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Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT

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Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States
212 217.4558 fitnyc.edu/museum

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December 2016

Exhibition: Black Fashion Designers — Opens

December 6, 2016
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

December 6, 2016 – May 16, 2017 Black Fashion Designers examines the impact made by designers of African descent on the world of fashion. Drawing exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, the exhibition features approximately 75 fashion objects that illustrate the individual styles of more than 60 designers, placing them within a wider fashion context. Objects date from the 1950s to the present, including mid-century evening gowns by Anne Lowe and the jovial-yet-controversial work of Patrick Kelly from…

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May 2017

Exhibition: Black Fashion Designers — Closes

May 16, 2017
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

December 6, 2016–May 16, 2017 Black Fashion Designers examines the impact made by designers of African descent on the world of fashion. Drawing exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, the exhibition features approximately 75 fashion objects that illustrate the individual styles of more than 60 designers, placing them within a wider fashion context. Objects date from the 1950s to the present, including mid-century evening gowns by Anne Lowe and the jovial-yet-controversial work of Patrick Kelly from the 1980s.…

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Exhibition: Force of Nature — Opens

May 30, 2017
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Alexander McQueen, Plato’s Atlantis collection, Spring 2010, England, museum purchase. Force of Nature examines how the beauty and complexity of the natural world have inspired fashion designers for centuries. The exhibition places more than 75 objects from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, dating from the 18th century to the present, within a context of period philosophies and scientific literature in order to demonstrate the deep interconnectedness between fashion and nature. An enthusiasm for country life is represented with a…

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November 2017

Exhibition: Force of Nature — Closes

November 18, 2017
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Alexander McQueen, Plato’s Atlantis collection, Spring 2010, England, museum purchase. Force of Nature examines how the beauty and complexity of the natural world have inspired fashion designers for centuries. The exhibition places more than 75 objects from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, dating from the 18th century to the present, within a context of period philosophies and scientific literature in order to demonstrate the deep interconnectedness between fashion and nature. An enthusiasm for country life is represented with a…

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December 2017

Exhibition: The Body: Fashion and Physique — Opens

December 5, 2017
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Maison Martin Margiela, tunic, linen, spring 1997, Belgium, museum purchase. December 5, 2017 – May 5, 2018 Fashion is inextricably linked to the physical form of the wearer. The cut of a garment draws the eye to zones of the body, simultaneously accentuating and concealing in order to achieve a desired silhouette. Elaborate undergarments, diet regimens, exercise routines, and even plastic surgery have all been promoted as necessary tools for attaining the ideal fashion shape. However, the idealized fashionable body…

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May 2018

Exhibition: The Body: Fashion and Physique — Closes

May 5, 2018
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Maison Martin Margiela, tunic, linen, spring 1997, Belgium, museum purchase. December 5, 2017 – May 5, 2018 Fashion is inextricably linked to the physical form of the wearer. The cut of a garment draws the eye to zones of the body, simultaneously accentuating and concealing in order to achieve a desired silhouette. Elaborate undergarments, diet regimens, exercise routines, and even plastic surgery have all been promoted as necessary tools for attaining the ideal fashion shape. However, the idealized fashionable body…

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Exhibition: Fashion Unraveled — Opens

May 25, 2018
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Detail of ensemble by XULY.Bët, repurposed acrylic sweaters, fall 1994, gift of XULY.Bët. May 25–November 17, 2018  Fashion Unraveled will examine the concepts of imperfection and incompletion in fashion. Garments that are altered, unfinished, or deconstructed, in addition to clothing that shows signs of wear, will highlight the aberrant beauty in flawed objects. Unless such imperfections are intentional—as they are in the case of deconstructed fashion—these garments are often overlooked in museum collections. This exhibition will include a selection of…

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November 2018

Exhibition: Fashion Unraveled — Closes

November 17, 2018
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Detail of ensemble by XULY.Bët, repurposed acrylic sweaters, fall 1994, gift of XULY.Bët. May 25–November 17, 2018  Fashion Unraveled will examine the concepts of imperfection and incompletion in fashion. Garments that are altered, unfinished, or deconstructed, in addition to clothing that shows signs of wear, will highlight the aberrant beauty in flawed objects. Unless such imperfections are intentional—as they are in the case of deconstructed fashion—these garments are often overlooked in museum collections. This exhibition will include a selection of…

