Friday, January 31, 2003

Upcoming Launch of Radar Magazine: Just More Talk?

"Radar is a biweekly magazine about pop culture, current events, style, and politics targeted to upwardly mobile, educated women and men, aged 25 to 39. At newsstands Radar's bold irreverence and smart content distinguishes it from the crowd of bland, celeb-driven clones. Loaded with brash cover lines, unexpected story angles, and powerful photos, Radar packs an editorial punch, with articles that provoke debate, create heat, and regularly make news. Media-savvy post-boomers want affirmation and information. Radar delivers, offering fresh intelligence on the people, music, films, books, plays, gadgets, clothes, and ideas that are important, controversial, or funny right now. Like its readers, it's smart but accessible, stylish but not superficial, and equally at home with high and low culture. By tapping into the changing sensibility of an ascendant generation, Radar will be one of those rare titles—like Rolling Stone in the seventies, Spy in the eighties, and Vanity Fair in the nineties—that define a cultural moment by getting there first." - promo on Radar website.

Founder Maer Roshan says Radar, which is set to launch in April, "will noisily demand its place at center stage (and) will fearlessly cover celebrities..." Fearlessly cover celebrities? I don't know whether to laugh first or cry over that statement. Just think of all those lucky 25-39 age readers waiting in breathless anticipation for the launch of yet another celebrity driven magazine telling readers who is in, what is out and why it is cool. Sounds like Radar is the unholy cross between Talk and Timeout NY. Is there not anyone left in NY media with even the slightest hint of a new idea?. We give Radar - sight unseen - 18 months before it flames out and falls off the screen.

Thursday, January 30, 2003

From the Observer (via

Condé Nast–watchers may have noticed that the masthead of the newly launched Teen Vogue includes Bee Shaffer, who is the teenage daughter of none other than Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue for adults.

Teen Vogue editor in chief Amy Astley indicated that Ms. Shaffer is a natural.

"She’s been involved since the very first issue," Ms. Astley said. "I really love what Bee has to say. She’s obviously the ideal Teen Vogue reader. She and her friends are a ready-made focus group. They’re smart and really sophisticated and clearly know a lot about fashion, but they’re still normal girls."

Ms. Shaffer is not the only Condé Nast kid on the Teen Vogue staff. There’s also Cayli Cavaco, the twentysomething daughter of Allure creative director Paul Cavaco.

"Paul is a friend of mine, so I understood what Cayli’s interests are," Teen Vogue’s new editor in chief said. "She’s very crafty. She likes do-it-yourself projects, so we’re having her do one of those each month.
SADIE'S SORROW? This is Fashion News?

(Email sent) To the Editors of British Vogue On-LIne:

What possible reason do you have to report as a lead (fashion) news item the fact that Sadie Frost is being hospitalized for depression (click here to read story)? I mean really, what is the point of it? Because someone is a celebrity means they give up all rights to privacy. How would you like it if you were suffering from depression and had the fact reported all over your site?

Stick to what you do well - i.e. fashion and leave the crap to PageSix and!

Your truly,

Ernest Schmatolla publisher

Run, Don't Walk...

To Norma Kamali's wonderful shop (OMO), located at 11 West 56th street, (off 5th avenue), 212 957-9797. They are currently having a vintage sale, where everything is $100 and under (it is being re- stocked daily).

The award winning and always innovative designer, has proven time and time again that she is one of the most modern and relevant fashion designers today, and is often way ahead of the pack. I recently 'resusitated' her 3/4 length black and white cotton checked flannel sleeping bag coat, which is undeniably the warmest and most comfy item I own, and it has gotten me through these ridiculously frigid January days in style. It is at least 10 years old, but looks completely new. And since Yohji Yamamoto just showed endless takes on black and white houndstooth checks for his fall/winter 2003 collection- they are sure to resurface on other runways as well. And who cares if they don't? Black and white checks are a time-worn classic and favorite.

