrakorn sat down with Valerie Steele for an interview about her role as Director and Chief Curator at The Museum at FIT.

“Putting on museum exhibitions is like making a film — it requires many people with different talents.”

Read the full interview on the BOF website.

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August 2015

August was been a busy month for press!

  • On August 30th, 1 Granary interviewed me about the state of fashion in museums and academia.

“Academics are more willing to accept that fashion is a valid topic to study. Fashion people are now more interested in hearing what intellectuals have to say. I think [it’s] become more relaxed.”

  • On August 14th, Artnet News ran a piece asking “Why Are Fashion Blockbusters More Popular Than Art Exhibitions and What Can we do About It?” They spoke to three fashion curators, including myself, to get our perspectives.
  • And on August 8th, CBS news featured a fun slideshow on their website called “Swimwear through the ages” to which I contributed a number of insights.

  • Lastly, if you missed The New York Times piece where they came and visited me in my home, here is the link to the feature in the real estate section from January 2015.

Add commentIn Press September 6th, 2015

Chanel and Her Rivals: Women and 20th-Century Fashion

On October 15, 2015 at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens in Washington, DC, I will discuss women and 20th-century fashion, focusing on the great fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the context of her profession, and compared to other female fashion designers of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet. This was the golden age of the couturière, when female designers dominated Paris fashion. Yet when Chanel came back into business in the 1950s, the world of fashion had changed, and she faced mostly male rivals, such as Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, and Jacques Fath. What is the situation of female fashion designers today? Have they regained parity with men?

Learn more about this event here.

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Designers & Books Fair 2015

On October 2, from 6–7 pm, I will be signing copies of my newest book, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch at the Designers & Books Fair 2015 being held at the Fashion Institute of Technology. When you purchase the book, you will be entered into a drawing to win a tour of the exhibition given by me! Up to 25 of the winner’s friends can come on the tour, which must be arranged through the director’s office at The Museum at FIT. Fashion Underground is on view at MFIT from September 18 – December 5, 2015.

For full details, visit Designers & Books 2015. For more information about the fair, visit the Designers & Books website.

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