New York Historical Society October 2022 Join Alexis Romano, author of Prêt-à-Porter, Paris and Women, and Keren Ben-Horin, Curatorial Scholar of Women’s History for a conversation exploring the postwar readymade industry, situating it in a wider perspective on postwar development of art, design, urbanism, and technology. World War II rattled the French fashion industry. Famous for its rarefied couture houses, Paris was mostly shut down while New York’s designers were propelling their city to the top of the fashion’s capitals by creating dynamic wardrobes of “separates:” ready-to-wear garments that could be mixed and matched. After the war, influenced by New York’s sportswear industry, a new cohort of French designers and consumers revolutionized their own industry by increasingly shifting focus to ready-to-wear fashion. At the same time a new, innovative approach to fashion photography transformed how fashion was presented and consumed globally.
Fashion out of Bounds: William Klein
International Center of Photography, Sept. 1, 2022 William Klein came to fashion photography by chance and turned the industry upside down. Klein’s unconventional and collaborative approach working with models led to striking images that cemented his influence and impact on Vogue, the fashion scene in Paris, and beyond. Ahead of New York Fashion Week, join ICP for a special conversation on Klein’s work in fashion with David Campany, curator of William Klein: YES; Vince Aletti, critic and writer; Alexis Romano, fashion scholar and author of Prêt–a-Porter, Paris and Women: A Cultural Study of French Readymade Fashion, 1945-68 (Bloomsbury, 2022); and Laird Borrelli-Persson, Senior Archive Editor at Vogue.com.
My book launch!
Courtauld Institute of Art June 21, 2022
French Fashion Panel
Society for French Historical Studies, March 2022
I'm quoted in TZR!
March 20, 2022
Tensions and Transferences: Photography, Fashion, and the Quotidian
Metropolitan Museum of Art April 15, 2021 Chemical Affinities: Rainbow-Printed Textiles and Early Photography Courtney Wilder, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Fashion and the Media in Nineteenth-Century Istanbul Nancy Micklewright, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Department of Islamic Art From the Studio to the Street: Art Directing Fashion Photography in Postwar New York Kaitlin Booher, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, Department of Photographs Expanding the Urban Fabric in 1960s French Magazines: Redefined Bodies, Dress, and City Space Alexis Romano, Gerald and Mary Ellen Ritter Memorial Fund Fellow, The Costume Institute Moderator: Nora Kennedy, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Department of Photograph Conservation
Reframing Fashion Studies: Performance, Gender, and the Body
Stanford Humanities Center April 20, 2021
Bard Graduate Center August 11, 2021
Seeing American Spaces and Dress in 1970s Color Film Photography
Columbia College, Chicago February 2020
Fashion and Female Suffrage
Bard Graduate Center November 7, 2019 Alexis Romano leads a conversation about fashion and female suffrage, with the panelists Hazel Clark, Sandra Markus and Kathy Peiss.
Brooklyn Museum September 12, 2019
Fashion Unraveled Colloquium
Museum at FIT September 2018 Inspired by the MFIT exhibition Fashion Unraveled and organized by MFIT and Alexis Romano and Ellen Sampson of the Fashion Research Network, this one-day colloquium explored the concepts of memory, wear, and imperfection in fashion. Speakers focused on imperfect garments and the significance of dressing as a habitual, intimate, and ephemeral act.
What is Fashion Research?
Fashion Institute of Technology September 2017 For its first New York event, the Fashion Research Network (FRN) has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Graduate Studies, to ask “What is fashion research?” Moderated by the FRN's Ellen Sampson and Alexis Romano, this panel brings together some of the city’s leading fashion scholars to consider current approaches to fashion research. By inviting a diverse group of curators, designers, conservators, and historians to discuss a range of projects, this event aims to examine the varying methodologies that may be used to produce fashion research today. The FRN is a UK based organization that promotes the work of researchers in fashion and dress, with the guiding principle that it is only through sharing, discussion and debate that this discipline can grow. The FRN is proud to be continuing its mission at FIT, an institution that has shaped the voice of the fashion industry. Panelists include: Jonathan KYLE Farmer ma(rca); Professor and Chair, MFA Fashion Design, School of Graduate Studies, FIT; Colleen Hill, Curator of Costume and Accessories, Museum at FIT; Anna Reynolds, Curator of Paintings, Royal Collection Trust; Cassandra Gero, Assistant Conservator, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Francesca Granata, Assistant Professor and Director, MA Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design.