Registration for the Ivy Style Symposium is Now Open

Good News!! We are pleased to announce that registration for the Ivy Style Symposium is now open.

The Museum at FIT is pleased to present its 12th annual Symposium Ivy Style featuring noted scholars and industry professionals from a range of disciplines and international perspectives, who will be focusing on “ivy” style in global fashion. Included will be lectures on major figures in menswear – including the Duke of Windsor— who made the look their own, and designers such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Thom Browne, who have made it resonate with new generations of style enthusiasts. We very much wish to encourage students, faculty and staff to attend. Admission is free of charge for all students, and students must show their school I.D.

The symposium will be held November 8th and 9th in the Half Auditorium. Registration is required . The pre-registration deadline is October 26, 2012. Please visit for more details and to print out the registration form.

Professors are especially welcome to bring their classes to this innovative learning experience. We ask them to please send us a list of their students. Each professor will receive a confirmation and registration number for each student registered. We ask you to encourage your students to pre-register, as registration at the door can be time consuming and slow down the check-in process

We look forward to seeing you at the event. Below you will find the updated schedule of the symposium. (Please note schedule is subject to change, it will be updated on the MFIT website).

  Thursday, November 8
9:30–10:30 am Check-in, registration, and coffee
Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, second floor
10:30 am–12:30 pm Welcoming remarks
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT/ Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum Patricia Mears, Ivy Style Exhibition
Daniel Cappello, The Ivy League

Dr. Peter McNeil, The Duke of Windsor and the Creation of the Soft Look

12:30 pm Book Signing of Ivy Style and The Ivy League
1–2 pm Lunch break
2–5 pm Dr. Christopher Breward, Ivy Britannicus: Dress, Style, and the British University
Masafumi Monden, Ivy in Japan: A Regalia of Non-Conformity and Privilege
Monica Miller, Howard/Harvard: Black Ivy and “Our Kind of People”

Deirdre Clemente, Ivy Men and Their Seven Sisters: Dating, Sex and Casual Dress, 1920-1960

  Friday, November 9
9:30–10:30 am Check-in, registration, and coffee
Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, second floor
10:30 am–12:30 pm Bruce Boyer, Jazz and Ivy Style at Mid-Century
Richard Press
, J. Press and the Heyday of Ivy

Michael Bastian and Patricia Mears, In Conversation

Jeffrey Banks and Doria de la Chapelle, Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style

12:30 pm Book signing of Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style
1–2 pm Lunch break
2–5 pm Bruce Boyer and Paul Winston, In conversation
Clark Aldrich, Dusty Grainger and John Tinseth, Blogging about Ivy
Claudio Del Vecchio, Brooks Brothers