It’s the ideal time to visit The Museum at FIT. Their free gallery exhibitions are located in the heart of the fashion district on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street with presentations that shouldn’t be missed. “!Moda Hoy! Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today,” curated by Tanya Malendez-Escalante and Melissa Marra-Alvarez with Spanish translations by Pamela Bautista Garcia, is now on display. You can see it through November 12, 2023 it the Museum’s Fashion & Textile History Gallery on the main floor.
Designers of Latin American descent, including Carolina Herrera and Oscar de La Renta, have inspired new generations of talented individuals such as Kika Vargas and Gabriela Hearst. “!Moda Hoy! Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today” at FIT showcases both creators from Latin American countries and ones with a Latin American heritage living and working in the United States. The exhibition does a great job of changing the way we perceive the fashions by organizing them into sections such as Indigenous heritage, sustainability, art, gender, politics, elegance, craftsmanship and popular culture. Take time to wander through the gallery and appreciate the thoughtful design and craftsmanship of each outfit that is on view. Click for the website for the Museum at FIT and follow on social media #ModaHoyMFIT and @museumatFIT.
And there’s more to see when you visit FIT. In the Art and Design Gallery, Lobby area “Millinery at FIT” is a stunning celebration of hat-making. This exhibition highlights the talent of over 40 alumni milliners with a variety of styles and craftsmanship techniques. Guests will certainly appreciate that millinery has a fascinating history and a bright future. You’ll likely want to don a beautiful hat yourself after seeing the creations.
In the rear of the Art and Design Gallery student designs are on display from the “2023 With Love Halston x FIT” competition that interfaces eight garments created by students with the historical representations of Halston’s original designs. This exhibition features iconic examples of Halston’s exquisite talent in categories that include luggage, fragrance, handbags, and accessories. Visual imagery also accompanies the items. The eight students’ award-winning work is outstanding in every respect and their designs provide a view of the excellent education that they have received at FIT.
Photo Credit: Marina P. Kennedy