In any event, a quick look around Norma's chic shop turned up some of the best cotton denim pieces I have seen for spring/summer 2003 thus far see photo. You know the distressed denim ballskirt that Ralph showed on his runway? Well, aside from costing well into the 4 figures, the worn in and faded look will fade as well. And it doesn't hold a candle to Norma's timeless rendition - an incredible dark denim floor length fishtail skirt (which looks like couture) and only costs $245. In addition, there is a knee length fitted riding jacket ($225), a fitted jean jacket ($95). a low rise flared leg jean ($110), and a 'Grace' ballgown' ($300) all made from the same indigo denim with a touch of stretch added for fit and form. Now, that's what I call a lot of look for the money.
Genart Booted Out of 7thonSixth Shows

They were removed from their Tent show slot on Saturday night at 6PM by IMG when a dispute arose over their corporate sponser, Feria by L'Oreal. Since 7thonSixth has Redken as a sponsor, they would not permit Genart to show under the corporate banner of L'Oreal - conflict of interest. Being a not-for-profit, Genart couldn't afford to show without a sponsor, so they had to leave the Tent!

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

More the Merrier?

New York fashion week is going to be a "buzzy" place with the introduction of three new fashion publications in around the tents of Bryant Park: Style & Design from Time magazine a glossy semi-annual that also will be mailed to high-end Time subscribers, a tabloid called The Daily filled with news & gossip from 7thonsixth and a new behind-the-scenes entry from Women's Wear Daily called Inside New York.

The above three new publications are in addition to WWD that is distributed at the shows and last season's clear winner, Us Weekly's Fashion Week edition, a gossipy sheet called Us Daily. And if that is not enough, Full Frontal Fashion returns with round-the-clock runway coverage Feb. 8-16, and 12-hour coverage Feb. 17-March 30, on MetroStories and Vogue will broadcast the shows again on a giant screen in Bryant Park and this year wants to add screens in Grand Central Terminal and in W hotel lounges.

We wonder if there is enough different things going on during fashion week to fill all of these pages?

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

Friday January 31th 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday February 1st 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street
between 6 th and 7th Ave.
Admission $ 20.00 $15 with this printed email
518 434 4312

(Press Release) Spectacular vintage clothing exhibition and sale. Today's hottest trends at affordable prices! Glamorous clothing and sophisticated accessories. Bias cut velvet dresses, beaded cashmere sweaters, fur trimmed coats and suits, silk lingerie, classic handbags, chiffons, lace and cottons. soft, sexy, comfortable clothing. You'll find the high styles from the last century that inspired todays fashion trends.

Special exhibitions of Dean Sonnenberg's extraordinary collections of corsets. Come view Dean's fabulous collection of period corsets, and his unbelievable new creations! Come join the hunt where top designers get their inspiration.

Friday, January 24, 2003

Black and White Forever:

Why is it that black and white always looks better than anything else? After seeing day after day of dizzying color on the runways of Paris couture, it was most refreshing to be treated to Azzedine Alaia's chic and tailored study in black and white.

I have a feeling that this favorite color combo will also be the color palette of choice for many designers on their fall/winter 2003 runways (Yohji Yamamoto showed his fall collection with the Couture this past week and it too was a study in black and white complete with an explosion of houndstooth checks).

Speaking of black and white, I am adding a black and white silk/satin Chanel blouse from the 80's to my shopping cart. In my opinion, it defines timeless chic.

Report from: Irma Zandl, president ZANDL GROUP

Key changes we're noting in their media involvement over the last five

1. More fragmentation ­ rarer to find 3 or 4 big winners within a category

2. More alternative media, e.g. cable tv vs. network, the internet vs.
magazines, mp3s vs. buying cds

3. Girls are getting more hardcore e.g. rap and rock music, angeline jolie,
the fast and the furious, vin diesel.

Teen girls are involved with a full-range of media, from tv to music to the
internet to magazines. In fact, "entertainment", led by music, movies and
tv, is the usual topic of conversation of 26% of teen girls (up over 40% in
the last five years).


Friends continued to grow in popularity as it became more widely syndicated
making it the favorite show of 22% of teen girls (up slightly from last
year and up a phenomenal 630% from 1998). However, the show has now
clearly peaked.

Various mtv shows (e.g. trl, real world) are favorites of 9%, followed by
the simpsons (8%). Reality shows, with the exception of mtv's real world,
are seldom mentioned as "favorite tv show" ­ possibly because they are
perceived to be more like "specials" than on-going shows.

Other notables: sponge bob square pants, a cult favorite from nickelodeon
with licensed goods available at hot topic.


