Perfect Fit - Public Programs

Walking Tours of the Garment District
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 and Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 12:00pm
A former garment industry worker, now a professional tour guide, leads us on a colorful tour of the front doors and back rooms of New York’s fashion industry. 

Judith Leiber on Handbags
January 31, 2006
Judith Leiber, the talented and respected handbag designer known for her bejeweled evening bags in whimsical shapes, speaks about her life and her work.  Judith’s magical handbags have adorned First Ladies and been displayed at museums around the world. Several of her handbags are currently on display in our exhibition, A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry 1860-1960. 

Film Series
Starts February, 2006
Explore the visual media of fashion making and wearing with our special guest, Jim Hoberman, film critic for the Village Voice. The selection of films includes “Yiddish talkies;” films featuring costumes by some of Hollywood’s best-known Jewish costume designers; and documentaries rerlated to exhibition themes.

David Von Drehle on the Triangle Fire
March 23, 2006
David Von Drehle, author and journalist for The Washington Post, reads from his award-winning book, Triangle: The Fire that Changed America to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. This tragic fire raised consciousness on the dangerous working conditions of immigrants in New York City’s sweatshops.

All in a Day’s Work
Sunday, March 26, 2006
A folklore festival combines storytelling, dressmaking demonstrations, and music, bringing to life the multi-ethnic world of the garment industry that has always offered a livelihood for new immigrants.

Curator’s Tours of the Exhibition
January to April  2006
Exhibition viewing and discussion with the exhibition curators.

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Western Shirt, Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors, ca. 1950
Autry National Center, Museum of the American West. Gift of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans


Picket Girls on Duty, N.Y., February 1910
Library of Congress