Exhibitions

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Special Exhibitions Gallery August 6 - November 28, 2021

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion

This exhibition presents the first socio-cultural examination of the rose in fashion. This flower can be dated back over 3 million years, and its broad geographic sweep is entwined with stories of trade, immigration, politics, religion, gender, food, beauty, and identity. It has been worshipped and reviled, and it is inextricably linked to perceptions of love. Not surprisingly, this delicate and fragrant flower — as well its sharp thorns — have provided endless inspiration for artists, writers, and designers. The rose has greatly influenced the form and decoration of apparel, jewelry, and fashion imagery.
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    Noir Kei Ninomiya, ensemble, red wool, resin-treated faux fur, nylon, spring 2020. France. Photograph © Comme des Garçons.
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Now on view Fashion & Textile History Gallery November 17, 2021 - May 8, 2022

Head to Toe

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Head to Toe explores approximately 200 years of women’s dress from 1800 to the early 21st century through the lens of accessories. Often garments are the focus of fashion exhibitions, however accessories are integral components of the full ensemble, and are important in communicating vital messages about the wearer. Over time accessories have become powerful tools in articulating ideas about femininity, sexuality, modesty, power, class, and race, as well as an important outlet to express style and individuality.

Head to Toe details the intricacies and etiquette of Euro-American women’s fashion, showing its evolution over time and its changing social context. Topics such as imperialism, industrialization, feminism, and modernity are explored.

Image: Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, silk evening pumps and clutch, 1955-1959, France, gift of Arthur Schwartz, 79.169.6

Student Exhibition Gallery FIT November 13, 2021 - January 30, 2022

Around the Corner

Around the Corner is an exhibition that takes an in-depth look at a group of 21 artists’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, telling individual stories through the art they made and corresponding photographs captured during this imposed reality. Through challenging circumstances, their creative acts took on new significance- helping them to cope with and process a rapidly changing world.

Participating artists are from the FIT Club Urban Studio, with members representing Fine Arts, Photography and Illustration majors. 

Image: Eva Casto, Fading Wave
Forthcoming Special Exhibitions Gallery January 19 - April 17, 2022

Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties

Minimalism. Retro revivals. Deconstruction. The rejuvenation of haute couture. These are just a few of the concepts that have come to define 1990s fashion, which was not easily characterized by a handful of silhouettes or the dictates of a few designers. As fashion editor Stephen Gan wrote in 1997, “To focus on one current look or to obsess over the rise and fall of hemlines is to miss out on the wonder and variety in fashion today.”

Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties is organized by Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories, and features more than seventy-five looks from Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada, XULY.Bët, and many others. The exhibition centers on designers who challenged the expected appearance or workings of high fashion, and who played an important role in laying the foundation for fashion of the twenty-first century.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same title, published by Rizzoli Electa. More than 150 images by photographers such as Mark Borthwick, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Craig McDean, Nick Knight, David Sims, and Ellen Von Unwerth illustrate some of the most important fashions of this dynamic decade.
Forthcoming Special Exhibitions Gallery Fall 2022

Shoes

Shoes will highlight approximately 400 pairs of shoes from the museum’s permanent collection of 4,000 shoes. Following the success of the MFIT exhibitions Shoes: A Lexicon of Style (1999) and Shoe Obsession (2013), this exhibition will provide its own rich narrative on the enduring cultural significance of shoes, while showcasing the museum’s world-class collection of footwear. The museum’s earliest shoes date from the 17th century (a pair of high-heeled men’s shoes). The most recent are spectacular 21st-century footwear. Labels to be featured include Alaïa, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Noritaka Tatehana, Iris van Herpen, and Roger Vivier, among others.

Image: Jimmy Choo for Anya Hindmarch, evening mules, circa 1998, England, gift of Virginia Barbato. 2017.72.2

The exhibition, curated by Dr. Valerie Steele and Colleen Hill, will be accompanied by a lavishly-illustrated companion book, published by Taschen, similar to Fashion Designers, A-Z: The Collection of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (now in its third edition).
Forthcoming Special Exhibitions Gallery Spring 2023

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop

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Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop by examining the roots and history of hip hop fashion from its inception to the present time. This exhibition will explore themes such as the transition of hip hop from the ‘hood to the runway, luxury and designer influence, the impact of hip hop celebrities on the fashion industry, and the growth of hip hop style as an international phenomenon.

This exhibition is curated by Elena Romero, Assistant Professor of Advertising and Marketing Communications at FIT and author of Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry together with Elizabeth Way, Assistant Curator at The Museum at FIT.

Image: Nike, "Air Jordan" sneakers, 1985, USA, gift of Nike. 85.196.1

There’s no shame in living in the past

We have an archive of over ten years of exhibition websites. Take some time to explore our curatorial history!