Museum at FIT

Museum at FIT The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Current and upcoming exhibitions include:

The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties
Virtual Exhibition

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Summer 2021, but subject to change

Head to Toe
Fashion and Textile History Gallery
Fall 2021, but subject to change

Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Fall 2021, but subject to change

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TOMORROW! Join The Museum at FIT for our first virtual fashion symposium “Ravishing, the Rose in Fashion.” Lectures go l...
04/29/2021

TOMORROW! Join The Museum at FIT for our first virtual fashion symposium “Ravishing, the Rose in Fashion.” Lectures go live at 10 AM EDT on YouTube! FREE

#FashionCulture #RoseInFashion
http://ow.ly/LmwI50EzPhg

TOMORROW! Join The Museum at FIT for our first virtual fashion symposium “Ravishing, the Rose in Fashion.” Lectures go live at 10 AM EDT on YouTube! FREE

#FashionCulture #RoseInFashion
http://ow.ly/LmwI50EzPhg

Bold, graphic, and geometric — the same motifs that shaped the art of Cubist painters during the 1910s inspired the stri...
04/28/2021

Bold, graphic, and geometric — the same motifs that shaped the art of Cubist painters during the 1910s inspired the striking fashion and textile designs of the 1920s. The stylish pattern of the printed silk dress in this 1928 fashion plate by the Cheney Brothers, a Connecticut silk manufacturer, was echoed decades later by the psychedelic prints of the 1960s. #RoaringAndSwinging

On view in the virtual exhibition “The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties” https://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/roaring-20s-and-swinging-60s/

Image via FIT Library Special Collections and College Archives, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Bold, graphic, and geometric — the same motifs that shaped the art of Cubist painters during the 1910s inspired the striking fashion and textile designs of the 1920s. The stylish pattern of the printed silk dress in this 1928 fashion plate by the Cheney Brothers, a Connecticut silk manufacturer, was echoed decades later by the psychedelic prints of the 1960s. #RoaringAndSwinging

On view in the virtual exhibition “The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties” https://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/roaring-20s-and-swinging-60s/

Image via FIT Library Special Collections and College Archives, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Want a sneak peek into our forthcoming Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion exhibition? Join MFIT curators Colleen Hill and El...
04/27/2021

Want a sneak peek into our forthcoming Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion exhibition? Join MFIT curators Colleen Hill and Elizabeth Way on April 30th on YouTube as they discuss some exhibition highlights, like this 2017 Alexander McQueen "Roses" knuckleduster hard-shell evening bag! #FashionCulture #RoseInFashion
https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

Want a sneak peek into our forthcoming Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion exhibition? Join MFIT curators Colleen Hill and Elizabeth Way on April 30th on YouTube as they discuss some exhibition highlights, like this 2017 Alexander McQueen "Roses" knuckleduster hard-shell evening bag! #FashionCulture #RoseInFashion
https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Alber Elbaz, who touched the lives of so many people. It is not just that he creat...
04/26/2021

With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Alber Elbaz, who touched the lives of so many people. It is not just that he created extraordinary fashions, he created moments of beauty and love that we can never forget.
Img: Alber Elbaz is recipient of the 2007 MFIT Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion

With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Alber Elbaz, who touched the lives of so many people. It is not just that he created extraordinary fashions, he created moments of beauty and love that we can never forget.
Img: Alber Elbaz is recipient of the 2007 MFIT Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion

Happy Birthday Jean Paul Gaultier! Born on this day in 1952, Gaultier is known as the “enfant terrible” of French fashio...
04/24/2021

Happy Birthday Jean Paul Gaultier!
Born on this day in 1952, Gaultier is known as the “enfant terrible” of French fashion. His designs combine playfulness, irreverence, and sexuality—exemplified by the trompe l’oeil technique used on this 2002 form-fitting ensemble.
Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. #MuseumFromHome http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

Happy Birthday Jean Paul Gaultier!
Born on this day in 1952, Gaultier is known as the “enfant terrible” of French fashion. His designs combine playfulness, irreverence, and sexuality—exemplified by the trompe l’oeil technique used on this 2002 form-fitting ensemble.
Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. #MuseumFromHome http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

The Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion exhibition was inspired by one of fashion’s most influential and visionary photograph...
04/23/2021

The Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion exhibition was inspired by one of fashion’s most influential and visionary photographers, Nick Knight. Join Knight and curator Amy de la Haye as they discuss how he incorporates his love of roses in his work. Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Symposium premieres on April 30th at 10 AM EDT on YouTube! #FashionCulture #RoseInFashion