Rap, rock and r&b are the most popular music genres among teen girls.
Rap/hip hop is holding steady at 29% with eminem and nelly the most
popular. Rock has been coming on strong, up over 40% in the last year.
Pop has taking a nosedive, down over 30%. Two smaller genres showing signs
of life: punk and country.


Teen girls buy their favorite movies so they can enjoy them whenever
they're in the mood to do so. They like both comedy and drama, but their
favorite movie last year was all action: the fast and the furious with vin
diesel (a small movie that offered something fresh both in subject matter
and stars). in general, movies with cool soundtracks have the inside
track, e.g. in 2001 the big movie of the year was save the last dance (a
small mtv movie).


On the actor/actress front, josh hartnett and vin diesel are the new
hotties but their popularity (at 8% and 4%) pales compared to leonardo
dicaprio's star rating five years ago when he was the favorite actor of
almost 30% of the girls. Julia roberts still dominates amongst actresses
but her star is fading with J. lo and angeline jolie nipping at her heels.


teen magazines have taken a huge hit over the last five years. While 53%
of teen girls mentioned at least one teen magazine as their favorite in
2002, 98% did so five years ago, a 46% decline. The teen girl magazine
shakeout has to be just around the corner, especially as girls make the
internet a more integral part of their lives.


76% of teen girls have a favorite web site and one quarter bought something
online in the last year. Popular web sites include yahoo, hotmail,
opendiary, abercrombie & fitch, alloy, blackplanet, lyrics, and the spark.
using the web is an every day activity and is the preferred way to check
out everything from what's on tv to concert listings to the latest sales at
the gap.

Thursday, January 23, 2003

Quote of the Day:

From New Zealand website The Thread "The dumbing down by the fashion media" By Megan Johnson:

"Journalists are basically lazy, says Coleridge (Managing Director of Conde Nast Publications). It’s very easy to give people what they want, therefore the catering to the lowest common denominator by the media. Despite attempts by the BBC and Channel 4 to do a ‘serious’ show on fashion as a cultural, social or economic force, the programme inevitably turns into a showcase of sexy models in outrageous outfits and stories on sex and drugs presented by a silly skinny blonde!

Fashion should be treated like architecture or modern art. Instead, fashion became trivialised by the entertainment industry, ie it became SHOWBIZ> Money and sex and celebrity is vital to it. Actresses decided they wanted to be models. Actresses now are ‘starlets’, and Hollywood markets to age 11-18. Labels have taken over from fashion, instead of a reason that we like the garment, we slavishly adhere to what a label dictates. Shows sell the label’s perfume brand, a little bit of glamour we can buy for $100."

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

From 'Runway to Reality':

Haute couture may not be relevant for most women, but in her The New York Times review of the first day of couture shows in Paris, Cathy Horyn touched on something that is. As she put it, "Women still have to wear these clothes...the trick is to dress women and, at the same time, say something that keeps the cool-seekers engaged." Indeed, one of the best things designers can do for women these days especially, is to show them cool, modern ways to wear the familiar time worn favorites and classics, and give them a modern spin.

Of course, as Ms. Horyn pointed out, this is something that was the signature of Yves St. Laurent . As she put it, "St. Laurent is a master at building on the familiar, knowing that some women don't want that much change." And this continues to be a strong signature of Jean Paul Gaultier, who like Mr. St. Laurent, obsessively reinvents classics like trenchcoats, pantsuits, or pea jackets, but by mixing them with street elements, brings them into the 21st century.

As we head into the fall/winter 2003 collections, it seems that designers are once again yearning to touch bases with reality, and are seeking authenticity in their collections. This is something that was voiced by some of the designers I spoke with (when I asked how they see the coming season), and it is something that seems very much in the air (as illustrated by the recent fall/winter 2003 menswear shows in Milan, where Tom Ford hit on 70's military themes- yet again, and Ralph Lauren strove to update his "iconic classics". This seems more than likely to be translated for their women's collections. In other words, don't expect to find distressed denim bustle ballskirts paired with beaded tops this time around on Ralph's runway, he will be going back to more signature statements.

