If you haven't already checked out the exhibit at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), you still have time to do so! It has been open to the public since Sept. 13th, and will be until Janurary 4th. What's more? Admission is free for this must-see.
A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk visits the contributions of gay fashion designers, such as late the late and great Alexander McQueen, as well as, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier and more .The exhibition showcases approximatley 100 ensembles that range from 18th-century menswear styles to 21st-centruy high fashion. This is the first ever exhibition to solely explore fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) icons throughout the past 300 years. Some of the pieces focus on androgyny, idealism, and controversial design that may be considered ethically unacceptable, with esthetics ranging from drag, to leather, to uniform.
Though Cynthia Kan had been aspiring to be a designer since the age of 14 when she paged through Vogue for the first time, this budding designer quickly realized her dream after one large design project in 2007: creating her wedding gown and dresses for her bridal party. After going back to school at FIT in 2008, she quickly launched her namesake label in 2009 filled with classic silhouettes with some modern twists.
Last night, Caitlin Kelly, an up-and-coming swimwear designer, held an exclusive preview runway show on the rooftop of 2 Gold Street. Caitlin graduated from FIT and has since designed for Badgley Mischka, Target, AH Schreiber, and was the head designer for Aerin Rose Swimwear. Her line was so well received that the owner of Jordan Taylor Inc. offered her the opportunity to create her own high end swimwear collection. The exclusive preview last night was the result of that opportunity and she will be showing her Spring/Summer 2013 collection again at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami this July.
If you missed the first part of the Fashion, A-Z exhibit at Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) that ended May 8th, have no fear! The second exhibit is up and running until November 10th where more than 60 garments and accessories from FIT’s permanent collection will be on display for the public to view.
If you are not familiar with these fabulous fashion exhibits, we shall give you the run down. FIT organized two exhibitions titled “Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT” and part two is currently on display. The presentation is set up in The Fashion and Textile History Gallery where 50,000 garments and 30,000 textiles from the museum’s vast collection have been meticulously combed through to bring together the best of the best for your enjoyment.
FIT’s “The Future of Fashion”: BFA Graduates Fashion Show
What: The best work from FIT’s graduating bachelor of arts fashion design students will be debuted at a runway show. Apparel will include: sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear. See the talented students who could be the next up-and-coming designers show their duds on the catwalk!
When: Wednesday, May 2nd at 4:30 PM
In celebration of CFDA’s 50th anniversary and their exhibition, Impact, the Museum at FIT will also be hosting a series of lectures, starting with the CFDA president herself, Diane von Furstenberg.
Begins at 6 PM at the Museum at FIT
March 6th & 7th: Multi-Designer Sample Sale
You wouldn’t dare brave the frigid temperatures ahead without cozy, warm outerwear, right? You also wouldn’t buy a dress that was all wrong for your body type, right? Well the same applies to outwear. Even though it’s covering your perfectly planned party outfit, your coat can still flaunt your figure! Beautiful coats come in all shapes, sizes, and styles and are usually an investment—so find the perfect fit. Now you can be sure your protection from winter weather is flattering rather than frumpy.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
New York Women in Film & Television will host the 11th annual Designing Women Awards at Macy’s Herald Square. The ceremony will honor the creative work of hair, make-up and costume design created by women in the entertainment industry. RSVP Required. Macy’s Herald Square; (6:30pm-9pm)
Tuesday night I caught a brief ending to an open Q&A with Ruffian designers, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. The design duo spoke on the craftsmanship of their Fall 2010 bevy- taking note of their silk blouses, flaring knee-length skirts and cropped jackets. Brian expressed major enthusiasm when speaking about the sequined jersey dresses, which required the designers to send them out for handmade work. The small, yet intimate event allowed attendees to roam the studio admiring the designers sketches, artwork and wall of inspiration. The collection was partially inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Nights, a theme that carried through the vintage arrangement of images within the design room. The evening was hosted by Friends of Fashion, a national social enterprise created to support the fashion industry through scheduled exclusive events, private shopping parties and designer meet-and-greet opportunities. For more information, please visit their website.