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Cayuga Museum’s Fashion History & Sustainability Symposium Announced

Sep 06th, 2023

What story does your clothing tell? Find out at the Cayuga Museum’s Fashion History & Sustainability Symposium

About the program:

Our clothing has a story to tell. From the production of raw materials to the hands who piece the fabrics together, what we wear has a global impact. On Saturday, October 7 in the Cayuga Museum of History and Art’s Carriage House Theater, explore the past, present, and future of garment production through the voices of journalists, curators, and industry experts.

The symposium will feature four illustrated talks from 10 AM – 3 PM. Registration includes a complimentary copy of keynote speaker Alyssa Hardy’s book, Worn Out: How Our Clothes Cover Up Fashion’s Sins (2022) and lunch.

Registration is $50 and reservations are required. Register and learn more about the speakers and their presentations at Student rates are available, contact Kirsten at to learn more.

Presenter details:

Nellie Ludemann, Seneca Falls Historical Society - Silent Killers of the Past: A History of Deadly Fashion

Megan Gillen, Cayuga Museum of History and Art - From Dressmaker to Department Store: A Brief History of Clothing Production and Consumption

Dr. Denise Nicole Green, Cornell University Disrupting Design: Fashioning the Future and Breaking Barriers in the Clothing Industry


Alyssa Hardy, Author and Fashion Journalist What Story is Our Clothing Telling? This program is presented in conjunction with Fabrication: Telling Stories through Clothing, on display at the Cayuga Museum through December 30, 2023, and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Governor’s Office and New York State Legislature. The Carriage House Theater is located at 203 Genesee St. (rear). Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the theater just off Orchard Ave. and within the surrounding neighborhood.


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