Image: “Sunday 4th June, 2017” Courtesy of Nick Knight
https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

The Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion exhibition was inspired by one of fashion’s most influential and visionary photographers, Nick Knight. Join Knight and curator Amy de la Haye as they discuss how he incorporates his love of roses in his work. Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Symposium premieres on April 30th at 10 AM EDT on YouTube! #FashionCulture #RoseInFashion

Image: “Sunday 4th June, 2017” Courtesy of Nick Knight
https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

Happy Birthday Halston! Born on this day in 1932, Halston designed sleek, sophisticated, and above all, glamorous clothe...
04/23/2021

Happy Birthday Halston!
Born on this day in 1932, Halston designed sleek, sophisticated, and above all, glamorous clothes. His evening shoes, such as this c. 1979 example, epitomized the style of his socialite and celebrity clientele.
Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. #MuseumFromHome http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

Happy Birthday Halston!
Born on this day in 1932, Halston designed sleek, sophisticated, and above all, glamorous clothes. His evening shoes, such as this c. 1979 example, epitomized the style of his socialite and celebrity clientele.
Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. #MuseumFromHome http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

04/22/2021

Happy Birthday Issey Miyake!
Born on this day in 1938, Miyake—considered the founding father of Japanese avant-garde design—challenged western notions of fashion by re-conceptualizing garment construction and function. This 3D animation is based on a piece in our study collection. It is part of Superficial’s Virtual Fashion Archive. #MuseTech http://www.virtualfashionarchive.com/

In this month’s #FashionCulture podcast we visit Berlin of the 20s and 30s with author Uwe Westphal, FIT historian Keren...
04/21/2021

In this month’s #FashionCulture podcast we visit Berlin of the 20s and 30s with author Uwe Westphal, FIT historian Keren Ben-Horin, and journalist Jennifer Altmann. Fashion Metropolis Berlin chronicles the story of how the Nazis destroyed the Jewish fashion industry in Berlin.
Stream this and past episodes on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. #MuseumPodcast https://museumatfit.podbean.com/

In this month’s #FashionCulture podcast we visit Berlin of the 20s and 30s with author Uwe Westphal, FIT historian Keren Ben-Horin, and journalist Jennifer Altmann. Fashion Metropolis Berlin chronicles the story of how the Nazis destroyed the Jewish fashion industry in Berlin.
Stream this and past episodes on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. #MuseumPodcast https://museumatfit.podbean.com/

This 1960s Givenchy dress channels the spirit of the 1920s. With its straight, knee-length silhouette and large bow at t...
04/21/2021

This 1960s Givenchy dress channels the spirit of the 1920s. With its straight, knee-length silhouette and large bow at the back waist, it emphasizes the idealized body of a flat, youthful figure and places visual emphasis on the back. #RoaringAndSwinging

On view in the virtual exhibition “The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties” https://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/roaring-20s-and-swinging-60s/

This 1960s Givenchy dress channels the spirit of the 1920s. With its straight, knee-length silhouette and large bow at the back waist, it emphasizes the idealized body of a flat, youthful figure and places visual emphasis on the back. #RoaringAndSwinging

On view in the virtual exhibition “The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties” https://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/roaring-20s-and-swinging-60s/

Did you know that a young Mary Pickford ate a rose in hope of becoming more beautiful? Hear more from Mairi MacKenzie as...
04/20/2021

Did you know that a young Mary Pickford ate a rose in hope of becoming more beautiful? Hear more from Mairi MacKenzie as part of our Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Symposium on April 30th at 10 AM EDT on YouTube!
#FashionCulture #RoseInFashion https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

Did you know that a young Mary Pickford ate a rose in hope of becoming more beautiful? Hear more from Mairi MacKenzie as part of our Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Symposium on April 30th at 10 AM EDT on YouTube!
#FashionCulture #RoseInFashion https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

Happy Birthday Norman Norell! Born on this day in 1900, Norell was known for his classic styles and impeccable craftsman...
04/20/2021

Happy Birthday Norman Norell!
Born on this day in 1900, Norell was known for his classic styles and impeccable craftsmanship. This c. 1950 silk taffeta cocktail dress is made of the finest material, and would have been priced accordingly. In its pretty femininity, it epitomizes a significant aspect of 1950s fashion.

Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. #MuseumFromHome http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

Happy Birthday Norman Norell!
Born on this day in 1900, Norell was known for his classic styles and impeccable craftsmanship. This c. 1950 silk taffeta cocktail dress is made of the finest material, and would have been priced accordingly. In its pretty femininity, it epitomizes a significant aspect of 1950s fashion.

Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. #MuseumFromHome http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

04/16/2021
Designer Spotlight | Martin Margiela

For this month’s Designer Spotlight, MFIT curator Colleen Hill discusses the notoriously elusive Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela (b. 1957). The Designer Spotlight video series invites MFIT curators to explore objects in our permanent collection that highlight a specific designer's work and their contributions to fashion. #DesignerSpotlight

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and never miss a video! #MuseumFromHome https://youtu.be/GqEUIo_32LI

Fashion Histories // #TBTEnjoy this 1997 New Yorker essay by Malcolm McLaren. McLaren’s view of style was fetishism carr...
04/15/2021

Fashion Histories // #TBT
Enjoy this 1997 New Yorker essay by Malcolm McLaren. McLaren’s view of style was fetishism carried to the extreme, and his approach to fashion was to fail as flamboyantly as possible.
Photograph by Gavin Evans.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1997/09/22/elements-of-anti-style

Fashion Histories // #TBT
Enjoy this 1997 New Yorker essay by Malcolm McLaren. McLaren’s view of style was fetishism carried to the extreme, and his approach to fashion was to fail as flamboyantly as possible.
Photograph by Gavin Evans.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1997/09/22/elements-of-anti-style

TONIGHT! Author and photographer Robert Fairer and John Matheson (of Instagram's @McQueen_Vault) share with MFIT’s Tanya...
04/15/2021

TONIGHT! Author and photographer Robert Fairer and John Matheson (of Instagram's @McQueen_Vault) share with MFIT’s Tanya Melendez-Escalante the stories behind previously unpublished photographs of Alexander McQueen’s most iconic fashion shows. Premieres at 6PM EDT on YouTube and includes live Q&A with the speakers! #FashionCulture. https://youtu.be/efZAXz9GD3w

TONIGHT! Author and photographer Robert Fairer and John Matheson (of Instagram's @McQueen_Vault) share with MFIT’s Tanya Melendez-Escalante the stories behind previously unpublished photographs of Alexander McQueen’s most iconic fashion shows. Premieres at 6PM EDT on YouTube and includes live Q&A with the speakers! #FashionCulture. https://youtu.be/efZAXz9GD3w

To recreate this extravagant scene for “The Roses of Heliogabalus” (1888), the 19th-century Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-...
04/14/2021

To recreate this extravagant scene for “The Roses of Heliogabalus” (1888), the 19th-century Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema ordered roses every week from the French Riviera to fill his studio until this work was completed. To hear more, tune into Jonathan Faiers’ lecture “Ordeal by Roses” — part of our Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Symposium on April 30th at 10 AM EDT on YouTube! #FashionCulture #RoseInFashion https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

To recreate this extravagant scene for “The Roses of Heliogabalus” (1888), the 19th-century Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema ordered roses every week from the French Riviera to fill his studio until this work was completed. To hear more, tune into Jonathan Faiers’ lecture “Ordeal by Roses” — part of our Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Symposium on April 30th at 10 AM EDT on YouTube! #FashionCulture #RoseInFashion https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

Jack the Ripper, Alfred Hitchcock, and Joan of Arc. What do these three have in common? Author and photographer Robert F...
04/13/2021

Jack the Ripper, Alfred Hitchcock, and Joan of Arc. What do these three have in common? Author and photographer Robert Fairer and John Matheson (@McQueen_Vault) discuss some of Alexander McQueen’s most memorable fashion moments with MFIT’s Tanya Melendez-Escalante. Watch and join the Q&A on April 15 at 6PM EDT on YouTube!
#FashionCulture. https://youtu.be/efZAXz9GD3w

Jack the Ripper, Alfred Hitchcock, and Joan of Arc. What do these three have in common? Author and photographer Robert Fairer and John Matheson (@McQueen_Vault) discuss some of Alexander McQueen’s most memorable fashion moments with MFIT’s Tanya Melendez-Escalante. Watch and join the Q&A on April 15 at 6PM EDT on YouTube!
#FashionCulture. https://youtu.be/efZAXz9GD3w

During the 1960s, designer André Courrèges helped to popularize the miniskirt in Paris couture. This 1967 mini dress’s l...
04/12/2021

