Wednesday, December 02, 2009

'Night & Day' Exhibition at The Museum of FIT
December 3, 2009 – May 11, 2010

Left Christian Dior NY afternoon dress circa 1952 Right: Christian Dior evening dress spring/summer 1956 (Photography: MFIT)

The Museum at FIT presents Night & Day, a new exhibition examining how the rules that dictate appropriate dress for women have changed over the past 250 years. Featured will be more than 100 day and evening garments, textiles, and accessories that illustrate the conventions during various eras for proper attire for a particular time of day, activity, or occasion. Night & Day will reveal the evolution of the rules that govern fashion, including periods when strictly observed etiquette was the norm and other times when more flexible guidelines prevailed.

Left: Elizabeth Arden trouser ensemble circa 1946 Right: Charles James dinner suit circa 1947

Night & Day, presented in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery, is organized by Molly Sorkin, along with Colleen Hill, Harumi Hotta, Lynn Weidner, and Tiffany Webber. The exhibition will be on view from December 3, 2009, through May 11, 2010.

The Fashion and Textile History Gallery presents biannual exhibitions examining aspects of the past 250 years of fashion. Exhibitions are curated exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s extensive collection. Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Couture Council.

For more information:

Cheri Fein
Executive Director of Public and Media Relations
(212) 217.4700;

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