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New York City, NY 10001 United States
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February 2017

Exhibition: Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968 — Opens

February 10, 2017
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Couture Future (ready-to-wear label by André Courrèges), pantsuit, 1968, wool blend, France, gift of Mrs. Phillip Schwartz. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 examines the significant role that Paris played during one of the most fascinating and groundbreaking periods in fashion history. In 1957, 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent was made creative director of the esteemed couture house of Christian Dior. His first solo collection for Dior included his A-line “trapeze” dresses, ushering in an unmistakable shift toward more relaxed and ultimately more youthful designs—and…

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April 2017

Exhibition: Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968 — Closes

April 15, 2017
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Couture Future (ready-to-wear label by André Courrèges), pantsuit, 1968, wool blend, France, gift of Mrs. Phillip Schwartz. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 examines the significant role that Paris played during one of the most fascinating and groundbreaking periods in fashion history. In 1957, 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent was made creative director of the esteemed couture house of Christian Dior. His first solo collection for Dior included his A-line “trapeze” dresses, ushering in an unmistakable shift toward more relaxed and ultimately more youthful designs—and…

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September 2017

Exhibition: Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme — Opens

September 15, 2017
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

John Cowan for Vogue, November 1964. Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme traces a few of the most challenging forms of human exploration and looks at how the clothes made for survival in these environments found their way into high fashion. Types of expeditions will include deep sea, polar navigation, mountain climbing, treks through the extreme tropical and arid environments, and even travel to outer space. Four major types of clothing will constitute the majority of the exhibition: indigenous clothing such…

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January 2018

Exhibition: Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme — Closes

January 6, 2018
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

John Cowan for Vogue, November 1964. Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme traces a few of the most challenging forms of human exploration and looks at how the clothes made for survival in these environments found their way into high fashion. Types of expeditions will include deep sea, polar navigation, mountain climbing, treks through the extreme tropical and arid environments, and even travel to outer space. Four major types of clothing will constitute the majority of the exhibition: indigenous clothing such as…

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February 2018

Exhibition: Norell: Dean of American Fashion — Opens

February 9, 2018
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Norman Norell for Traina-Norell, subway coat and dress, c.1958, gift of Lauren Bacall. February 9–April 14, 2018  This large-scale retrospective is an in-depth study of one of America’s greatest and most influential fashion designers. It is organized by guest curator Jeffrey Banks and MFIT’s deputy director Patricia Mears. Born in 1900, Norman Norell had an extraordinary career that spanned six decades. Working in the theater, film, and fashion industries, he incorporated the highest quality couture construction techniques and workmanship in…

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April 2018

Exhibition: Norell: Dean of American Fashion — Closes

April 14, 2018
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Norman Norell for Traina-Norell, subway coat and dress, c.1958, gift of Lauren Bacall. February 9–April 14, 2018  This large-scale retrospective is an in-depth study of one of America’s greatest and most influential fashion designers. It is organized by guest curator Jeffrey Banks and MFIT’s deputy director Patricia Mears. Born in 1900, Norman Norell had an extraordinary career that spanned six decades. Working in the theater, film, and fashion industries, he incorporated the highest quality couture construction techniques and workmanship in…

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September 2018

Exhibition: Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color — Opens

September 7, 2018
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Afternoon dress, pink silk taffeta, 1857, USA, museum purchase. September 7, 2018–January 5, 2019  Pink is popularly associated with little girls, ballerinas, Barbie dolls, and all things feminine. Yet the symbolism and significance of pink have varied greatly across time and space. The stereotype of pink-for-girls versus blue-for-boys may be ubiquitous today, but it only gained traction in the mid-20th century. In the eighteenth century, when Madame de Pompadour helped make pink fashionable at the French court, it was perfectly…

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January 2019

Exhibition: Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color — Closes

January 5, 2019
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Afternoon dress, pink silk taffeta, 1857, USA, museum purchase. September 7, 2018–January 5, 2019  Pink is popularly associated with little girls, ballerinas, Barbie dolls, and all things feminine. Yet the symbolism and significance of pink have varied greatly across time and space. The stereotype of pink-for-girls versus blue-for-boys may be ubiquitous today, but it only gained traction in the mid-20th century. In the eighteenth century, when Madame de Pompadour helped make pink fashionable at the French court, it was perfectly…

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February 2019

Exhibition: Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT — Opens

February 8, 2019
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Installation view of Fashion & Surrealism (1987) featuring La Sirène dress by Charles James and "Lobster" dress by Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí. February 8–April 20, 2019 Founded in 1969 by the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Museum at FIT is a specialized fashion museum famous for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions. The museu m has been the site of more than 200 exhibitions since the 1970s, and Exhibitionism commemorates approximately 33 of the most influential of these, including Fashion and Surrealism (1987), a groundbreaking show that explored…

