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Thursday, January 27, 2011

"His and Hers" - FIT Museum

A couple weeks ago I went to the FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) museum on 27th street and 7th ave. It's free and well worth the trip. The exhibition is described as follows :
"His & Hers explores the relationship between gender and fashion over the past 250 years. Clothing can act as an immediate signifier of gender – however, while making distinctions between “masculine” and “feminine” styles of clothing may seem natural, gendering is not a biological phenomenon. While much of the show discusses the changing ideas of “appropriate” attire for each gender, it also includes examples of so-called unisex and androgynous fashion. More than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles from the Museum’s permanent collection are featured chronologically, from a seemingly “feminine” 18th-century man’s velvet suit, to a woman’s “power suit” from the 1980s. Other works include  innovative designers such as Giorgio Armani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gianni Versace, and Vivienne Westwood. The exhibition is curated by Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley." (via FIT)
 It's fascinating to see men and women wardrobes changes through the years. This piece was one of my favorites: an asymmetrical tuxedo by Lynda and Daniel Kinne. I loved the pouffy sleeves on the black and white checked shirt, the intricate almost fish scale like layering on the trousers and especially the one shouldered tux. I don't see any occasion where I could wear such an outfit but I like the concept.


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