Free, informative, and inspiring – what more could you ask from a museum? The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology is home to one of the largest collections of apparel in the world; it houses some 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present. From vintage swimsuits to tough biker jackets to dainty lingerie, FIT is a fashion lover’s fantasy world.
FIT is great for both those who simply want to look at the pretty clothes and for those who actually want to learn something about them. The museum, curated by Valerie Steele, is well organized with object labels providing detailed historical significance of each piece.
The lower level of the museum is dedicated to special exhibitions while the main floor houses the Fashion and Textile History Gallery – pieces from the permanent collection that are changed every few months.
Be sure to check their website for information about free lectures, guided tours and panel discussions. If you’re in New York during their Fashion Symposium I highly recommend going – it’s a great opportunity to hear from and meet notable fashion experts from around the world.
The current exhibition, Fabric in Fashion, explores the roles played by textiles in Western fashion over the last 250 years. This will be on view until May 4, 2019.