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NY Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn video to be screened Thursday

November 4, 2013

New York Times critic and fashion journalist Cathy Horyn has created an exclusive presentation for Stephens College and The Kansas City Fashion Group International that will be screened at Stephens this week.

“Why is Fashion Such a Phenom Now” begins 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall. Fresh from European runway shows, her video presentation will include both insights into the media buzz over fashion, as well as a historical account of current styles and the influence of celebrity on fashion.

After the video, a panel of fashion editors and fashion historians will answer questions from the audience about the video. Among panelists will be Caroline Dohack, lifestyles editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, and Ann Brownfield, curator of the Kansas City Garment Museum, author of “We Are Hanging by a Thread,” a former coat and shoe designer and a Stephens College alumna.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We’re excited to have the chance to screen this special presentation,” said Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Fashion and Design. “Between Cathy’s insights and the expertise on our panel, we suspect audience members will leave with a new appreciation of the fashion industry.”

The event is hosted by the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library and the School of Fashion and Design. As an extra treat for attendees, the Bohemian Rhapsody exhibit will be open during special hours from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Historic Costume Gallery in Lela Raney Wood Hall. The exhibit features garments with Bohemian influences, including pieces worn by singer Jane Froman and Columbia socialite Matilda Magnus Price.

Horyn became the fashion critic of The New York Times in 1999 after having spent a year as a fashion reporter. Prior to that, she worked for Vanity Fair magazine, The Washington Post and the Chicago bureau of The Associated Press. Horyn graduated from Barnard College and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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