Past Exhibitions 2009-10

see captionInstallation image from American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion, Special Exhibitions Gallery, November 6, 2009 - April 10, 2010


eco fashion denim garment piece

Eco-Fashion: Going Green
May 26 - November 13, 2010

Eco-Fashion: Going Green explored the evolution of the fashion industry's multifaceted and complex relationship with the environment. By examining the past two centuries of fashion's good and bad environmental and ethical practices, Eco-Fashion: Going Green provided historical context for today's eco-fashion movement.

Presented chronologically and featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles, the exhibition used contemporary methods for "going green" as a framework to study the past. The objects displayed each touched upon at least one of six major themes: the re-purposing and recycling of materials, fiber origins, textile dyeing and production, quality of craftsmanship, labor practices, and the treatment of animals. Curated by Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill, the exhibition featured some of the finest examples of 21st-century sustainable fashions by current, cutting-edge labels, including Alabama Chanin, Ciel, Edun, FIN, and NOIR.

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FIN, marble print dress in organic bamboo satin, fall 2010, Norway, gift of Per Sivertsen of FIN, 2010.10.3. 

delman red heeled shoes

Scandal Sandals & Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes
March 9 - April 3, 2010

Scandal Sandals & Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes featured a vibrant and detailed selection of the glamorous, innovative, and classic styles that made Delman Shoes a leader in women's footwear. This first exhibition devoted to the history of the brand explored and revealed the company's renowned style, advertising, and craftsmanship. Delman shoes were worn by many movie stars and distinguished women of society, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich.

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Red satin peep-toe cocktail shoes, c. 1952, USA, gift of Mrs. Janet Chatfield-Taylor, 81.61.22. 

Night and Day poster

Night & Day
December 3, 2009 - May 11, 2010

Night & Day examined how the rules that dictate appropriate dress for women have changed over the past 250 years. More than 100 day and evening garments, textiles, and accessories were displayed in chronological order, illustrating the conventions for appropriate dress for a particular time of day, activity, or occasion and how these conventions continually change. The exhibition included work by designers such as Christian Dior, Charles James, Yves Saint Laurent, and Olivier Theyskens for Rochas.

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Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, evening dress, black Chantilly lace, black and silver cellophane, spring 2004, France, gift of Maison Rochas, 2007.53.2.

Metal Exhibition Image

Metal Transfigured: FIT Art and Design Faculty Exhibition 2009
November 14 - December 12, 2009

The exhibition Metal Transfigured showcased work by FIT faculty from more than ten different departments within the School of Art and Design. Based on the theme of metal, works included fabric, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, and works on paper.

"Homage to Irving Penn, No.1" - Black and white silver gelatin print - 20" x  24" - Terry Falk, faculty, Photography Department.

Yeohlee dress for American Beauty

American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion
November 6, 2009 - April 10, 2010

Fashion designed and made in the United States over the past 100 years has attained worldwide influence due in large part to the creation and popularization of sportswear, denim, and mass marketing. Yet, America has also produced artistic and innovative clothing that utilized the craft of dressmaking. American Beauty examined the relationship between the philosophy of beauty and the technical craft of dressmaking in the United States. The exhibition featured approximately 80 garments by a highly selective group of American fashion designers, many of whom are all but unknown, such as Elizabeth Hawes, Bonnie Cashin, and Charles Kleibacker. Their work was exhibited alongside that of more celebrated creators: Halston, Claire McCardell, and Charles James, as well as present-day designers, such as Isabel Toledo, Ralph Rucci, Yeohlee, and the Mulleavy sisters, who work under the Rodarte label.
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Yeohlee, Mercury Bellows dress in grey silk, Fall 2007, lent by Yeohlee. Photograph by William Palmer.

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