Educational Resources

Rooted in inquiry-based learning, these free resources invite educators, teens, and children to actively engage with our online exhibitions and collection. 

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Educators and Parents

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Ballet Character Lesson Plan

Grade Level K-2
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Children will consider how ballet costumes and related accessories help to create a character and tell a story. They will develop ideas for their own ballet character and costume in this lesson and related activity created in conjunction with the exhibition Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse

close up detail of a Pierre Cardin geometric dress made of cardine

Elements and Principles of Fashion Design

Grade Level 6-9
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Think like a fashion designer! Learn about the elements and principles of fashion design and create your own original design with this glossary and activity guide! 

close up of an evening dress by Adrian

Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond Lesson Plan

Grade Level High School
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Students can explore some of the design techniques employed by the legendary Hollywood costume and fashion designer Adrian. By discussing and observing garments featured in the online exhibition Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond, students will learn about Adrian's unique approach to designing for on and off screen, explore garment construction and textile design, and sketch their own original film costume and red carpet look for an actor of their choosing.

close up detail of black leather saddle-stitched, sculptural jacket by Rei Kawakubo

Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket Lesson Plan

Grade Level Late High School, College
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This lesson invites students to compare and contrast the biker jacket as a utilitarian garment and as a staple of high fashion. Students will visit the online exhibition, Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket, think critically about the objects they see, and sketch an original design for a biker jacket.  


Fun For All Ages


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Dress Dr. Valerie Steele in Garments from The Museum at FIT

In honor of The Museum at FIT's 50th anniversary, and FIT's 75th, play dress up with Valerie Steele using objects from The Museum at FIT's collection.

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Fashion Designer Quotes

Famous fashion designers have been quoted with these. Can you match the designer to the quote? 

Quotes (PDF) | Answer Key




two scrambled terms

Scrambled Fashion Terms

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Do you know your fashion terms? Test your knowledge by unscrambling these! 

Power Mode worksheet with the prompt, "my look is powerful because..."

Power Worksheet

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In celebration of our exhibition, Power Mode: The Force of Fashion, show off your power moves and design your own powerful look with this activity sheet.