With New York Fashion Week almost upon us it’s a good time to dive into the living world of fashion in NYC, the place where students are trained and educated to make a career in fashion and make their mark as so many alumni have done before them. The place of course is the Fashion Institute of Technology and the point at which the public intersects with FIT is the Museum at FIT.
While the Metropolitan Museum of Art has the highly regarded Costume Institute with 35,000 garments, the Mueseum at FIT has 50,000 garments from the 18th Century to the current day and apart from being the only Museum in NYC solely dedicated to fashion, and holding the largest collection of fashion in the world, the quality of it’s collection puts it in the top 5 fashion collections in the world.
Right through the year it puts on special exhibitions, all of which are a must see for NYC fashionistas. Currently the exhibition is “Global Fashion Capitals” which focusses on the big 4, NYC, Paris, Londona nd Milan and then 18 other emerging ones spread across the world, all of which is very appropriate during NYFW. All their exhibitions are FREE and highly acclaimed. See the video on the opening of a recent one ‘Gothic: Dark Glamor, which was suitably gothic and steampunk.
As well as special exhibitions there’s the main floor of the museum which has a rotating collection of 200 fashion significant garments and objects and a Gallery which shows student and faculty exhibitions. The Museum’s objective is to collect ‘directional’ fashion, textiles and visual materials with an emphasis on contemporary pieces, edgy pieces which push fashion in new directions.
Given the quality of it’s collection and it’s exhibitions the Museum at FIT has to be a compulsory stop for fashionistas from around the world and before you go visit it’s website and checkout what current FREE lectures, panel dsicussions, fashion conversations and guided tours are on offer, Museum at FIT