On another note, you know you've been in the fashion business too long, when the sight of Lara Flynn Boyle, dressed as a slightly fetishist ballerina, ceases to be shocking, or even look strange. It certainly doesn't look strange when you think about runways filled with over the top statement making clothing (as typified by couture and designers like John Galliano.) This was brought home in today's 'Fashion' section of The New York Times, where along with Cathy Horyn's review of couture, there was an article on the Golden Globes. Just a little above the picture of Lara Flynn Boyle- dressed in her pink tutu- there was a shot of Jean Paul Gaultier's "impressionistic cors de ballet" haute couture ensemble which had a very similar feeling. As they say- 'from runway to reality.'

Friday, January 17, 2003

'Gimme Shelter':

I am certainly not alone in my observation that anything to do with the house and home seem particularly appealing and relevant these days. And as I said when I heard the news that Kate Betts is working on a prototype shelter magazine for Time Inc. called (at the moment) 'Haven'.... I bet she became more attuned to her home lair after being thrown out of her office at Harper's Bazaar.

Last night the throngs (very very rich throngs, that is) turned up dressed to the nines (as always) for the Opening Night Party for the 49th Annual Winter Antique Show. It always seems to be held on what seems to be the coldest night of the year, and it has traditionally been held at the Seventh Regiment Armory, at Park and 67th street -where most of the attendees can conveniently walk from their Park Avenue duplexes. But alas, last year, it was staged at the New York Hilton because after 9/ll, the Armory was still technically in use for more 'important' things than furniture.

The very fashionable evening found many of the truly fashionable not only in attendance, but holding key positions for the event. Chanel's Arie Kopelman has long been the show's Chairman, and this year, Diane Von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller served as Honorary Co- Chairmen for the Opening Night Party which was sponsored by Elle Decor Magazine.

Drinks flowed throughout (courtesy Moet & Chandon), the food was beautiful and plentiful, and the huge space was aglow in flowers and flattering lighting. I always love looking at antiques- whether they are in the form of vintage clothing and accessories, or for the home. I even found some items (especially a fantastic Oriental rug) that I can honestly say I would rather spend my money on these days, than on a frivolous wearable.

And to prove that while people may not be spending money on clothes these days, they are spending their money on things to fill their environment, I can attest to the fact that many of the premium objects already had little red dots on them (signifying that they have already been sold).

'Full Frontal Fashion' Is Back On WE: Women's Entertainment Network

Wednesday February 5th at 8:45AM-10AM: Full Frontal Fashion Preview by We: Women's Entertainment at Jean Georges, 1 Central Park South. Contact: LaForce & Stevens 242-9353
WE: Women's Entertainment acquired 'Full Frontal Fashion' from the tri-state area's MetroTV back in September 2002. The now weekly series will make its national debut on Sunday, April 6 at 6:30pm. Most of the program's familiar faces will be returning, including Judy Licht, Robert Verdi, Christina Ha, Constance White, The Men's Department's Scott Omelianuk, Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley, InStyle Fashion Features Director Hal Rubenstein, celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan and Glamour Executive Fashion Director Suze Yalof Schwartz.

However the show's most recent host, Brooke Alexander, will be replaced by "Doritos Girl" Ali Landry. Ali is currently the host of NBC's hidden camera series "Spy TV," a position she will continue to hold in addition to her hosting 'Full Frontal Fashion'. A special sneak preview of the new program will be on WE Sunday, February 23 at 8pm.

Monday, January 13, 2003

Kate Bett's Safe "Haven"

The news that Kate Betts is working on a Time Inc. shelter magazine entitled, 'Haven' has led me to speculate that perhaps her prolonged time at home, away from an office after being fired from her job as editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar, has given her a keener understanding and appreciation of the home. It's been well documented that especially following 9/11, the home has taken on new meaning and become much more of a focus than in the past, and publications celebrating one's living environment are doing particularly well at a time where many others are suffering

And speaking about new publications, the soon to be launched 'Teen Vogue' sounds like a bargain hunter's paradise. Selling at just $1.50 a copy, the pages will be filled with affordable fashions, accessories, and beauty products. Even though it is geared toward the teen, that doesn't mean that bargain savvy women won't be able to find items that are both fashionable and inexpensive..

Friday, January 10, 2003

Shop Till You Drop, cont'd...

