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Presentation: "Fashion and Slavery, A New Course in Fashion History" by Jonathan M. Square

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Alfond Auditorium 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA, 02115 USA (map)

From the symposium, “Mass Fashion: Past, Present , and Future”:

Scholar Jonathan M. Square will present a paper on fashion and slavery for the “Mass Fashion” symposium, and the description for the symposium is listed below:

Mass Fashion: Past, Present, Future, a joint public symposium, is scheduled for October 5-6, 2018, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It will feature established and emerging Boston designers such as Chris Donovan, Zainab Koroma, Suzanne Watzman, and Erin Robertson, winner of Project Runway season 15, along industry experts such as Chris Wawrousek of New Balance and Tosha Hays of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America. They will be joined by curators and academics who will provide a context for discussing such topics as Industry, Education, Technology, Progressivism, Immigration, and why Massachusetts is the Future of Fashion. Each session will include three 20-minutes talks and be followed by a panel discussion in which audience participation will be encouraged. 

Tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis. They can be picked up the morning of each day of the symposium between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. at the Huntington Avenue entrance of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Tutter at

The symposium is sponsored by the Ann and John Clarkeson Lecture and Programming Fund for Textiles and Costume, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

View the full schedule here.