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.
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Current and upcoming exhibitions include: Force of Nature May 30 – November 18, 2017 Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme September 15, 2017 – January 6, 2018 The Body: Fashion and Physique December 5, 2017 – May 2018 WEBSITE: http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum TWITTER: https://twitter.com/museumatFIT FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/museumatfit/ PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/museumatfit/

Learn about Ann Lowe and Zelda Wynn Valdes on the #BlackFashionDesigners audio tour! Narrated by André Leon Talley and t...
05/29/2020

Learn about Ann Lowe and Zelda Wynn Valdes on the #BlackFashionDesigners audio tour! Narrated by André Leon Talley and the exhibition curators Elizabeth Way and Ariele Elia. http://ow.ly/JAxq50zRFLm

It’s Friday, the end of May, and the start of summer! So pull out a fancy frock or summer slacks and get in the mood for...
05/29/2020

It’s Friday, the end of May, and the start of summer! So pull out a fancy frock or summer slacks and get in the mood for the weekend. We’re feeling this 1950 evening dress by Claire McCardell from the collection of The Museum at FIT.
Join The Museum at FIT every Friday by tagging your look #FashionFridayHomeEdition

05/28/2020
Denim: Fashion's Frontier | Circa 1840 pants

#ThrowbackThursday
147 years ago, Strauss and Davis patented blue jeans. This engaging object analysis explains the significance of a pair of 19th-century men's work pants and describes the clues used to deduce that they dated to far earlier than originally expected.
#DenimHistory #MuseumFromHome https://youtu.be/hFmzyUSarVY

Emma McClendon, assistant curator, and Nicole Bloomfield, conservation technologist, both at The Museum at FIT, explain the significance of a pair of 19th-ce...

Another area of study showcased in the Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition is Jewelry Design. The ideas express...
05/27/2020

Another area of study showcased in the Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition is Jewelry Design. The ideas expressed, the materials used, and the construction methods employed, are both ancient and modern demonstrating the range of talent in each student. See the work of all graduates of the Jewelry Design AAS on Instagram http://ow.ly/KmSD50zGdt4

The flat-heeled “ballerina” slipper is worn by millions today. In 1941, fashion editor Diana Vreeland pioneered the idea...
05/27/2020

The flat-heeled “ballerina” slipper is worn by millions today. In 1941, fashion editor Diana Vreeland pioneered the idea of ballet shoes as streetwear because they were exempt from wartime restrictions. While all ballet dancers wear soft slippers, only the ballerina dons the iconic pointe shoe. Its magic inspired a few contemporary designers to create extreme, fetishistic versions.
“The Ballet Slipper,” Harper’s Bazaar, July 1941. Photograph by Henle.

Discover more about Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse via the exhibition website #BallerinaExhibition #MuseumFromHome http://ow.ly/YUUX50ygI7L

“The corset is probably the most controversial garment in the entire history of fashion,” says MFIT director and chief c...
05/26/2020

“The corset is probably the most controversial garment in the entire history of fashion,” says MFIT director and chief curator Dr. Valerie Steele. http://ow.ly/dGHA50zPP7g

Fashion HistoriesThe Air Jordan 1 is many things at once: It’s the first signature shoe for the greatest basketball play...
05/26/2020
The Jordans Rule: The AJ1 and the Sneaker Collecting Boom

Fashion Histories
The Air Jordan 1 is many things at once: It’s the first signature shoe for the greatest basketball player ever, the sneaker that changed collecting forever, and a classic that evokes nostalgia and connects generations.
http://ow.ly/1NiB50zJBwj

How the Air Jordan 1 is fueling the billion-dollar shoe resale market 35 years after the kicks debuted

#TuesdayThoughts “I think it’s very beautiful to be able to cover yourself in metal. I love the color and the way it ref...
05/26/2020

#TuesdayThoughts
“I think it’s very beautiful to be able to cover yourself in metal. I love the color and the way it reflects. But it is also a protection.” ~ Daphne Guinness

Revisit MFIT’s 2011 Daphne Guinness exhibition. #MuseumFromHome http://ow.ly/yXLY50zJuul

It’s Friday and the start of a three day weekend, which means lots of lounging around. First seen in the pages of Vogue ...
05/22/2020

It’s Friday and the start of a three day weekend, which means lots of lounging around. First seen in the pages of Vogue during the 1910s, many lounging pajamas showed influence from Asia and the Near East. They often featured loose tunics or kimono-style tops over wide-legged trousers. Join The Museum at FIT every Friday by tagging your look #FashionFridayHomeEdition

MFIT director and chief curator Dr. Valerie Steele guest curates a new exhibition at the Kobe Fashion Museum in Japan. S...
05/22/2020

MFIT director and chief curator Dr. Valerie Steele guest curates a new exhibition at the Kobe Fashion Museum in Japan. See photos from the show in this short video: http://ow.ly/VRHh50zNGVM

#MuseumCoworkers Curatorial Research AssistantsSable and Raven work with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of M...
05/22/2020

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Curatorial Research Assistants
Sable and Raven work with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of MFIT. They help to remind her that wearing black is always in fashion.

