Ariele Elia is assistant curator of costume and textiles at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. She began working at the museum in 2010. She has co-curated Fashion and Technology in 2012, followed by Trend-ology in 2013. In 2014 she curated Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits in 2014. Elia has lectured on a variety of fashion topics at NYU, Oxford University, Fordham Law, Eyebeam, USC, and the University of Rhode Island. Published essays include “The Wardrobe of the Modern Athlete: Activewear in the 1930s” and “Knocked-Off: The Law of Protecting Fashion Design.”
Elia holds an M.A. in Fashion and Textile: History, Theory, and Museum Practices from the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as a B.A. in Art History from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Elizabeth Way is the Curatorial Assistant at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and co-curator of Global Fashion Capitals. Liz has been with the Museum at FIT since 2013. She has spoken at conferences for the Costume Society of America and Interdisciplinary.net’s global fashion conference series, FASH5 and FASH6. Her publications include: “Elizabeth Keckly and Ann Lowe: Recovering an African American Fashion Legacy That Clothed the American Elite” in Fashion Theory, (February 2015), “Elizabeth Keckly and Anne Lowe: Constructing Fashionable Black Identity” in Fashion and Its Multi-Cultural Facets (2014), and “Intersections of Movement and Style: African American Dance and Fashion in the Twentieth Century,” in Dance and Fashion (2013). She holds an M.A. in Costume Studies from New York University, and a B.S. in Apparel Design and a B.A. in History from the University of Delaware.