Celebrating MFIT

The place Michael Kors called “the fashion insider’s fashion museum” is having a special anniversary this year.

Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT honors the creative people (and clothing) behind the exhibitions and special shows that have educated and entertained the public since its inception.

Beginning as the Design Laboratory and Galleries at FIT in 1969, the Museum at FIT has specialized in the industrious research, study and appreciation of the apparel industry, mounting award-winning shows that illuminate the process of making garments, from couture to ready-to-wear.

During the last 50 years, the museum has presented over 200 exhibitions, highlighting pieces from their vast collection, which spans women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, leather goods, jewelry and shoes from the 18th century to the present.

The retrospective features extracts from the most significant exhibitions in their 50 year history, including Paul Poiret: The King of Fashion (1976), Fashion and Surrealism (1987), and The Corset: Fashioning the Body (2000).

Today, the museum organizes four major presentations a year as well as special shows curated by students. Their mission is to educate and inspire diverse audiences with innovative exhibitions and programs that advance knowledge of fashion.

They’ve more than met their mission. Happy Anniversary MFIT—here’s to another 50 years!