The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has renewed its support for the FIT Fashion History Timeline—fashionhistory.fitnyc.edu—in the amount of $15,000. This is an increase from last year’s grant of $10,000. The timeline, which was officially launched in February, is an open-access source for fashion history knowledge, featuring objects and artworks from over 100 museums and libraries that span the globe. The timeline website offers well-researched, accessibly written entries on specific artworks, with focused overviews of periods and styles.
Started as a pilot project by FIT art history faculty and students in the fall of 2015, the timeline aims to be an important contribution to public knowledge about the history of fashion and seeks to serve as a constantly growing and evolving resource not only for students and faculty, but also for the wider world of those interested in fashion and dress history—from the Renaissance scholar to the simply curious.
The Kress Foundation—named for the turn of the century five-and-ten store mogul who was an avid art collector—supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.