Staten Island Mode: Exploring Fashion Stereotypes

Do you think Staten Islanders have a fashion sense that is unique and recognizable? Are you expressing or exploring your identity as a Staten Islander through what you wear at work, at play and at different times in your life? Do you notice images of Staten Islanders in pop culture that use dress to portray stereotypes? If so, then we want to hear from you, meet you and have a look in your wardrobe in order to present a truer and more interesting portrait of the fashionable Staten Islander as part of a project called S.I. Mode.

Exploring Fashion Stereotypes: Do you notice Staten Island stereotypes in television and film, or are you constantly being reminded of them in conversations with others? How true or false do you think they are? Do you relate to them or do you think they are harmful exaggerations?

WHEN: August 27 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: Cottage B at Snug Harbor
ADMISSION: Free | Registration requested here

In this workshop, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these important subjects. We’ll also watch film clips together and carry out a drawing exercise in which we collectively “design” an authentic Staten Islander – and what they might wear.

At these workshops, curators Alexis Romano and Jenna Rossi-Camus will introduce the Staten Island Mode project and invite you to contribute your voices, images and memories to an archive that will be presented in an exhibition at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in 2023.

Get involved now: Share your thoughts and experiences with Staten Island fashion and take the Staten Island Mode survey here.

Staten Island Mode: Exploring Memory and Identity Through Dress is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This project is made possible in part by a DCA Premier grant from Staten Island Arts, with public support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and NYSCA Future Culture Creative Placemaking Grant.

SI Mode: Exploring Memory and Identity Through Dress workshops are additionally sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition and website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.