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Leading Ladies of The Wizard of OzGlinda the Good Witch, Re-Imagined by Betsey Johnson
The Leading Ladies of The Wizard of Oz
September 4 - 10, 2014

The Museum at FIT Lobby

Twenty of the world’s top fashion, costume, and accessories designers have reinterpreted the leading ladies of The Wizard of Oz in doll-sized couture versions to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the classic film. The full collection of dolls, starring Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch, and The Wicked Witch of the West, will be on display in the lobby of The Museum at FIT September 4-10.
Each designer has created a unique makeover, featuring hand-crafted outfits, dramatic hairstyles and makeup, and petite footwear for The Leading Ladies of The Wizard of Oz. Participating designers include Reem Acra, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Erickson Beamon, Chris Benz, Carlos Falchi, Douglas Hannant, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Byron Lars, Herve Leger, Jenny Packham, Charlotte Ronson, Anna Sui, Trina Turk, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Sue Wong. Costume designers include Colleen Atwood, Ruth Myers, and Lyn Paolo, in partnership with actress Kerry Washington.

These one-of-a-kind Tonner Dolls will be available to the highest bidder on ‘eBay Giving Works’ September 4 -14, with proceeds benefiting the Warner Bros. and Habitat for Humanity “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to create housing in partnership with low-income families

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HalstonHalston - jacket - USA, c.1980 - 95.85.12, Gift of the Estate of Helen Hotze Haas.
The Inimitable Halston
October 9, 2014 | 6:30 pm
Des Moines Art Center

Valerie Steele's lecture "The Inimitable Halston" examines Halston's revolutionary designs from the Ultrasuede shirtdress to the jumpsuit, as well as look at his significant contribution to today's culture of fashion. The Museum at FIT has a significant repository of Halston garments and is a lender to the exhibition Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede at the Des Moines Art Center (September 19 - Janaury 18). The lecture is based on an essay featured in the exhibition catalogue.

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Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week
October 20 - 26, 2014
Madison Avenue

This week-long event organized by Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) will feature specially-created exhibitions within the boutique windows of Akris, Bally, Brunello Cucinelli, CH Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Hermès, J. Mendel, John Lobb, Max Mara, Missoni and Mulberry — all to benefit The Museum at FIT through the Couture Council.

The series of displays will tell the remarkable story of each brand's heritage and a companion mobile app, designed by C&G Partners, will present visitors to Madison Avenue with an audio/video tour, featuring original commentary by Dr. Valerie Steele, brand ambassadors, and more.

“The concept of ‘heritage’ has become ever more important for fashion and luxury companies, as discerning consumers increasingly seek authenticity and quality. The Museum at FIT, New York’s only specialized fashion museum, is pleased to collaborate with Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week” — Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT.

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Past Workshops


Cross-Pollination
Cross-Pollination: Masterpieces of the Collections
Online event


This workshop was organized by The Museum at FIT in conjunction with Mexico’s Atelier Romo and the Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros (SAPS). Under the mentorship of artist Sebastian Romo and Tanya Melendez, MFIT’s curator of education, students from FIT and Atelier Romo interpreted MFIT’s costume collection and SAPS’ murals. Results are published via the link above.




Cross Pollination Eco Fashion
Cross-Pollination: Eco-Fashion
Online event


Students from FIT and the Mexican school CENTRO shared their skills, diverse perspectives and interpretations of the MFIT exhibition Eco-Fashion: Going Green.

In the summer of 2010, The Museum at FIT invited five students from each institution to investigate ecological sustainability in fashion and what that means to them. The two teams of students were then asked to work together to develop a joint project that would reflect their discoveries and conclusions...
This workshop was organized in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and Centro de diseño, cine y television. It was made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation.




cross polination
Cross-Pollination: Fashion & Politics
Online event


Students from FIT and the Mexican school CENTRO shared their diverse skills and perspectives in order to help each other arrive at interpretations of the MFIT exhibition Fashion & Politics. The results of this online collaboration are published here on MFIT’s website. Organized in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.


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