Zooming in on The Museum at FIT’s sophisticated new storage facility

Costume is more sensitive to light, heat, and humidity than even oil paintings. Ultraviolet and visible rays fade colors and weaken fibers, and fluctuations in temperature and humidity can embrittle fabrics or stain them with mold. For these reasons, it’s essential for fashion collections to be stored in highly controlled environments.
This year, The Museum at FIT debuted a two-floor, state-of-the-art facility for its 50,000 garments and accessories, some of which date back to the 1600s. (The $4.8 million renovation was made possible through generous donations from New York State, New York City, and the Couture Council.) The space is bright, cool, and surgically pristine—an ideal resting place for all those luscious Chanels, Diors, and McQueens.
“Everything in these rooms was designed to care for and protect the collections,” says Sonia Dingilian, the museum’s registrar, who oversaw the renovation alongside senior conservator Ann Coppinger, Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles ’06, Patternmaking Technology ’94, Fashion Design ’78. “It’s been a long process, but we are extremely happy with the end result.”


Hover over the numbers below to get details on the renovated storage space (Desktop only).

The facility isn’t open to the public, but take a peek inside
the museum’s collections 24/7 at .