During the 1960s, designer André Courrèges helped to popularize the miniskirt in Paris couture. This 1967 mini dress’s light pink color and floral motif appear innocent and childlike, a nod to the obsession with youth that helped define 1960s fashion. The same youth focus marked 1920s fashion. In 1926 illustrator John Held Jr. drew a “flapper” girl in a strikingly similar dress! #RoaringAndSwinging

On view in the virtual exhibition “The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties” https://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/roaring-20s-and-swinging-60s/

During the 1960s, designer André Courrèges helped to popularize the miniskirt in Paris couture. This 1967 mini dress’s light pink color and floral motif appear innocent and childlike, a nod to the obsession with youth that helped define 1960s fashion. The same youth focus marked 1920s fashion. In 1926 illustrator John Held Jr. drew a “flapper” girl in a strikingly similar dress! #RoaringAndSwinging

On view in the virtual exhibition “The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties” https://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/roaring-20s-and-swinging-60s/

In part one of this two-part Dressed podcast, Amy de la Haye speaks about the historic symbolism of the rose, her book T...
04/10/2021
‎Dressed: The History of Fashion: Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, an interview with Amy de la Haye, pt. 1 on Apple Podcasts

In part one of this two-part Dressed podcast, Amy de la Haye speaks about the historic symbolism of the rose, her book The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing and its associated exhibition which is forthcoming when The Museum at FIT re-opens. #RoseInFahsion
http://ow.ly/Vbkl50EhZlL

‎Show Dressed: The History of Fashion, Ep Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, an interview with Amy de la Haye, pt. 1 - 20 Oct 2020

Read About Fashion //Navajo nation skateboarder Naiomi Glasses skates in long vibrant skirts and traditional Diné garb —...
04/09/2021
Meet the Navajo Nation Skateboarder Going Viral on TikTok

Read About Fashion //
Navajo nation skateboarder Naiomi Glasses skates in long vibrant skirts and traditional Diné garb — a choice she’s made as she’s grown more assured in her femininity. “When I was younger, I felt like I had to dress like a little boy to skate. As I’m getting older, I’m like: “I’ll skate in my skirt.” https://www.teenvogue.com/story/navajo-nation-skateboarder-tiktok

Naiomi Glasses skateboards in traditional Diné dresses.

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Current and upcoming exhibitions include:

Power Mode: The Force of Fashion Fashion & Textile History Gallery December 10, 2019 – May 9, 2020

Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse Special Exhibitions Gallery February 11, 2020 – April 18, 2020

Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue Gallery FIT March 3 – March 28, 2020 WEBSITE: http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/museumatfit/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/museumatFIT FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/museumatfit/ PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/museumatfit/ YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/TheMuseumatFIT

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Join me in this 8-week online seminar, where we will have a look at the reatriculation and renegotiation with hegemonic discourse, from the dressed body. Toward a critical theory of fashion, with the inclusion of the Latin American countercultural practice within the global narrative. From pachucos, cholos and xipitecas, to the Bolá of the Cuban Thaw. Spanish speakers and bilingual parties are welcome:
I'd like to know if F.I.T. Museum is interested in a donation of St.Laurent vintage couture? If so please let me know.
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I've noticed that the Museum recently had an exhibit about The Little Black Dress. Of course it is understood that few dresses can we worn on their own to their best advantage without a little help from some lingerie. Would the museum be interested (as I go through my files ) of some of the design sketches and catalogs by designers like Halston, Bill Tice, Oscar who designed for some of the lingerie companies at which I worked in the 1970s and 1980s?
Thanks for being responsible and considerate
Rarely have I come across a number of words that, although very limiting (specifically the "flyer" for the exhibition "Fabric in Fashion" that a friend has given to me) due to space have, however captured an entire history on its subject as succinctly as ELIZABETH WAY, Curator for the exhibition does, and in what an enchanting, beautiful, scholarly way! As a person who grew up surrounded by two women who rhapsodized about "Organza" and "Tafetta" (names that were left indelible in my heart due to THEM) I was brought back in time to what Ms. Way so vividly introduces us to: the subject of fabric -----and how, alas such a world of knowledge and delight was almost forgotten due to manufacturing in large scale, globalization----and so much more. THANK YOU for opening a portal to the past for me-----who, ever curious, will take a long look at this wonderfully complex history...!!!
Invite "The First Shoe Collection" for a visit to the museum ;)
I love my visits to your Museum
Love it The video is fantastic, can wait to visit the exhibition
Wow! I want to go! Anyone want to go with me?
So wonderful !!! Proud to be an alumnus. Apparel Design Major- 1967 !