FIT in the News – May 9, 2022

The Museum at FIT (MFIT) Accreditation
The Museum at FIT (MFIT) has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national standard of recognition afforded museums in the United States. This certifies that MFIT meets the most stringent standards of excellence, following a strenuous review process that AAM member museums undergo every 10 years to maintain their accredited status. MFIT was accredited for the first time in 2012.

Of the nation’s estimated 35,000 museums, approximately 3 percent are currently accredited. Twenty of the nearly 150 museums located in New York City share this honor, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.

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Gilded Age Fashions at the Met Gala
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, commented on the theme of Gilded Age fashions as worn to the Met Gala. (United Kingdom)

Regencycore Styles
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, on the return of Regencycore styles: “The rise of the Empire dress comes out of many themes. It comes out of Caribbean dressing, it comes out of a lot of ideas of Grecian and Roman dressing and is in line with ideas about liberty. There was a mixture of middle class and aristocratic leadership [in the Regency Era], so that less formal looking, more kind of country aristocracy or urban bourgeoisie look was more important and more trendsetting than a more old fashioned French court sort of aristocratic look.”


Psychology of Pink
Daniel Benkendorf, Associate Professor, Psychology, on the meanings behind the various hades of pink: “Hot pink represents quite a contrast [to Millennial pink] because along with being significantly more intense and bold, it is also often perceived as aggressively feminine. Millennial pink, which is muted and soft, was seen as a neutral color that reinvented pink as androgynous. It was calming, unpretentious, and egalitarian. Hot pink demands our attention so that it can invite us to play, or signal something serious.”

Thrift Store Tips
Ajoy Sarkar, professor, Textile Development and Marketing, on tips when shopping at a thrift store: “For summer wear, look for fabrics made from plant sources such as cotton and linen. These fabrics conduct heat efficiently and will be comfortable in hot and humid conditions.”

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