Special Exhibitions GallerySeptember 13, 2023 - November 26, 2023
Delvaux, French fries and burger miniature leather bags, 2017, Belgium. Gift of Delvaux,
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Isoude, organic silk “wine-stained” painted gown, spring 2009, USA. Gift of Katie
Brierley, 2009. 19.1
Cynthia Rowley, corn and tomato printed rayon dresses, 1993, USA. Gift of Cynthia
Moschino, chocolate bar gown, fall 2014, Italy. Museum purchase, 2019.55.1
Chanel, “Brasserie Gabrielle” ensemble, fall 2015, France. Gift of Chanel, 2015.64.1
Bes-Ben, corn cob hat, 1944, USA. Gift of Hope W. Levene, 86.104.1
Rick Owens, United Farm Workers T-shirt ensemble, spring 2020, France. Gift of Rick
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Both food and fashion are central to our daily lives. They speak to people’s most
basic needs while also expressing our individual and cultural identities. The exhibition
Food & Fashion explored how food themes and motifs are used to comment on critical topics from luxury,
gender, and consumerism to sustainability, social activism, and body politics. Food
has influenced fashion design from the eighteenth-century to today. So while the connection
between the two genres is hardly new – think of woven pomegranates, embroidered ears
of wheat, or fruit-trimmed hats – in 2023, the New York Times reported that food motifs are “the new florals” in fashion. Food & Fashion was an exciting and timely exhibition that included over 80 garments and accessories
by designers including Chanel, Moschino, and Stella McCartney. It was a multifaceted
look at how intertwined these genres are and what they can express about our culture
Food & Fashion was co-curated by Melissa Marra-Alvarez, curator of education and research, and Elizabeth
Way, associate curator of costume at MFIT.
Read more about the exhibition via the press release (PDF).
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With its superb selection of images, and thought-provoking and engaging discussion,
Food & Fashion appeals to fashion enthusiasts who have an overlapping interest in food and food
studies, including scholars and students, those who enjoy the fashion of food, and
all who appreciate the visual culture of food, fashion, and art.
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Food Culture Through the Lens of Fashion
The Museum at FIT's curator of education and research, Melissa Marra-Alvarez, and
associate curator of costume, Elizabeth Way, spoke in conversation with food studies
scholar Fabio Parasecoli about their most recent book, "Food & Fashion", which examines
the influence of food culture through the lens of fashion over the last 250 years.
A book signing followed. This event was organized in collaboration with the Museum
of Food and Drink.
Food & Fashion Family Program
This event was an afternoon of intergenerational activities: an exhibition tour, games,
and a creative dye workshop! Parents and children had the opportunity to learn more
about how food and fashion influence each other as they experiment with shapes, colors,
Food & Fashion Symposium
The Food & Fashion Symposium featured preeminent food and fashion scholars, as well
as designers, chefs, and artists. Topics included sustainability, the creative overlap
between fashion and food within haute cuisine and through social media, how cultural
identity and social justice are communicated through food and fashion, how body image
and eating practices intersect with food and fashion, and how artists express the
relationship between these two vital aspects of culture and society.
Food & Fashion According to The Taste Curators
The Taste Curators Abbey Cook and Lish Steiling discussed the exhibition Food & Fashion
with co-curators Melissa Marra-Alvarez and Elizabeth Way. The evening focused on the
coincidences between fashion and food and included tasting dishes inspired by objects
featured in the exhibition.
Food & Fashion was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council of The Museum at
FIT and The Coby Foundation. This project was supported in part by the National Endowment
for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact
individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. Additional support was provided by
The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor
and the New York State Legislature.