There is always something to do in New York City. I was reminded of this fact this past Tuesday when I was driving to my appointment on West 26th Street and found myself around the corner from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Luck would have it that traffic was kind of light (which hardly ever happens), and I ended up being an hour early for my appointment, so I excitedly headed over to check out The Museum at FIT.
I am no Carrie Bradshaw, but I do love fashion and instantly thought of my niece who is the ultimate fashionista and I wished she was by my side to take in the Fashion and Technology exhibit. The museum is small, but if you love everything to do with fashion, you can easily spend a good hour. The current exhibition looked at the impact of emerging technologies in fashion design and production over the past 250 years. The exhibit began with displays from the 18th and 19th century and then chronologically moved through the evolution of designs and textiles through the different time periods to present day. The focus of the exhibit highlighted innovations that have influenced production, materials, aesthetic and the function of fashion.
Like most of the today’s museum exhibits, The Museum at FIT used videos and computers to enhance the exhibition, so you can check out what goes on behind the scene when design teams are at work. Visitors also can learn interesting facts about textile manufacturing and how different movements affected trends. One thing for sure, even if you are not into learning about the history of fashion, you will enjoy checking out some interesting fashion trends that usually are only on the runways of the “big four” (London, Milan, New York and Paris) during fashion week. My favorite of the collection was the silver finished polyurethane dress by Gareth Pugh, but I also found the egg crate dress uniquely fun and the Prada silk dress very elegant. What’s your opinion?
The Museum at FIT is FREE, is open every day except Sunday and Monday and is a great place to check out, especially if you have a young fashionista traveling with you. The collections change frequently, and I plan on re-visiting to see their upcoming exhibition, Shoe Obsession.
I also plan to bring my niece to “the most fashionable museum in New York City” next time she comes to visit me. Maybe with a fashion designed day as a “dangling carrot,” her visit will be sooner than later!
Are you a fashionista?