Florida Tech's Uncommon Threads symposium is offered to the community as part of the university’s continued focus on textile arts. Since 2004, this multi-day event has presented internationally recognized curators, scholars and experts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Thanks to the generous gifts of Ruth Funk - artist, lifelong art educator and local patron of the arts - the Uncommon Threads symposia and the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts are vibrant cultural additions to our Central Florida community.

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2019 Schedule of Events: 

Thursday, February 28, 7:00 p.m., Gleason Performing Arts Center; Free Admission
“Design is All Around Us”

Join Petra Slinkard, the Nancy B. Putnam Curator for Fashion and Textiles as she discusses a newly launched fashion initiative at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts. PEM holds an extraordinary collection of fashion, costumes and textiles from around the world, primarily from the late 17th-century forward. Since 2009, the museum has focused on collecting 20th and 21st-century fashion through major gifts and bequests from nationally and internationally prominent collectors, most notably fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Slinkard’s charge is to lead the museum in a new direction which builds on PEM’s historical strengths in accessories, jewelry, contemporary fiber art, needlework, samplers, quilts, domestic furnishing textiles and upholstery, and military uniforms; in addition to conceptualizing a new permanent installation dedicated to the exploration of both fashion and decorative and industrial design.

This evening event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.


Friday, March 1, 10:30 a.m., Denius Student Center, Hartley Room; Tickets: $75
“American Elegance: Women in Fashion”

Join the Peabody Essex Museum’s Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles, Petra Slinkard as she explores the work and influence of female fashion designers working in the United States during the late 19th and early to mid - 20th century.

This talk will look at the influence and legacy of female designers who provided not only a fresh, and at times, much needed shifted perspective on the design industry, but will also share the personal and professional relationships these female designers had with their peers and the people who wore their clothes.

After a fascinating lecture on the history of women in fashion design, guests will enjoy a champagne reception, three-course luncheon, and a showcase of the Funk Center’s museum shop.

Honorary Chair: Jenifer Marx
Presenting Sponsor: Nita Grisham of Wells Fargo Advisors

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