#MuseumCoworkers Event CoordinatorThis is Rainbow, MFIT’s event coordinator. Everyday we share the kitchen to work on mu...
05/22/2020

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Event Coordinator
This is Rainbow, MFIT’s event coordinator. Everyday we share the kitchen to work on museum education projects. Rainbow loves partying (just check out the tequila in the background) so he’s in charge of all museum receptions from now until June.
~Tanya Melendez-Escalante, MFIT senior curator of education and public programs

#MuseumCoworkersJanitorial StaffEveryday I can breathe a little easier knowing my big baby (snake plant) and little baby...
05/21/2020

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Janitorial Staff
Everyday I can breathe a little easier knowing my big baby (snake plant) and little baby (croton plant) are around.
~Oyinade Koyi, MFIT assistant media manager

#MuseumCoworkers Office InternMeet my new office intern Darwin. Darwin is attentive, clever, has great attention to deta...
05/21/2020

#MuseumCoworkers
Office Intern
Meet my new office intern Darwin. Darwin is attentive, clever, has great attention to detail and never misses a day of work. He loves to read, lay on books and play with pens. He is a great office companion, but needs a few more lessons in the importance of personal space.
~Melissa Marra-Alvarez, MFIT curator of education and research

Fashion HistoriesIn the 1860s, white cotton piqué afternoon dresses like this one with black cording were often recommen...
05/20/2020

Fashion Histories
In the 1860s, white cotton piqué afternoon dresses like this one with black cording were often recommended for summer walking for their sturdy breathability. This MFIT object helps illustrates a moment on the FIT Fashion History Timeline.
http://ow.ly/aOM550zJBbG

During their time at FIT, Illustration students develop their personal style, technique, and expression, creating a stro...
05/20/2020

During their time at FIT, Illustration students develop their personal style, technique, and expression, creating a strong body of work that culminates in the end-of-year Graduating Student Exhibition. See the work of graduating Illustration BFA students on Instagram. http://ow.ly/n17350zG8P3

#MuseumCoworkers Head of SecuritySergeant Stubby is the head of security. He knows how seriously I, as a conservator, ta...
05/20/2020

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Head of Security
Sergeant Stubby is the head of security. He knows how seriously I, as a conservator, take the security of a costume collection, so he has taken it upon himself to guard my closet. I'm sure the fact that his food is stored in the closet has nothing to do with it. If he were better informed of museum standards and protocol, he would know that food should be kept far away from collections. Pork Pie is the household paperweight. She can't stand to think of something being caught by a breeze and lost, so she graciously uses her own body to prevent that from happening.
~Alison Castaneda, MFIT associate conservator

#MuseumCoworkers Indoor/Outdoor GuardsOur guards may be cute and cuddly on the outside but they still mean business!Top ...
05/20/2020

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Indoor/Outdoor Guards
Our guards may be cute and cuddly on the outside but they still mean business!
Top left Kitty: Motty-The Boss
Kitty in Hammock: Little Baby-Treats Manager
Kitty Sleeping: Bob-Backyard Manager
Kitty Sitting: Juju-Security
~Gladys Rathod

#MuseumCoworkers Admin AssistantsMy no-toed sloth and Peep encourage me to make my bed everyday.~ Marjorie Jonas, MFIT a...
05/19/2020

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Admin Assistants
My no-toed sloth and Peep encourage me to make my bed everyday.
~ Marjorie Jonas, MFIT assistant conservator

#MuseumCoworkers Tech HelpMeet MFIT’s IT professionals. Doug, head of purchasing is extremely proficient in supplying th...
05/19/2020

#MuseumCoworkers
Tech Help
Meet MFIT’s IT professionals. Doug, head of purchasing is extremely proficient in supplying the office with red Swingline staplers...and nothing else. Legume, an outside consultant, is a huge fan of Michael Bolton. And Lemons is the WFH Supervisor.
~ Laura Gawron, MFIT assistant museum registrar

Can't get enough of MFIT's Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse? On May 21, hear directly from the exhibition's curator, Pat...
05/19/2020
Online Lecture - Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse

Can't get enough of MFIT's Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse? On May 21, hear directly from the exhibition's curator, Patricia Mears in an online conversation held with The National Arts Club. Register online: http://ow.ly/PL2b50zAJBf #BallerinaExhibition

Fashion curator Patricia Mears discusses the recent fashion exhibition "Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse"

#MuseumCoworkers HR SpecialistMeet Eisner John, MFIT’s HR Specialist. Eisner loves to be around people, so he's been thr...
05/19/2020

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HR Specialist
Meet Eisner John, MFIT’s HR Specialist. Eisner loves to be around people, so he's been thrilled to have us home. He enjoys sitting on the books and papers my husband and I are meant to be working from, and he also appreciates beautiful textiles. Here he is on a quilt made in Bangladesh from repurposed sari fabric (from @shopdignify) and curled up near a Mola pillow that belonged to one of my first mentors in the museum world.
~ Colleen Hill, MFIT curator of costume and accessories

