The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, praised for their innovative productions, has launched a new exhibition to highlight work by contemporary designers from their fifty thousand garments permanent collection. Instead of the usual chronological order, the curators have designed the exhibit to showcase garments and accessories alphabetically by designer from the 20th century to the present. But the amazing creations of modern fashion artists are so extensive that the show has been split into two successive semester long exhibitions: Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part One from November 29, 2011 through May 8, 2012, and Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part Two from May 23, 2012 to November 10, 2012.
Among the designs currently on display are a mini dress by Pierre Cardin, an extravagant blouse and skirt by Oscar de la Renta, a spectacular red dress by Donna Karan, an amazing black leather orange lizard boot by Givenchy, a beautiful pair of gloves by Elsa Schiarapelli, and a slip dress by Dolce and Gabbana. Other designers being featured are Beene, Balenciaga, Armani, Lacroix, Toledo, Pugh, and Valentino.
My personal favorite was an exotic creation by Alexander McQueen from his Fall 2008 collection: a short dress with a full open skirt, adorned with black and white snowflake forms and shaped as an hourglass. It is a jewel of clothing. The exhibit’s promotional poster features an evening ensemble bustier and skirt in metallic silver lilac lame with lilac satin by Thierry Mugler, reflecting his interest in fantasy and fetishism and his mastery of complex cuts and construction.
The best part of this exhibition: it is fabulously free. As with every museum, donations are welcomed.
WHERE: The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York, New York 10001
By: Luna Garcia