Past Exhibitions 2022-2023

bodice view of two cream colored evening dresses by dior and balenciagaDior and Balenciaga: The Kings of Couture and Their Legacies, Fashion and Textile History Gallery, June 1 - November 6, 2022


red high heel-less shoes covered in red jewels and gold studs

Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic
Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 1–December 31, 2022

Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic highlighted more than 300 pairs of shoes from the museum’s permanent collection of 5,000 shoes. Following the success of the MFIT exhibitions Shoes: A Lexicon of Style (1999) and Shoe Obsession (2013), this exhibition provided its own rich narrative on the enduring cultural significance of shoes, while showcasing the museum's world-class collection of footwear. The museum's earliest shoes date from the 17th century (a pair of high-heeled men’s shoes). The most recent are spectacular 21st-century footwear. Featured labels included Alaïa, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Noritaka Tatehana, Iris van Herpen, and Roger Vivier, among others.

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Image: Noritaka Tatehana, red "Crystal Rose" platforms, 2014, Japan, gift of Noritaka Tatehana, 2014.52.1

unseen memory graphic in red text against a black backgroun with icons of an eye, a camera, and a brainUnseen Memory Photography Exhibition
Gallery FIT
October 29 – November 13, 2022
November 19 – December 11, 2022

Memories, both real and imagined, were the catalyst of this group exhibition of photographic-based imagery by FIT students in the Photographic Concepts and Exhibition (PH352) classes. The exhibition Unseen Memory was a creative exploration of personal narrative, identity, and truth experienced by Fine Arts students in the Photography Department. Collaborating with students from all three PH352 classes along with Professors Jessica Wynne, Tiffany Smith, and Michel Leroy, the exhibition was presented in two consecutive shows in Gallery FIT at The Museum at FIT.

Image: Lindsey Del Rio

brown and blue cocktail dresses side by sideDior + Balenciaga: The Kings of Couture and Their Legacies
Fashion and Textile History Gallery
June 1 – November 6, 2022

This exhibition highlighted fashions by Christian Dior (1905-1957) and Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972), the two most important couturiers of the mid-twentieth century. Featuring objects drawn solely from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, this exhibition was the first to juxtapose the work of these legendary designers, side-by-side. 

This curatorial exploration and re-evaluation of these kings of couture—Dior and Balenciaga—also included designs by subsequent creative directors of the houses they founded, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Demna Gvesalia, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

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LEFT: Christian Dior, brown silk taffeta cocktail dress, autumn 1955, gift of Leslie Cortesi, 69.153.3
RIGHT: Cristóbal Balenciaga, blue silk taffeta cocktail dress, 1954, gift of Mrs. Rodman A. Heeren, 70.57.54

a woman wearing a white woven ensemble in a gardenCrafting Change
Gallery FIT
September 17 – October 16, 2022

The work of FIT alumni took center stage in the FIT exhibition Crafting Change. Organized by the Textile/Surface Design Department in conjunction with New York Textile Month, the works featured in the exhibition used long-established techniques in a modern context to highlight the potential for promoting connection, community, and wellbeing through creating textiles. These works explored the potential for art to promote the connection with ourselves and others and how the tactility of textiles can provide balance to time spent in the digital realm. 

Image: KÙR x BLG

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