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February 2018

Exhibition: Norman Norell: Dean of American Fashion — Opens

February 9
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Norman Norell for Traina-Norell, subway coat and dress, c.1958, gift of Lauren Bacall. February 9–April 14, 2018  This large-scale retrospective is an in-depth study of one of America’s greatest and most influential fashion designers. It is organized by guest curator Jeffrey Banks and MFIT’s deputy director Patricia Mears. Born in 1900, Norman Norell had an extraordinary career that spanned six decades. Working in the theater, film, and fashion industries, he incorporated the highest quality couture construction techniques and workmanship in…

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April 2018

Exhibition: Norman Norell: Dean of American Fashion — Closes

April 14
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Norman Norell for Traina-Norell, subway coat and dress, c.1958, gift of Lauren Bacall. February 9–April 14, 2018  This large-scale retrospective is an in-depth study of one of America’s greatest and most influential fashion designers. It is organized by guest curator Jeffrey Banks and MFIT’s deputy director Patricia Mears. Born in 1900, Norman Norell had an extraordinary career that spanned six decades. Working in the theater, film, and fashion industries, he incorporated the highest quality couture construction techniques and workmanship in…

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May 2018

Exhibition: The Body: Fashion and Physique — Closes

May 5
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Maison Martin Margiela, tunic, linen, spring 1997, Belgium, museum purchase. December 5, 2017 – May 5, 2018 Fashion is inextricably linked to the physical form of the wearer. The cut of a garment draws the eye to zones of the body, simultaneously accentuating and concealing in order to achieve a desired silhouette. Elaborate undergarments, diet regimens, exercise routines, and even plastic surgery have all been promoted as necessary tools for attaining the ideal fashion shape. However, the idealized fashionable body…

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Exhibition: Fashion Unraveled — Opens

May 29
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Detail of ensemble by XULY.Bët, repurposed acrylic sweaters, fall 1994, gift of XULY.Bët. May 29 – November 17, 2018  Fashion Unraveled will examine the concepts of imperfection and incompletion in fashion. Garments that are altered, unfinished, or deconstructed, in addition to clothing that shows signs of wear, will highlight the aberrant beauty in flawed objects. Unless such imperfections are intentional—as they are in the case of deconstructed fashion—these garments are often overlooked in museum collections. This exhibition will include a…

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September 2018

Exhibition: Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color — Opens

September 7
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Afternoon dress, pink silk taffeta, 1857, USA, museum purchase. September 7, 2018–January 5, 2019  Pink is popularly associated with little girls, ballerinas, Barbie dolls, and all things feminine. Yet the symbolism and significance of pink have varied greatly across time and space. The stereotype of pink-for-girls versus blue-for-boys may be ubiquitous today, but it only gained traction in the mid-20th century. In the eighteenth century, when Madame de Pompadour helped make pink fashionable at the French court, it was perfectly…

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November 2018

Exhibition: Fashion Unraveled — Closes

November 17
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Detail of ensemble by XULY.Bët, repurposed acrylic sweaters, fall 1994, gift of XULY.Bët. May 29 – November 17, 2018  Fashion Unraveled will examine the concepts of imperfection and incompletion in fashion. Garments that are altered, unfinished, or deconstructed, in addition to clothing that shows signs of wear, will highlight the aberrant beauty in flawed objects. Unless such imperfections are intentional—as they are in the case of deconstructed fashion—these garments are often overlooked in museum collections. This exhibition will include a…

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January 2019

Exhibition: Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color — Closes

January 5, 2019
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Afternoon dress, pink silk taffeta, 1857, USA, museum purchase. September 7, 2018–January 5, 2019  Pink is popularly associated with little girls, ballerinas, Barbie dolls, and all things feminine. Yet the symbolism and significance of pink have varied greatly across time and space. The stereotype of pink-for-girls versus blue-for-boys may be ubiquitous today, but it only gained traction in the mid-20th century. In the eighteenth century, when Madame de Pompadour helped make pink fashionable at the French court, it was perfectly…

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