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The Museum at FIT often loans objects from its permanent collections to other institutions for use in exhibitions. Watch this space for venues featuring MFIT on the road.

Across Art And Fashion
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
May 19 - April 7, 2017
Helmut Lang, evening dress, Red silk chiffon and horsehair, c. Fall 2004, USA, Gift of HL - art, 2009.32.21
Is fashion art?

This project analyzes the forms of dialogue between the worlds of art and fashion: reciprocal inspirations, overlaps, and collaborations--from the Pre-Raphaelites to Futurism, and from Surrealism to Radical Fashion. The exhibition focuses on the work of renowned shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo, who was fascinated and inspired by the avant-garde art movements of the 20th century. It also examines several ateliers of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the advent of the culture of celebrities. It then takes a look at the experimentation of the 1990s, and then goes on to ponder whether we can still talk about fashion and art as two separate worlds, or if we are now dealing with an inseparable, fluid interplay of roles.

The Museum at FIT loaned six looks for Across Art And Fashion.

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
Florence, Italy
Helmut Lang, evening dress, red silk chiffon and horsehair, c. Fall 2004, USA, 2009.32.2, gift of HL.

Refined Irreverence
SCAD Museum of Art
May 20 - Sep 4, 2016
Carolina Herrera, cocktail dress, black velvet and white silk taffeta, c. 1988
Refined Irreverence is a dual exhibition celebrating Carolina Herrera and the 35th anniversary of the House of Herrera. Featuring new and vintage designs from Herrera’s 1981 inaugural collection to the present, the Museum at FIT loaned nine ensembles to the exhibition. Refined Irreverence includes runway looks, day wear, and bridal and red-carpet gowns worn by Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Renée Zellweger and Lucy Liu, as well as ensembles from Herrera’s personal collection.

MFIT's Couture Council honored Carolina Herrera with the Artistry of Fashion award in 2014.

SCAD Museum of Art
Savannah, Georgia
Carolina Herrera, cocktail dress, black velvet and white silk taffeta, c. 1988, USA, 2005.48.8, gift of Carolina Herrera, Ltd.