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Exhibition: The Dre$$ — Opens

February 18, 2023

model wearing Fe Noel's Dre$$, a gown made with U.S. currency

February 18–March 1
Dubinsky Student Center, Eighth Floor

To show the world just how much women miss out in retirement, TIAA and fashion designer, Fe Noel, launched “The Dre$$” on the first night of New York Fashion Week. The strapless, corseted gown with a 16-foot train and abundant ruffles is made from thousands of artificial bills to symbolize the potential $1.6 million women lose out on in retirement savings.

The Dre$$ made a huge statement by being the closing garment on Fe Noel’s runway. It is one of many installments of TIAA’s #RetireInequality campaign, which aims to shine a light on the inequalities Americans face in retirement.

Visit The Dre$$ on display through March 1 to experience the powerful representation of the women’s retirement gap, and attend an TIAA seminar for the FIT community hosted by Fe and money management expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox March 1 at 3:30 pm to discuss how to best fuse the worlds of fashion and finance. Details here. 

This exhibition is open to the FIT community only. 


February 18, 2023
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Dubinsky Student Center, Eighth Floor
Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY United States


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