sub-sub-sub-series 14 - Soul Club oral history project, 2022-2023

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US NNFIT SC.FITA.3.20.4.9.14

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Soul Club oral history project, 2022-2023

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  • 2022-2023 (Creation)

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Taur Orange is the head of Educational Opportunity Programs at FIT.

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Andrea Kleine is the author of the novels, CALF, a Publishers' Weekly Best Fiction Book of 2015; and EDEN, named one of "Summer's Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers" by Vanity Fair and a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award in LGBTQ fiction. Her work includes fiction, essays, performances, and, most recently, films. She is a five-time MacDowell fellow and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. Kleine worked in the FIT Library for many years until 2023, initiating the Soul Fashion Club oral history project in that time.

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The Gladys Marcus Library is the library at FIT and supports the academic and research needs of the FIT community. Collections are comprised of both physical and electronic resources which include: trend forecasting services, sketch collections, clipping files, and fashion show DVDs. The library also houses a special collections divison (FIT SPARC) that includes rare and manuscript materials, as well as corporate and academic archives.

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The Soul Club Oral History Project is an initiative of the FIT Library, inspired by the Soul Club fashion shows’ exuberance, positivity, dynamism, and joy. For this oral history project, FIT alumni and faculty members are interviewed about their participation and experience in the Soul Club. The goal of this project is to explore FIT’s rich and diverse history and uplift, amplify, and publicly share the stories of Black fashion students and faculty members as told by the community members themselves.

Taur Orange, interviewer, is the head of Educational Opportunity Programs at FIT.

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