Posts Tagged The Museum at FIT

The French Connection

The late ’50s and early ’60s was one of the most groundbreaking periods in fashion history, an era of relaxed, youthful designs. Many books and exhibitions about the era position London as the center of innovation, but Paris also played a significant role. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, in The Museum at FIT from February 10 to…

BUYER BEWARE
An assistant curator of Faking It, a show at The Museum at FIT, on how to spot a counterfeit Chanel bag

When Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel designed her “2.55” purse, she created an icon. A very desirable icon. Like a lot of high-end designer merchandise, the bag became a target for imitators and forgers; copies are probably for sale on Canal Street at this very moment. The counterfeit industry nets $600 billion annually, according to independent news…

Getting the Look

Between 1968 and 1986, iconic actress Lauren Bacall, who died in 2014, donated 700 of her garments to The Museum at FIT. This spring, the graduating class in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program presented Lauren Bacall: The Look, an exhibition exploring her career and style. “She was relaxed and…

Designing a Decade

Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s, on view at The Museum at FIT through April 18, examines the careers of these two designers, one French, one American, who were enormously influential in shaping the look of the 1970s. Though the two are often considered diametrically opposed—Saint Laurent as a great colorist who imbued…

ON POINT:
From pointe shoes to Halston, a show at The Museum at FIT explores how dance and fashion have influenced each other

Dance fever has swept the fashion world. Not one, but four high-fashion designers will debut costumes for new works at the New York City Ballet’s fall gala, including the elegant Carolina Herrera and the quirky young Brit Mary Katrantzou. (Thom Browne, known for his playful deconstructions of all-American prep, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton round…

True Stories of Fakes

Designers have struggled against knockoffs for more than a century. Learn about these intellectual-property battles at Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, on view in The Museum at FIT’s Fashion and Textile History Gallery from December 2, 2014, to April 25, 2015. The show, organized by Assistant Curator Ariele Elia, features the originals and imitations…

MFIT Director Honored Twice

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, won the 2014 Millia Davenport Publication Award from the Costume Society of America for A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk (Yale University Press, 2013). She was also named to the Business of Fashion’s BoF500 list, an index of fashion’s…

Exposed Opens at MFIT

Exposed Opens at MFIT Exposed: A History of Lingerie, at The Museum at FIT through November 15, traces the developments in intimate apparel from an 18th-century corset to a brand-new La Perla bra and panty. More than 70 garments (and undergarments) from MFIT’s collection, many of which have never been shown, are on display. The…