Since it's a brand new year (a perfect time to reflect, take stock, and start afresh), and Fashion Week is upon us with promises of yet another dizzying round of fashion shows marked by hype and fabricated drama, I was especially struck by a recent Letter to the Editor in The New York Times. As a fashion professional, I am always interested in the perspective of those who are 'laymen' so to speak, and approach fashion and clothing from a different, much less passionate or frivolous point of view.

The writer was responding to an article from January 4th "A Bored Shopper's Lament: Seen a Store, Seen Them All", which sought to lay blame for poor holiday sales on the retailers. Ms. Orr instead believes that people "have reached their saturation point." She went on to comment, "How much stuff does one need? After 9/11, we obeyed the president, who told us to shop. And we finally stopped. Blame aging boomers, who realized that what's important in life is not more things. I personally don't want a larger house to hold even more junk. My resolution is to simplify and purge those things that I don't use and never will. What does all this consuming do to us, our families and the world? Perhaps we'd be better off spending less time and money on things that don't add any value."

Of course, I couldn't agree more with these wise and temperate sentiments- which also happen to be diametrically opposed to the very core of the fashion business...The fashion industry (and fashion magazines) constantly try to pull the wool over the consumer's eyes, by enticing her, baiting her, and trying to make her believe that unless she buys the new jacket with the smaller (or larger) proportions, that pant with a slightly fuller (or narrower) leg, the jeans with a lower (or higher waistband), or the 'bag of the season' (whatever that happens at the moment), she can't possibly feel fulfilled or happy.

The smart woman knows better- she can't be fooled- which is one reason why the fashion business, and the retail arena are having such a tough time of it these days.. So as I gaze into my own overstuffed closets filled with what seems to be duplicates and triplicates of the same items, I can't wait to see what the designers want to foist on us for fall/winter 2003...stay tuned!

Fashion Week of the Americas
- Fashion, Celebrities and Entertainment on South Beach!

(Press Release) Fashion Week of the Americas, the largest international showcase of Latin American, Caribbean and European designers in the U.S. Featuring daily fashion events as well as entertainment by prominent Latin entertainers.March 18 - 22, 2003. Takes place in the Fashion Tents on the Beach, Roney Palace Beach Resort, 2399 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. For registration and further details, go to or contact Sobol Fashion Productions at (954) 476-5761.

For Press:
Sharon Kersten
Kersten Communications
1815 Bay Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Ph 305.867.0933
Fax 305.867.8554
Cel 305.458.3639

Wednesday, January 08, 2003


(Press Release) ASHA, the fashion production company, is producing an exciting off-site fashion show venue for New York's Fall 2003 Fashion Week entitled ashastyle. This new 2-day venue at the popular Times Square Studios, is the place to be to catch the shows for hot emerging fashion designers. The dates for this fashion event will be Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th, 2003. A great perk is that the Street Level Studio at Times Square Studios, is just blocks away from Bryant Park at 1500 Broadway and 44th Street!

Ashastyle offers designers all the standard show production services to assist in preparing for a successful show. The Street Level Studio (where they shoot Good Morning America) will offer an intimate setting with enough capacity for 300 guests. This unusual runway environment is extraordinarily unique because glass windows wrap around this corner studio, inviting the general public to view an exclusive show. This is a fun, new destination for New York's Fall 2003 Collections!

Designers have the option to apply for an associate membership with 7th on Sixth and show in our new venue at Times Square Studios. The associate membership will be determined by 7th on Sixth and the Fashion Calendar time slots will be a deciding factor.

This season, Goldwell Professional Haircare, the official sponsor of ashastyle, will debut their hot hairstyling skills on the runways of New York City ashastyle. Guests will even get some great new Goldwell goodies. For more information about this venue, contact Hope McGrath at ASHA, 917.351.1395.

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Happy New Year!

I will be adding more vintage items to my 'Marilyn's Bazaar' shopping cart this week, so keep looking. Included will be a pair of Casadei pumps from the 80's that mix clear plastic (a big trend) with sequins, a 60's mini coat in ivory leather trimmed with 9 inches of natural shearling at the hem (another big trend, as you know), and a 70's Lanvin brown vinyl maxi skirt decorated with large black wool flowers. Happy hunting!

Monday, January 06, 2003

Annex NY: A Fashion Trade Event by 'Designers & Agents'

Time: January 12th-14th at 9AM-7PM:
Location: 450 West 31 Street.

