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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We are very excited to announce that The Museum at FIT will reopen to visitors on Friday, August 6 with the debut of a m...
07/27/2021

We are very excited to announce that The Museum at FIT will reopen to visitors on Friday, August 6 with the debut of a major exhibition, Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, which explores how the rose has influenced the way we look, dress, feel, and fantasize. The rose and the savage thorns that protect it—along with the symbolism and myths it has inspired—have long affected designers of fashionable dress, textiles, and accessories. This major exhibition foregrounds innovative and experimental designs, while recognizing that wearing or holding a rose can be transformative.
#TheMuseumAtFIT #RoseInFashion

https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/ravishing-the-rose-in-fashion.php

Noir Kei Ninomiya, ensemble, red wool, resin-treated faux fur, nylon, spring 2020. France. Photograph © Comme des Garçons.

We are very excited to announce that The Museum at FIT will reopen to visitors on Friday, August 6 with the debut of a major exhibition, Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, which explores how the rose has influenced the way we look, dress, feel, and fantasize. The rose and the savage thorns that protect it—along with the symbolism and myths it has inspired—have long affected designers of fashionable dress, textiles, and accessories. This major exhibition foregrounds innovative and experimental designs, while recognizing that wearing or holding a rose can be transformative.
#TheMuseumAtFIT #RoseInFashion

https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/ravishing-the-rose-in-fashion.php

Noir Kei Ninomiya, ensemble, red wool, resin-treated faux fur, nylon, spring 2020. France. Photograph © Comme des Garçons.

Happy Birthday Oscar de la Renta! Born on this day in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta was known for his luxu...
07/22/2021

Happy Birthday Oscar de la Renta!
Born on this day in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta was known for his luxurious, dramatic, and feminine sensibility. He forged his trademark aesthetic by fusing sculptural shapes and feminine romantic evening wear.
Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/
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Oscar de la Renta, dress, silk satin, velvet, patent leather and rhinestones, USA, c. 1984, gift of Isabelle Leeds

Happy Birthday Oscar de la Renta!
Born on this day in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta was known for his luxurious, dramatic, and feminine sensibility. He forged his trademark aesthetic by fusing sculptural shapes and feminine romantic evening wear.
Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/
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Oscar de la Renta, dress, silk satin, velvet, patent leather and rhinestones, USA, c. 1984, gift of Isabelle Leeds

Happy Birthday Charles James! Born on this day in 1906, Charles James is known for his ability to “sculpt” with fabric, ...
07/18/2021

Happy Birthday Charles James!
Born on this day in 1906, Charles James is known for his ability to “sculpt” with fabric, and his garments are often considered to be works of art. Many fashion historians attribute James’s adept use of elaborate, rigid structures and fluid folds to his early career as a milliner.
Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/
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Charles James evening dress, silk taffeta and netting, USA, 1955, gift of Robert Wells In Memory of Lisa Kirk

Happy Birthday Charles James!
Born on this day in 1906, Charles James is known for his ability to “sculpt” with fabric, and his garments are often considered to be works of art. Many fashion historians attribute James’s adept use of elaborate, rigid structures and fluid folds to his early career as a milliner.
Visit our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/
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Charles James evening dress, silk taffeta and netting, USA, 1955, gift of Robert Wells In Memory of Lisa Kirk

Happy Birthday Giorgio Armani! Born on this day in 1934, Armani’s elaborately embellished clothes have been described by...
07/11/2021

Happy Birthday Giorgio Armani!
Born on this day in 1934, Armani’s elaborately embellished clothes have been described by fashion journalist Suzy Menkes as “symbols of escape from everyday reality.” This silver silk gown from fall 2007 features approximately 100,000 Diamond Leaf crystals, a new shape designed by Armani for Swarovski. Prior to this collaboration, Swarovski had not worked directly with a designer since the 1950s, when the company partnered with Christian Dior.

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

Happy Birthday Giorgio Armani!
Born on this day in 1934, Armani’s elaborately embellished clothes have been described by fashion journalist Suzy Menkes as “symbols of escape from everyday reality.” This silver silk gown from fall 2007 features approximately 100,000 Diamond Leaf crystals, a new shape designed by Armani for Swarovski. Prior to this collaboration, Swarovski had not worked directly with a designer since the 1950s, when the company partnered with Christian Dior.

