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
Around the Corner
Participating artists are from the FIT Club Urban Studio, with members representing Fine Arts, Photography and Illustration majors.
Image: Eva Casto, Fading Wave
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.
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).
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