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April 2019

Exhibition: Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT — Closes

April 20, 2019
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Installation view of Fashion & Surrealism (1987) featuring La Sirène dress by Charles James and "Lobster" dress by Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí. February 8–April 20, 2019 Founded in 1969 by the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Museum at FIT is a specialized fashion museum famous for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions. The museum has been the site of more than 200 exhibitions since the 1970s, and Exhibitionism commemorates approximately 33 of the most influential of these, including Fashion and Surrealism (1987), a groundbreaking show that examined the relationship…

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September 2019

Exhibition: Paris, Capital of Fashion — Opens

September 6, 2019
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

John Galliano, ensemble, spring/summer 1992, England, museum purchase. September 6, 2019–January 4, 2020  Paris, Capital of Fashion will explore how and why Paris became the international capital of fashion. It will feature approximately 75 fashion ensembles, dating from the 18th century to the present, as well as accessories. Curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, this major exhibition will be accompanied by a book and symposium. The introductory gallery will place Paris within the global fashion system.…

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January 2020

Exhibition: Paris, Capital of Fashion — Closes

January 4, 2020
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

John Galliano, ensemble, spring/summer 1992, England, museum purchase. September 6, 2019–January 4, 2020  Paris, Capital of Fashion will explore how and why Paris became the international capital of fashion. It will feature approximately 75 fashion ensembles, dating from the 18th century to the present, as well as accessories. Curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, this major exhibition will be accompanied by a book and symposium. The introductory gallery will place Paris within the global fashion system.…

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February 2020

Exhibition: Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse — Opens

February 11, 2020
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Charles James ballgown, silk chiffon, satin, netting, and boning, 1954-1955, USA, gift of Robert Wells in memory of Lisa Kirk. The Museum at FIT is temporarily closed.  View the online exhibition here.  February 11–April 18, 2020  Ballet took its place in the western pantheon of modern high culture during the interwar years of the twentieth century. The ballerina, the form’s most celebrated practitioner, blossomed into a revered figure of beauty and glamour, and her signature costume—the corseted tutu—inspired many of fashion’s…

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April 2020

Exhibition: Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse — Closes

April 18, 2020
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Charles James ballgown, silk chiffon, satin, netting, and boning, 1954-1955, USA, gift of Robert Wells in memory of Lisa Kirk. The Museum at FIT is temporarily closed.  View the online exhibition here. February 7–April 18, 2020  Ballet took its place in the western pantheon of modern high culture during the interwar years of the twentieth century. The ballerina, the form’s most celebrated practitioner, blossomed into a revered figure of beauty and glamour, and her signature costume—the corseted tutu—inspired many of fashion’s…

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November 2021

Exhibition: Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion — Closes

November 28, 2021
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Charles James, debutante dress, 1937, USA, Gift of Mrs. John Hammond, 77.89.3. August 6–November 28, 2021 Special Exhibitions Gallery Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion presents the first socio-cultural examination of the rose in fashion. This flower can be dated back over 3 million years, and its broad geographic sweep is entwined with stories of trade, immigration, politics, religion, gender, food, beauty, and identity. It has been worshipped and reviled, and it is inextricably linked to perceptions of love. Not surprisingly, this delicate…

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January 2022

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

January 19, 2022
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

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…

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April 2022

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

April 17, 2022
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

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…

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September 2022

Exhibition: Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic — Opens

September 1, 2022
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Tom Ford, evening sandals, spring 2012, USA, gift of Tom Ford International, 2013.10.1 September 1–December 31, 2022 Special Exhibitions Gallery Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic explores our physical, social, and psychological relationship with shoes. The exhibition begins with a pair of baby shoes, indicating how shoes accompany us on the journey of life. The theme of anatomy emphasizes how we stand and move differently when we wear, say, sneakers rather than stilettos. Peep-toe shoes and thigh-high boots also draw attention to different…

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December 2022

Exhibition: Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic — Closes

December 31, 2022
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

Tom Ford, evening sandals, spring 2012, USA, gift of Tom Ford International, 2013.10.1 September 1–December 31, 2022 Special Exhibitions Gallery Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic explores our physical, social, and psychological relationship with shoes. The exhibition begins with a pair of baby shoes, indicating how shoes accompany us on the journey of life. The theme of anatomy emphasizes how we stand and move differently when we wear, say, sneakers rather than stilettos. Peep-toe shoes and thigh-high boots also draw attention to different…

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February 2023

Exhibition: Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop — Opens

February 8
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States

February 8–April 23, 2023 Special Exhibitions Gallery Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop by examining the roots and history of hip hop fashion from its inception to the present time. This exhibition will explore themes such as the transition of hip hop from the ‘hood to the runway, luxury and designer influence, the impact of hip hop celebrities on the fashion industry, and the growth of…

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