MFIT joins Fashion Museum Bath in wishing Dame Margot Fonteyn a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🌸🎉Fonteyn was known for her superb line...
05/18/2020

MFIT joins Fashion Museum Bath in wishing Dame Margot Fonteyn a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🌸🎉
Fonteyn was known for her superb line, excellent technique, superlative acting skills, and for her grace, passion and discipline.

http://ow.ly/m2ge50zJx9s

In her keynote lecture at Rijksmuseum, Valerie Steele discusses why fashion matters. Taking a multidisciplinary approach...
05/18/2020

In her keynote lecture at Rijksmuseum, Valerie Steele discusses why fashion matters. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, she explored the underlying motives for why we wear clothing and adornment. Watch it here: http://ow.ly/WdRb50zF32x

#MuseumCoworkers Media SpecialistsMohawk (white belly) and Grissim (all stripes) are the newest members of the museum’s ...
05/18/2020

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Media Specialists
Mohawk (white belly) and Grissim (all stripes) are the newest members of the museum’s Digital Media Department. Mohawk specializes in noise reduction techniques of older technologies and provides editing services. Grissom is a less productive member of the team, often sleeping through his assignments.
~ Tamsen Young, digital media manager

This #IMD2020, we're celebrating diversity and inclusion. But what does that mean for museums? Re-visit our 2019 Exhibit...
05/18/2020

This #IMD2020, we're celebrating diversity and inclusion. But what does that mean for museums? Re-visit our 2019 Exhibiting Fashion Symposium to learn how national and regional identities influence fashion exhibitions. http://ow.ly/gKB850zHA3t

#MuseumCoworkers On-site InstallersIn between snow storms, I started to weed the flower beds on our farm in the Western ...
05/18/2020

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On-site Installers
In between snow storms, I started to weed the flower beds on our farm in the Western Catskills. And I've got "so-called" helpers. Included are all six of our chickens: Bebe, Bessie, Bunny, Barbie, Blanche, and Beatrice (aka Trixie). And two of our 5 cats, Tuxedo and Joey. They are all great at digging but never seem to do so in the right place. All the weeds remain intact while a selection of snowdrop and daffodil bulbs are scattered about.
~ Patricia Mears, deputy director of MFIT

Valerie Steele discusses how medical masks give rise to the "fashion mask" on a new segment of NPR's Morning Edition. ht...
05/17/2020

Valerie Steele discusses how medical masks give rise to the "fashion mask" on a new segment of NPR's Morning Edition. http://ow.ly/Awd450zHI1T

Today’s dreams offer hope and direction for tomorrow’s success. This story is from our 2018 crowdsourced project #Wearin...
05/17/2020

Today’s dreams offer hope and direction for tomorrow’s success. This story is from our 2018 crowdsourced project #WearingMemories:

I am a clothing designer & photographer. I have spent over twenty years building up my small studio in Yorkshire, England. On Christmas Day 2015 flooding, caused by weeks of torrential rain, devastated the entire area where my studio was located. Thousands of homes & businesses were destroyed. We lost everything.
The studio was immersed under six feet of water and mud. When the waters eventually subsided I salvaged scraps of fabric, trimmings & wrecked clothing from the ruins of the site. I used these to create a collection of garments. The process of creating and photographing these items became a cathartic healing journey. Memories of that horrific event are captured in every stitch, but so is hope.
Two years later we are still rebuilding, and the garments serve as a constant reminder that we can create something from nothing.

#DreamsMW #MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2020
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"Fashion is about change, and so, these reactions are what propel fashion forward," MFIT curator Melissa Marra-Alvarez s...
05/16/2020

"Fashion is about change, and so, these reactions are what propel fashion forward," MFIT curator Melissa Marra-Alvarez shares with WWD. http://ow.ly/5dv450zHI8n

05/16/2020

A pioneer of American fashion, Claire McCardell revolutionized what women wore in the 1940s and 50s. This ombré cotton dress features woven stripes in varying shades of blue, green and yellow. Watch its full circle flared skirt cut on crossgrain come to life in this 3D motion simulator video by Superficial. #TechnologyMW #MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2020

Learn more: http://ow.ly/BmUa50zzLuf

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Seventh Avenue At 27th St
New York, NY
10001

The museum can be reached by subway: 1, C, E, F, M, N, or R, and by bus: M10. Penn Station is close by at 31st Street for the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak. There is a Citibike station directly in front of the Museum

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Tuesday 12:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 20:00
Thursday 12:00 - 20:00
Friday 12:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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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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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 !
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marvelous.
I was so fortunate to have Valerie Steele, the director of the FIT Museum conduct a tour this morning of the exihibit Pink: The Hisory of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color that she curated. Afterwards I viewed the newly opened exhibit Fabric in Fashion. If you're near the Museum located on 27th & 7th Ave, don't miss them. Pink closes 1/5/
Awesome history and personal stories,- have given unique life and beauty to these treasures...…….