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 April 15, examines the combined influence of French haute couture, ready-to-wear, and popular culture during this period. All the pieces in the show, including couture by Cardin, Chanel, Courrèges, Dior, and Saint Laurent, are in the museum’s permanent collection of more than 50,000 objects.