Fashion Arts Society

The Fashion Arts Society (FAS) seeks to promote interest and appreciation of textile and fashion arts, through the study of couture and cloth from around the world. FAS members have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of textile and fashion arts through education, discourse and social engagement. Members also benefit from exclusive exhibition previews, private tours, free admission to lectures and special events, as well as the opportunity to help facilitate the expansion and enrichment of the IMA’s textile and fashion arts collection. Among other benefits of joining the FAS are opportunities to travel to see private and public exhibitions and collections as a group.

FAS held its inaugural event on April 8, 2010. Prospective FAS members enjoyed a private preview of the exhibition, Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture from the IMA’s Collection.

On May 2, 2013, FAS celebrated its third year anniversary with the Hats Off! luncheon. The program included an exhibition sneak peek, presentation by author and photographer Michael Cunningham and prizes for the best hats worn.

FAS is led by a board of directors and is advised by Niloo Paydar, curator of textile & fashion arts, as well as a Museum Affiliate liaison.

Exhibitions & Events

Learn about the current featured exhibition Majestic African Textiles.

View the calendar of events below, and stay up to date on the latest by following the FAS Group on Facebook, or by reading the latest FAS Newsletter: FAS newsletter Winter/Spring 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Costume Jewelry Show 'n' Share hosted by Elizabeth and Stephen Taylor

Join FAS founding members Elizabeth and Stephen Taylor in their lovely home for an intimate evening, featuring a costume jewelry presentation by Elizabeth, collector and expert. Wear or bring one beloved piece of your own to share its story or to find out more about it. More details coming soon!

Thursday, May 8

Hats Off! Hat Over Heels
Fashion Arts Society’s 3rd Annual Meeting & Hats Off Lecture/Luncheon

Heights of Fashion: A Short History of the High Heel
Presented by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada
11 am | Lecture in The Toby followed by lunch in the Deer Zink Events Pavilion
The lecture is free & open to the pubic

Luncheon highlights include hat/shoe-themed awards presented by a panel of judges, door prizes and specially selected auction items.

Luncheon Ticket Information:
Early Bird Registration (RSVP by April 25)
$55 - FAS members
$68 – Public
$440 – Table of eight

Late Registration (between April 26 and May 2)
$75 – All Attendees
$600 – Table of eight
Please note: all but $20 of the ticket price is tax deductible.

Visit the Hats Off Event Page for more information or to purchase tickets
Questions? Email or call FAS president Kimann Schultz at or 317-690-0190.

Recent Photos of FAS Annual Spring Luncheon: Hats Off!

2013-2014 Board Officers

Executive Committee:
Kimann Schultz, President
Patricia Curran, Vice President
Elizabeth Taylor, Treasurer
Leslie Bailey, Secretary
Kari Eisenhooth, Past President

FAS Membership Dues

Become a member of FAS today! In order to be eligible for membership in FAS, you must be an IMA member. If you are a student you are eligible for a special membership rate. For more information please contact the Development department at 317-923-1331 ext. 434

Free for students (ID required)
$50 Fashion professional or young member (under 40)
$100 Individual
$150 Couple

$250 Halston Level Donor
$500 Dior Level Donor
$1,000 Chanel Level Donor

All but $25 of your tax-deductible membership dues go towards The Fashion Arts Society Acquisition Fund. This fund will enable the IMA to acquire important couture creations for the permanent collection.

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