Designers and Agents' mission is to represent the best of young designers and contemporary fashion to the global marketplace. Designers and Agents is an alternative fashion trade event, which showcases over 300 of the fashion industry's newest and brightest ready to wear and accessory designers toa global audience of retailers and press. D & A exhibits in three cities, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

For more information contact: Designers & Agents 302-9575; PR: Company Agenda 358-9616


Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, 2003
Fashion Institute of Technology, Haft Auditorium, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Registration fee is $10; free for FIT students and faculty. Registration is required.

Bringing together a group of internationally renowned scholars, The Museum at FIT presents a two-day symposium discussing the femme fatale in Belle Epoque Paris, the sexual politics of 19th century women's fashion, and how fashion contributed to the formation of the modern woman.

To register, download and print the registration card (Adobe Acrobat required). Mail the completed card by January 15, 2003 with a check or money order made out to the Museum at FIT to:

Tamsen Schwartzman
Museum at FIT, Room E210
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992

FIT students and faculty must also include a photocopy of their FIT ID with the registration card.

Friday, January 24th

9:00am - 10:00am
Check-in and Registration
Haft Auditorium, C Building

10:00am - 12:30pm
1. Valerie Steele, "Femme Fatale"
2. Emily Apter, "The Weaponized Woman: Rachilde's Lethal Amazon, La Marquise de Sade"
3. Rae Beth Gordon, "Fashion and the White Savage in the Parisian Music Hall"

2:00pm - 5:30pm
4. Bruno Remaury, "Between Beauty, Illness and Death: Physiological Aspects of the Femme Fatale in Cultural Representations of Feminity"
5. Hollis Clayson, "Vulgarians in Paris: Prostitutes and American Women on the Town"
6. Linda Nochlin, "Manet, Fashion and the Femme Fatale"
7. Deborah Davis, "Strapless: Madame X and the Scandal that Shocked Belle Epoque Paris"

Saturday, January 25th

Noon - 1:00 pm
Check-in and Registration
Haft Auditorium, C Building

1:00pm - 4:00pm
1. Mary Louise Roberts, "The Fantastic Sarah Bernhardt"
2. Debra Silverman, "The New Woman at the Costume Institute"
3. Barbara Vinken, "Artful Fatalism in the French Fin de Siecle"
4. Nancy Troy, "Femme Fatale or False Fashion: The Caricature of Couture Culture"

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Museum Reception and viewing of exhibition
The Museum at FIT, E Building

Emily Apter, professor of French at New York University and author of Feminizing the Fetish will speak about "The Weaponized Woman: Rachilde's Lethal Amazon, La Marquise de Sade"

Hollis Clayson, professor of art history at Northwestern University and author of Painted Love will speak on the topic "Vulgarians in Paris: Prostitutes and American Women on the Town"

Deborah Davis, author and historian, will discuss her forthcoming book Strapless: Madame X and the Scandal that Shocked Belle Epoque Paris

Rae Beth Gordon, author of Ornament, Fantasy, and Desire in Nineteenth-Century French Literature will speak on the topic "Fashion and the White Savage in the Parisian Music Hall"

Linda Nochlin, professor of art at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and author of Women, Art and Power and Other Essays will discuss "Manet, Fashion and the Femme Fatale"

Bruno Remaury, research director of the Institut Francais de la Mode and author of Le Beau Sexe Faible, will present "Between Beauty, Illness and Death: Physiological Aspects of the Femme Fatale in Cultural Representations of Femininity"

Mary Louise Roberts, professor of European women's history at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Disruptive Acts: The New Woman in Fin de Siecle France, will present "The Fantastic Sarah Bernhardt"

Debora Silverman, associate professor of history at UCLA and author of Art Nouveau in Fin-de-Siecle France will speak on "The New Woman at the Costume Institute"

Valerie Steele, acting director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, author of Paris Fashion, and editor of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body, and Culture, will speak about FIT's museum exhibition of the femme fatale

Nancy Troy, professor of art history at the University of Southern California and author of Modernism and the Decorative Arts in France, will present "Femme Fatale or False Fashion: The Caricature of Couture Culture"

Barbara Vinken, professor of French literature at Hamburg University and author of Mode nach der Mode

For more information, contact The Museum at FIT at 212 217.5958 or