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Fashion & Museums at the National Museum of Costume (Portugal)

UPDATE: Portuguese news outlets covered Valerie’s participation in this conference:
Publico | Life & Fashion — November 25, 2015

November 26, 2015 | Lisbon, Portugal

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Reem Acra & Valerie Steele Take on Gender Bias in Fashion

“85% of FIT’s students are female,” began celebrated fashion historian and curator Valerie Steele at October 13th’s panel discussion during CUNY’s Global Fashion Capital Conference.” “Yet if you go by famous names—the Armanis, the Marc Jacobs—more than half of them are men.”

Yahoo Style covered the panel I was on which centered on women’s roles in the industry, as well as how the media and an increasingly global economy are helping to shape new fashion capitals.

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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.

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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.

Add commentIn Blog Press September 25th, 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.

Add commentIn Appearances Blog September 6th, 2015

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