Friday, August 23, 2002


The Museum at FIT will spotlight the work of a designer known for mixing brilliant colors with flawless draping and superb shapes. On view October 15, 2002 through January 4, 2003, Scaasi: Exuberant Fashion - A Celebration of an American Couturier will feature more than 80 exceptional evening gowns and cocktail dresses Arnold Scaasi has designed for such notable figures as Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Joan Rivers, Elizabeth Taylor, and Barbra Streisand.

Scaasi: Exuberant Fashion covers nearly half a century of work and was assembled with the cooperation of the designer and curated by Ellen Shanley, curator of costume, The Museum at FIT. "The show, which spans his entire career, is mostly about eveningwear, clothes for galas, and other significant events," says Shanley. "Scaasi's clothes are designed to make an entrance. His use of fabrics and materials of bold colors and daring combinations of color in unique shapes are breathtaking... You can see why some of his clients have stayed with him for decades!"

Throughout his career, Arnold Scaasi has urged women not to be afraid of dressing boldly. He believes that clothes should enhance a woman's figure, lift her mood, and make her feel good about herself. "I design clothes that will flatter the female form," he says. "I am definitely not a minimalist designer! Clothes with some adornment are more interesting to look at and more fun to wear." The Museum at FIT salutes his vision and his lifetime of unique work.

The museum is located on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27 Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 noon to 8 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays. Admission is free. For museum information call (212) 217-5800. For further press information contact the Office of College Relations at (212) 217-7642 or Visuals are available upon request via mail or email.

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