October 18-November 21, 2021
An exhibition of contemporary kurtas, hand-embroidered and collaboratively designed by FIT Textile/Surface Design students and Fashion Design students from Pearl Academy, India, with an installation by N'Ketiah Brakohiapa, a textile artist and FIT alum, taking inspiration from his native Ghana.
Using traditional hand-printed techniques and a range of colors and patterns, Brakohiapa's cloths and garments speak to a very long tradition of textile design that is more than just fashion. Brakohiapa's designs are rich in symbolism and expert in their execution.
Brakohiapa's textiles will also be presented in the lobby of the Museum at FIT, where an exhibition of garments worn by Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, statesman, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, will be on view in The Fashion and Textile History Gallery.
Also on view in the Art and Design Gallery will be an installation by Emily Omesi, recent alumna (FD' 21) and award-winner (winner of the Real Leather International Design Competition ) and current Fashion Design student Anthony Cruz.
Special guest artist Sharmistha Ray will be exhibiting conceptual works on paper that involve modes of automatic writing and intuitive geometries. Ray describes her process as "performative South Asian queer- feminist emotional-intellectual labor" and writes for 50 hours to complete a single work.