Fashion and Feminism
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Fashion and Feminism

In this symposium inspired by our Berthe Morisot exhibition, curators, scholars, and designers explore the complicated relationship between feminism and fashion. 

Mainstream feminism has long argued that the pursuit of fashion is inherently oppressive for women—from the fussy nineteenth-century ensembles depicted by Berthe Morisot to the sexualized styles pervading today’s pop culture. In recent decades, however, a more inclusive, intersectional feminism has opened up a way of thinking about fashion as a powerful form of self-definition and political expression. Hardly restrictive, fashion is now viewed as a versatile tool with enormous potential for subverting expectations around gender and sexuality; for delivering sharp political statements; and for asserting one’s own agency in a culture that constantly wants to prescribe what women should be. Even the corseted women in Morisot’s paintings might be understood as harnessing fashion’s potential to express something of the self.

Talks will address clothing’s role in political movements like black women’s liberation and nineteenth-century dress reform; the relationship between sexuality, objectification, and empowerment; and the portrayal of fashion in art forms like film and painting. We will also hear from two cutting-edge designers whose work actively addresses some of the key concerns of contemporary intersectional feminism.

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May's Place Spring Collection Launch Hosted by Rikki Byrd
Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

May's Place Spring Collection Launch Hosted by Rikki Byrd

The days are getting longer and little green shoots are starting to poke out of the ground. That only means one thing--Spring is almost here! 

Celebrate the new season and all the fresh arrivals that come with it as we launch our Spring Vintage Collection with special host and St. Louis fashion insider, Rikki Byrd. 

Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while you shop.

Find out more about Rikki Byrd on the blog here: https://goo.gl/hCzyJZ

 

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Black Fashion Founders
Feb
7
3:00 PM15:00

Black Fashion Founders

For Black History Month and New York Fashion Week, CFDA and the Accelerate with Google program (which empowers diverse small business owners and entrepreneurs to participate in the digital economy) will host a Black Fashion Founders Summit. The event, at Google NYC (in Chelsea), will bring together Black creators, innovators, and thought leaders to discuss fashion and inclusive design in a technology driven world. You’ll be joined by renowned YouTube creators, fashion designers, and technology specialists for panel discussions followed by a brief overview on building your brand with YouTube and time to mingle.

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Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Fashion + Activism + Civil Rights

Sometimes fashion is more than just style. Rikki Byrd, Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss the intersections of fashion, race, and activism, from enslaved black seamstresses who saved their earnings to purchase their freedom, to respectability politics within the civil rights movement, to hoodies and political statement T-shirts. 

 

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Sep
16
11:30 AM11:30

Community Curating: Stitching Together the History of a People

Rikki Byrd will be in conversation with Kimberly Jenkins and Tanisha Ford during a panel discussion at this conference  that will connect the African Diaspora in Brooklyn, New York City, and the rest of the world through the study of sartorial expression. Inspired by the current Fashioning the Women of Weeksville exhibit, The Legacy Project presents Community Curating: Stitching Together the History of a People. This conference will include artists, writers, academics, curators, and other members of the Weeksville community who have devoted themselves to understanding fashion in black communities.

 

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Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Reflections on the African American Experience through Everyday Dress

Rikki Byrd will explore everyday dress and the African American experience via artwork by Horace Pippin, Charles White, Allan Rohan Crite, John Steuart Curry, Walter Ellison and Elder Cortor. 

These free, hour-long informal discussions offer insights into the Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibitions. They take place in the galleries (unless otherwise noted) and are led by curators, museum educators, professors, artists, and other experts.

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Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

Reflections on the African American Experience through Everyday Dress

Rikki Byrd will explore everyday dress and the African American experience via artwork by Horace Pippin, Charles White, Allan Rohan Crite, John Steuart Curry, Walter Ellison and Elder Cortor. 

These free, hour-long informal discussions offer insights into the Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibitions. They take place in the galleries (unless otherwise noted) and are led by curators, museum educators, professors, artists, and other experts.

 

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Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

Cocktails and Conversations: Hip Hop and Fashion: From the Streets to the Runway

This lively panel discussion will examine the evolution of hip-hop culture and its impact on fashion, art, and ideas of black masculinity. Panelists include Rikki Byrd, writer, educator and scholar, with research interests in Black studies and fashion history, and Dr. Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., associate professor of African & African American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
$15 General/$10 Members
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