The Evolution of Fashion Through Illustration

Fashion Illustration: The Visionaries, A Century of Illustrations from the Frances Neady Collection is a seminal exhibition curated from the archives of the Frances Neady Collection of Original Fashion Illustration, which is housed within FIT’s Special Collections and College Archives. The exhibition, on view through March 7 at the Society of Illustrators, showcases 63 of the finest examples of fashion illustration that exemplify technical virtuosity and aesthetic quality rendered by the masters of the genre. 

The artists, many of whom are FIT graduates, have illustrated extensively for leading magazines, newspapers, department stores, and corporations, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, and Town & CountryThe exhibition presents a graphic record of the evolution of fashion illustration from the 1920s to today providing a vivid cultural and visual reflection of fashion through aesthetic, cultural, and social shifts. 

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 E. 63rd St. in Manhattan. For more information about the exhibition, visit

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