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Exhibition: Asian Americans in New York Fashion: Design, Labor, Innovation — Opens

March 2, 2022

Long, strapless "Tibetan Tiger" column dress with large-scale design printed in shades of orange, gray and black on nylon net, with black jersey underdress
Vivienne Tam, dress, spring 1998, USA, gift of Vivienne Tam, 98.50.1

March 2–27
Gallery FIT

Asian Americans in New York Fashion: Design, Labor, Innovation celebrates the Asian American community’s diverse contributions to the fashion industry. The recent rise of violent, racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need to increase support and awareness around the complex narratives and expansive achievements of this community. New York City is a fashion capital with a large and diverse Asian American community whose members contribute to every aspect of fashion production, from manufacturing to creative design. This exhibition does not attempt to represent the entire Asian American experience; instead, it highlights the depth and variety of Asian American design through object-based analysis. The exhibition examines topics such as labor and process in addition to exploring design motivation.

This exhibition is presented by students in FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program.  This program builds knowledge in fashion and textile history, object conservation, and exhibition theory over the course of two years. During their second year, students utilize the interdisciplinary skills they have acquired through the program to collaborate with The Museum at FIT, developing and installing an exhibition of fashion objects from MFIT’s collection.

This exhibition is free and open to the public; visit the exhibition webpage for details


Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States
212 217.4558


Fashion and Textile Studies
212 217.4300