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Current Fashion & Textile History Gallery May 31 - November 12, 2023

¡Moda Hoy! Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today

back view of hooded coat with Virgin de Guadalupe paired with vibrant orange dress with giant ruffle sleeves

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For decades, fashion designers of Latin American descent such as Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, and Haider Ackermann have been central figures of the fashion industry. Their successes have paved the way for new generations of talented designers including Gabriela Hearst, Carla Fernández, and Willy Chavarria. These represent only a few of the emerging designers who are making their mark on the fashion scene by creating for famous fashion houses, winning prestigious awards, and dressing celebrity clients. 

¡Moda Hoy! Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today includes creators from Latin American countries, as well as designers of Latin American heritage living and working in the United States and Europe who are often referred to as Hispanic, Latino/Latina, or the gender-neutral term Latinx. Featuring more than 60 objects from the museum’s permanent collection, including many new acquisitions, the exhibition rejects the notion of a singular Latin American style, to focus instead on the diversity of talent present today in Latin America and its diaspora. 

Image: (L) Equihua, Devotion coat, New Classics collection, 2018, USA, museum purchase, 2022.24.1 (R) Kika Vargas, dress, 2022, Colombia, gift of Kika Vargas, 2022.83.1 


Durante décadas, diseñadores de ascendencia latinoamericana como Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta y Haider Ackermann han sido figuras centrales de la industria de la moda. Sus éxitos han facilitado el camino para nuevas generaciones de diseñadores talentosos, como Gabriela Hearst, Carla Fernández y Willy Chavarria. Estos son sólo algunos de los diseñadores emergentes que están dejando huella en la escena de la moda al diseñar para famosas casas de moda, ganar prestigiosos premios y vestir a clientes famosos.

¡Moda Hoy! Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today incluye creadores de países latinoamericanos, así como diseñadores de ascendencia latinoamericana que viven y trabajan en Estados Unidos y Europa, a menudo referidos como hispanos, latinos / latinas o el término inclusivo Latinx. La exhibición incluye más de 60 objetos de la colección permanente del museo, muchos de ellos siendo adquisiciones nuevas. La exposición rechaza la noción de un estilo latinoamericano singular para enfocarse, en cambio, en la diversidad de talento presente hoy en América Latina y su diáspora. 

(Izq.) Equihua, abrigo Devotion, colección New Classics, 2018, EUA, 2022.24.1 (Der.) Kika Vargas, vestido, 2022, Colombia. Donación de Kika Vargas, 2022.83.1  

Upcoming Gallery FIT June 17 - September 3, 2023

Pareidolia | 2023 Illustration MFA Visual Thesis Show

The 2023 Visual Thesis Show, titled Pareidolia, represents the culmination of three years of graduate study for the FIT MFA Illustration candidates. Each MFA candidate develops and executes a unique body of work that represents their exploration, artistic growth, academic research, and professional development. This year the exhibition includes the work of 15 MFA candidates and consists of works on paper, collaged drawings, digital art, animation motion graphics, comics, and picture books.

Image: Laura Marciniak

Upcoming Special Exhibitions Gallery September 13 - November 26, 2023

Food & Fashion

brown strapless floor length dress designed to look like a Hershey's chocolate bar wrapper
Food and fashion are two modes of expression central to our daily lives. They address humankind’s most basic needs, and also offer a significant window into our societies. The histories of food and fashion as consumer and cultural products have converged over the past three centuries. Fashion designers turn to food themes and motifs to comment on critical topics ranging from cultural identity to sustainability, social activism, and body politics, to ideas related to femininity, domesticity, nostalgia, and consumerism.

Food & Fashion is a major exhibition exploring the relationship between these related topics. Featuring over 90 works, it includes garments, accessories, and textiles by designers such as Chanel, Delvaux, Comme des Garçons, Carla Fernandez, Stella Jean, Judith Leiber, Issey Miyake, William Morris, Moschino, Rick Owens, Charles Frederick Worth, and Jason Wu. Food and Fashion illuminates the dynamic relationship between these two mediums as expressed in fashion design.

Food & Fashion is accompanied by a book of the same title (Bloomsbury, 2023).

Image: Jeremy Scott for Moschino, chocolate bar gown, wool/silk and polyamide-nylon blend, fall 2014, Italy, museum purchase, 2019.55.1

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Ann Lowe evening dress, rayon, 1965, USA, gift of Judith A. Tabler, 2009.70.1

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