The Museum at FIT is currently showing an exhibition that examines the relationship between fashion and its own history. The exhibit is called RetroSpective, and it is on view at The Museum of FIT in New York City until November 16, 2013.
RetroSpective features examples from revivals of 1940s fashion, particularly from the 1970s, as well as designer adaptions of the styles popular in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition concludes with fashions that reference the last two decades of the twentieth century.
As part of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), The Museum at FIT is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. The museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present.
The Museum at FIT collects, conserves, documents, exhibits and interprets fashion. The museum’s mission is to advance knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, publications and public programs.
Left to right: Norman Norell, “Josephine” evening dress, red wool crepe, satin, 1962, USA, gift of Claudia Halley; Evening dress, white silk tricot, pink fringe and cord, circa 1810, England, museum purchase.
Left to right: Two-piece dress, plaid silk taffeta, black velvet, circa 1860, USA, museum purchase; Cage crinoline, woven cotton tape, metal hooks, wire, circa 1865, USA, gift of Elizabeth Haynes; Anne Fogarty, cocktail dress, green silk satin and taffeta, 1950-1954, USA, gift of Berta Katz; Yoshiki Hishinuma, evening dress, white and fuchsia polyester, cage crinoline with nylon, fall 1996, Japan, gift of Yoshiki Hishinuma; Thom Browne, ensemble, printed Madras polyester faille, cotton, multicolor plaid cotton hoops, leather, spring 2013, USA, gift of Thom Browne.
Left to right: Anna Sui, ensemble, floral embroidered shot silk taffeta, velvet, ribbon, white cord, beaded washed denim, 1999-2000, USA, gift of Anna Sui; Carolina Herrera, evening dress, black velvet, white polka dot silk taffeta, fall 1988, USA, gift of Carolina Herrera, Ltd.; Elsa Schiaparelli, evening dress, shot silk taffeta, circa 1939, France, courtesy of Mrs. Michael Blankfort.
Left to right: Mike Bidlo, suit, tweed, paint, 1982, USA, gift of Mike Bidlo; Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, dress, printed canvas, striped knit, fall 2004, France, gift of Balenciaga; Stephen Sprouse, man’s leggings, printed spandex, 1985, USA, gift of Stephen Sprouse, Inc.
The exhibit may be viewed Fashion and Textile History Gallery. The Museum at FIT Is located 227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001. Call (212) 217-7999 for directions and additional information.
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