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December 2018

Exhibition: Fabric In Fashion — Opens

December 4, 2018
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Traina-Norell, “Indian sari” silk brocade dress, circa 1955, gift of Mildred Morton. December 4, 2018–May 4, 2019  Fabric In Fashion explores the role played by textiles in forming the silhouette in Western fashion over the last 250 years. The examination of textiles is often separated from that of the fashionable silhouette, yet historically, textiles were as important as the cut of clothing in keeping up with current fashion. This exhibition will delve into the mechanics of textiles, looking at how fibers…

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May 2019

Exhibition: Fabric In Fashion — Closes

May 4, 2019
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Traina-Norell, “Indian sari” silk brocade dress, circa 1955, gift of Mildred Morton. December 4, 2018–May 4, 2019  Fabric In Fashion explores the role played by textiles in forming the silhouette in Western fashion over the last 250 years. The examination of textiles is often separated from that of the fashionable silhouette, yet historically, textiles were as important as the cut of clothing in keeping up with current fashion. This exhibition will delve into the mechanics of textiles, looking at how fibers…

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Exhibition: Minimalism/Maximalism — Opens

May 28, 2019
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, dress, spring/summer 2014, Madrid, gift of Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. May 28–November 16, 2019  Fashion is a world of extremes, where sartorial expression ranges from minimalist to maximalist aesthetics. Some designers may identify almost exclusively with one over the other; Calvin Klein, for instance, was known for fashion minimalism. However, the cyclical nature of fashion moves us through design periods alternately dominated by a minimalist or maximalist aesthetic, reaffirming Isaac Newton’s third law of…

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November 2019

Exhibition: Minimalism/Maximalism — Closes

November 16, 2019
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, dress, spring/summer 2014, Madrid, gift of Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. May 28–November 16, 2019  Fashion is a world of extremes, where sartorial expression ranges from minimalist to maximalist aesthetics. Some designers may identify almost exclusively with one over the other; Calvin Klein, for instance, was known for fashion minimalism. However, the cyclical nature of fashion moves us through design periods alternately dominated by a minimalist or maximalist aesthetic, reaffirming Isaac Newton’s third law of…

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December 2019

Exhibition: Power Mode: The Force of Fashion — Opens

December 10, 2019
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean-Raymond, jacket, fall 2015, USA, gift of Pyer Moss. The Museum at FIT is temporarily closed.  View the online exhibition here. December 10, 2019–May 9, 2020  Power is part identity, part behavior, and part physicality. The way we outfit ourselves can play an outsized role in conveying power to others—whether it be the pink “pussy hats” at the 2017 Women’s March or the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coordinated Thom Browne suits during the 2018 NBA playoffs. However, power…

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May 2020

Exhibition: Power Mode — Closes

May 9, 2020
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean-Raymond, jacket, fall 2015, USA, gift of Pyer Moss. The Museum at FIT is temporarily closed.  View the online exhibition here. December 10, 2019–May 9, 2020  Power is part identity, part behavior, and part physicality. The way we outfit ourselves can play an outsized role in conveying power to others—whether it be the pink “pussy hats” at the 2017 Women’s March or the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coordinated Thom Browne suits during the 2018 NBA playoffs. However, power…

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POSTPONED: Exhibition: Head to Toe — Opens

May 26, 2020
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, silk evening pumps and clutch, 1955-1959, France, gift of Arthur Schwartz. 79.169.6. POSTPONED May 26–November 21, 2020  Fashion and Textile History Gallery Head to Toe will explore approximately 200 years of women’s dress from 1800 to the early 21st century through the lens of accessories. Often the focus of fashion exhibitions are garments; however, accessories are integral components of the full ensemble and are important in communicating vital messages about the wearer. Over time accessories have become powerful…

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