Kerry O'Brine Womens Wear

Behind the seams

Three exhibits at The Museum at FIT

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If they have an exhibition on at The FIT museum then it is always worth a look in. They have a huge collection of clothing (over 50,000 garments) and it’s great that they show them to the public for free. Yesterday I popped in and they have three exhibitions on at the moment: Fashion A-Z, Impact and Youthquake.
Fashion A-Z took one designer from each letter of the alphabet and showed pieces from the FIT collection. There was a broad range of designers on show from Oscar de la Renta to Westwood and Alaia to McQueen.
Take a look at their website

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In a room adjacent they have the exhibit Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution is an exploration of 1960s youth fashion that had such a huge impact on the fashion world.

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My main comment would be that they could have extended the A-Z exhibit into the Youthquake area and had a bigger sixties exhibit another time.

Downstairs they have the Impact exhibit. This exhibit is focused on American designers and the impact they have had on the fashion industry. There was a nice range of designers and great range of categories from sports wear to couture. They are showing both men’s and women’s wear.
It’s great to see some of the really intricate cut pieces close up such as a Carolina Herrerra gown and the Zac Posen red gown.

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The details of a Francisco Costa’s dress from this year stood out for its beautiful seaming details.

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There is also a selection of accessories. A coach bag from 1973 still looks fresh today, in fact it would easily blend into the current collection (hang on….I just checked out the coach website and they have reissued some bags including the one I saw in the museum! See pics below)

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Well worth taking a look at this display.

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