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

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸 Today is a great day for a picnic or bbq and such outings make one think of gingham. This 1987 Geo...
07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸 Today is a great day for a picnic or bbq and such outings make one think of gingham. This 1987 Geoffrey Beene set, with its pink silk gingham skirt and black point d'esprit lace and sequins, would easily take the wearer from day to night. #IndependenceDay #FourthofJuly

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸 Today is a great day for a picnic or bbq and such outings make one think of gingham. This 1987 Geoffrey Beene set, with its pink silk gingham skirt and black point d'esprit lace and sequins, would easily take the wearer from day to night. #IndependenceDay #FourthofJuly

#ThrowbackThursdayA recent #FashionCulture program about fashion photographer Robert Fairer’s book, Alexander McQueen Un...
07/01/2021
Exploring the eternal fascination around designer Alexander McQueen

#ThrowbackThursday
A recent #FashionCulture program about fashion photographer Robert Fairer’s book, Alexander McQueen Unseen, featured Fairer and John Matheson, the founder of Instagram account @McQueen_Vault, two McQueen experts, discussing why the designer’s appeal seems to know no end.
https://youtu.be/efZAXz9GD3w

https://fashionunited.uk/news/culture/exploring-the-eternal-fascination-around-designer-alexander-mcqueen/2021052155605

In a conversation facilitated by Museum at FIT, to premiere new book, two McQueen experts describe why the designer is more ripe for exploration than ever

With the camera around his neck, Joe Conzo, Jr became known as Joey Snapz, and in the early ‘80s he captured hip-hop as ...
06/30/2021
The Photographer Who Captured the Birth of Hip-Hop

With the camera around his neck, Joe Conzo, Jr became known as Joey Snapz, and in the early ‘80s he captured hip-hop as a modest, homespun phenomenon. His photos from that time are collected in the volume “Born in the Bronx.”
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-photographer-who-captured-the-birth-of-hip-hop

As a teen-ager, Joe Conzo, Jr., took intimate pictures of the Bronx music scene. He’s lived several lives in the time since.

#ShoesdayTuesdayWhereas the 1960s heralded the frankly fake, the 1970s, influenced by feminism and the beginnings of the...
06/29/2021

#ShoesdayTuesday
Whereas the 1960s heralded the frankly fake, the 1970s, influenced by feminism and the beginnings of the environmental movement, ushered in the natural look. Yves Saint Laurent brings organic forms, earth tones, and natural or natural-looking materials into focus with these c.1974 espadrilles.
Dip your toes into our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

#ShoesdayTuesday
Whereas the 1960s heralded the frankly fake, the 1970s, influenced by feminism and the beginnings of the environmental movement, ushered in the natural look. Yves Saint Laurent brings organic forms, earth tones, and natural or natural-looking materials into focus with these c.1974 espadrilles.
Dip your toes into our Online Collections to learn more about fashion designers and fashion history. http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

Happy Birthday Zelda Wynn Valdes!“I just got a God given talent to make people beautiful,” Valdes told the New York Time...
06/28/2021

Happy Birthday Zelda Wynn Valdes!
“I just got a God given talent to make people beautiful,” Valdes told the New York Times. This pioneering Black designer, born on this day in 1905, opened her first NYC boutique in 1948. She designed eveningwear and special occasion dresses for famous female entertainers such as Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Mae West, and Marlene Dietrich.
Photo by Gordon Parks.
To learn more, visit our 2016 exhibition #BlackFashionDesigners https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/black-fashion-designers.php

Happy Birthday Zelda Wynn Valdes!
“I just got a God given talent to make people beautiful,” Valdes told the New York Times. This pioneering Black designer, born on this day in 1905, opened her first NYC boutique in 1948. She designed eveningwear and special occasion dresses for famous female entertainers such as Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Mae West, and Marlene Dietrich.
Photo by Gordon Parks.
To learn more, visit our 2016 exhibition #BlackFashionDesigners https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/black-fashion-designers.php

Jewelry inspired by heritage designs, antique charms, or stones with symbolic meaning may now be more popular than ever....
06/25/2021
Antique (or Antique-Inspired) Jewelry to Buy Now and Keep Forever

Jewelry inspired by heritage designs, antique charms, or stones with symbolic meaning may now be more popular than ever. “During periods of disruptive change,” says MFIT curator Elizabeth Way, “the passing down of jewelry becomes even more significant.”

https://www.vogue.com/article/antique-and-antique-inspired-jewelry

With revolutions, wars, or, indeed, pandemics, we can lose not only loved ones but entire ways of life, and jewelry can serve as a talisman to the past.

Rose is the symbolic flower for those born in the month of June. (You lucky June babies!) However, you don’t have to be ...
06/25/2021

Rose is the symbolic flower for those born in the month of June. (You lucky June babies!) However, you don’t have to be born in June to enjoy the flower that marks the onset of summer. Rewatch on YouTube the museum’s fashion symposium Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, which explores how the beauty, mythology, and symbolism of the rose have long influenced fashionable dress. / Img: Charles James ensemble, 1937

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq7I3h28zSMjBmkx1OYJM2N0pskI5tBOt

Rose is the symbolic flower for those born in the month of June. (You lucky June babies!) However, you don’t have to be born in June to enjoy the flower that marks the onset of summer. Rewatch on YouTube the museum’s fashion symposium Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, which explores how the beauty, mythology, and symbolism of the rose have long influenced fashionable dress. / Img: Charles James ensemble, 1937

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq7I3h28zSMjBmkx1OYJM2N0pskI5tBOt

#ThrowbackThursday This Rodarte evening gown was included as part of the visual narrative for “The Little Mermaid” secti...
06/24/2021

