December 2, 2014 - April 25, 2015
Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits explores various levels of authenticity in fashion using approximately 100 objects from the museum’s permanent collection. Throughout the past 150 years of fashion history, couture copies, diffusion lines, and licensing agreements have blurred the line between what is genuine and imitation. Meanwhile, the exponential growth and sophistication of the counterfeit industry has made it increasingly difficult to identify an inauthentic item. Faking It sheds light on the complexities surrounding these topics.
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Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70sSpecial Exhibitions Gallery
February 6 - April 18, 2015
Yves Saint Laurent and Halston were the most famous and influential fashion designers of the 1970s. Drawing inspiration from menswear, foreign cultures, and historical periods, Saint Laurent and Halston crafted a new, chic, and modern way of dressing that became synonymous with the sexy and glamorous lifestyle of the decade. While they and their designs are recognizable to fashion enthusiasts and monographic books and exhibitions on each designer abound, Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s will be the first exhibition to juxtapose and analyze their contributions to fashion at the height of their careers, as well as how they came to exemplify this singular, dynamic era in fashion history.
All of the nearly 100 objects on view within the exhibition will be drawn exclusively from the Museum at FIT’s permanent collection. With such narrow parameters—two designers and one museum collection—the exhibition is decidedly not a survey of 1970s fashion, nor is it a retrospective of each designer’s work. Instead, it is a curatorial exploration, a re-evaluation of Saint Laurent and Halston set within the larger cultural landscape of the dreamy, indolent, sexy 1970s.
Lauren Bacall: The LookGallery FIT
March 3 – April 4, 2015
Lauren Bacall: The Look is a celebration of the film and theater star’s unique style in which Bacall’s own garments take the spotlight. The exhibition will also explore Bacall’s personal relationships with several of the fashion designers who dressed her.
Lauren Bacall’s effortless style combined elegance and simplicity. Students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program in FIT’s School of Graduate Studies have collaborated with The Museum at FIT to present approximately 12 items from a collection of 700 that Bacall donated to the museum in 22 gifts, between 1968 and 1986. The Look will include work by designers Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Norman Norell, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emanuel Ungaro, focusing on pieces from the 1960s and 1970s. A selection of pieces in the Bacall collection can be viewed in the Museum's online collections.Image: Normal Norell, evening dress and coat, cashmere, silk jersey, and sequins, circa 1958, USA, gift of Lauren Bacall, 68.143.6.