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Paris, Capital of Fashion

Join us for a presentation with author, curator, and editor, Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Steel has organized more than 25 exhibitions since 1997, including The Corset, London Fashion, Gothic: Dark Glamour, Daphne Guinness, A Queer History of Fashion, and Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color.

She is also the author or editor of more than 25 books, Paris Fashion, Women of Fashion, Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power, The Corset, The Berg Companion to Fashion, and Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT.  In addition, she is founder and editor in chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, the first peer-reviewed, scholarly journal in Fashion Studies.

Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D) with the rare ability to communicate with general audiences, and has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion.

Since 1981, the Steven & Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series has introduced internationally renowned artists, museum curators, scholars and critics to the South Florida Community. These speakers have shaped art history through their scholarly, creative, and leadership contributions.  They have inspired us to think critically, investigate further, and consider the discourses and practices that shape the world of art.