#ThrowbackThursday This Rodarte evening gown was included as part of the visual narrative for “The Little Mermaid” section of MFIT’s 2016 exhibition “Fairy Tale Fashion.” Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte explained that their spring 2015 collection was “inspired by tide pools and the ocean . . . [and] by the fantasy of mermaids, as they poetically capture the spirit of the sea.”
https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/fairy-tale-fashion.php

#ThrowbackThursday This Rodarte evening gown was included as part of the visual narrative for “The Little Mermaid” section of MFIT’s 2016 exhibition “Fairy Tale Fashion.” Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte explained that their spring 2015 collection was “inspired by tide pools and the ocean . . . [and] by the fantasy of mermaids, as they poetically capture the spirit of the sea.”
https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/fairy-tale-fashion.php

Read About Fashion //Traditionally, most scrubs for medical personnel were provided by hospitals and medical programs. T...
06/23/2021
Health Care Workers Deserve Fashion, Too

Read About Fashion //
Traditionally, most scrubs for medical personnel were provided by hospitals and medical programs. Today, the door has opened for direct-to-consumer start-ups looking to disrupt the market. Scrubs are the next vanguard for fashion designers, masks having paved the way.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/fashion/healthcare-workers-scrubs-fashion.html

After masks, medical scrubs get the designer treatment. It’s the next big market no one expected.

Happy Birthday Vionnet! Madeleine Vionnet is widely regarded as having been the greatest fashion designer of the 20th ce...
06/22/2021

Happy Birthday Vionnet!
Madeleine Vionnet is widely regarded as having been the greatest fashion designer of the 20th century. She is known especially for her use of the bias cut to create body-worshipping gowns. Vionnet achieved the relaxed drape of this informal c.1938 gown by using the same bias construction techniques that she employed for her most complicated creations. Even the sash was cut on the bias, resulting in a smooth wrap and elegant bow.
To learn more about fashion designers and fashion history visit our Online Collections http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

Happy Birthday Vionnet!
Madeleine Vionnet is widely regarded as having been the greatest fashion designer of the 20th century. She is known especially for her use of the bias cut to create body-worshipping gowns. Vionnet achieved the relaxed drape of this informal c.1938 gown by using the same bias construction techniques that she employed for her most complicated creations. Even the sash was cut on the bias, resulting in a smooth wrap and elegant bow.
To learn more about fashion designers and fashion history visit our Online Collections http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu/

WOMEN AND JEWELRY: COLLECTORS, DESIGNERS, MAKERS, the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Re...
06/20/2021
ASJRA - Annual Conference on Jewelry & Related Arts

WOMEN AND JEWELRY: COLLECTORS, DESIGNERS, MAKERS, the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts, is Sat and Sun June 26 and 27. Speakers include jewelry historians, curators, authors.

Go to www.jewelryconference.com to register.

Our annual conference for those who love antique, period, costume, studio, fashion, collectible jewelry and the study of jewelry history.

Read About Fashion //While design giants like Rei Kawakubo, Kenzo Takada, Hanae Mori, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto h...
06/17/2021
12 Influential AAPI Designers Who Have Helped Reshape Fashion

Read About Fashion //
While design giants like Rei Kawakubo, Kenzo Takada, Hanae Mori, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto helped forge the way for younger generations of AAPI designers, there's another group of American creatives who found success from the early 20th century to today continue to delve into new territories, be that with design, new business ventures and even social justice efforts.

https://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/aapi-fashion-designers-influential-1234822521/

These designers have brought in fresh perspectives, told new stories and, in some cases, interwoven elements of their heritage to design one-of-a-kind fashion.

"Fashion, Culture, Futures" on June 17  is a free virtual conference that will share new perspectives on the relationshi...
06/16/2021
Fashion, Culture, Futures Virtual Symposium

"Fashion, Culture, Futures" on June 17 is a free virtual conference that will share new perspectives on the relationship between fashion and the African American experience.

Hosted by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fashion-culture-futures-virtual-symposium-tickets-155849168057

This virtual symposium will tackle the complex network of artists, innovators, and image-makers that influence the field of fashion.

Tonight at 6:30 ET (June 16) the French Institute Alliance Française presents the virtual talk "The World of Elsa Schiap...
06/16/2021

Tonight at 6:30 ET (June 16) the French Institute Alliance Française presents the virtual talk "The World of Elsa Schiaparelli" with Delphine Bellini, CEO of Maison Schiaparelli, who will talk about the heritage of this revolutionary couture house and its unexpected revival.
https://fiaf.org/event/2021-06-schiaparelli/

Tonight at 6:30 ET (June 16) the French Institute Alliance Française presents the virtual talk "The World of Elsa Schiaparelli" with Delphine Bellini, CEO of Maison Schiaparelli, who will talk about the heritage of this revolutionary couture house and its unexpected revival.
https://fiaf.org/event/2021-06-schiaparelli/

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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

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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 !