Symposium | Elizabeth Way and Joy L. Bivins “The African Diaspora in Fashion Exhibitions”

by Elizabeth Way & Joy L. Bivins


The Museum at FIT presented Exhibiting Fashion, its twenty-first academic symposium on Friday, March 8, 2019. This symposium explored the history of fashion curating, the different ways fashion is displayed in museum settings, and how national and regional identities influence fashion exhibitions. The symposium was organized in conjunction with Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT, which commemorated the rich history of the museum, the site of more than 200 exhibitions since the 1970s.

Elizabeth Way is an assistant curator of costume at MFIT. She co-curated the exhibitions Global Fashion Capitals and Black Fashion Designers and curated the current exhibition Fabric In Fashion.

Joy L. Bivins is the chief curator of the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. As director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum, she collaborated on projects such as Teen Chicago and Inspiring Beauty: Fifty Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.

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