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Exhibition: Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties — Opens

January 19, 2022

suit with print that says 'Off Fashion' on mannequin
Moschino Couture suit, printed rayon, 1990, Italy, museum purchase, 2009.1.4.

January 19–April 17, 2022
Special Exhibitions Gallery

Minimalism. Retro revivals. Deconstruction. The rejuvenation of haute couture. These are just a few of the concepts that have come to define 1990s fashion, which was not easily characterized by a handful of silhouettes or the dictates of a few designers. As fashion editor Stephen Gan wrote in 1997, “To focus on one current look or to obsess over the rise and fall of hemlines is to miss out on the wonder and variety in fashion today.”

Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties is organized by Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories, and features more than seventy-five looks from Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada, XULY.Bët, and many others. The exhibition centers on designers who challenged the expected appearance or workings of high fashion, and who played an important role in laying the foundation for fashion of the twenty-first century.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same title, published by Rizzoli Electa. More than 150 images by photographers such as Mark Borthwick, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Craig McDean, Nick Knight, David Sims, and Ellen Von Unwerth illustrate some of the most important fashions of this dynamic decade.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.


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


The Museum at FIT
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