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“Great museum for anyone remotely interested in fashion”
Review of The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT
Ranked #162 of 1,111 things to do in New York City
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“Great museum for anyone remotely interested in fashion”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

This is a great museum to visit if you have any interest in fashion or clothing. The current exhibits on fashion and technology (a historical review of the development of technology over time - fabrics/fabrications, sewing machines/stitching, etc.) and shoes are interesting, informative, and fun. Lots of women and men checking out the exhibits when I was here. Best yet, free admission! Nice visit for a 1.5-2 hours. Location in Chelsea also can be matched well with a visit to the High Line, Chelsea Market, Flatiron district away from some of the overtouristed areas of the city.

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Well Worth A Visit”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

You never know what to expect here. I visit FIT's museum at least twice a year, and it's almost always a good surprise. I thought the current Shoe exhibit would be a walk through footwear history. But instead, I found it a collection of small, spectacular, 21st century sculptures (many of the so-called shoes on display couldn't possibly be worn by humans, could they?) The exhibit is fun because lots of the creations are wildly artistic, but also because picturing someone walking in them is quite an image.

I expected "Fashion and Technology" to be all about cutting-edge, Space Age, digital designs. It turned out to be mesmerizing, but a completely different concept. The show truly traces the interaction between clothing design and whatever was happening in society over the last three centuries. Some factors were obvious -- the invention of the loom and sewing machine -- but I'd never thought about most of them. I learned how the bicycle changed the whole notion of women's clothing, and what the washing machine meant for fashion design (not just laundry). It was fascinating to see the strong influence of architectural styles, like Art Deco, on clothing of the era.
The museum is open till 8 on weeknights, and is free, with a near-Chelsea location. Bonus #4: you often overhear FIT students making insightful comments about things a regular person would never notice.
Even if you have no interest in clothes, design or styles, you can still enjoy this place. I'm no fashionista -- attire in my home office is so casual, I dress up for my daily jog -- but I'm often caught up in exhibits here because they reflect the values and what is or was going on in an entire culture at the time these clothes were in style.

Visited February 2013
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Gorham, Maine
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“A Museum in the strictest sense...”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

The FIT Museum is definitely a museum in the strictest sense of the word...no photos allowed, guards warning of wayward kids, everything spoken in hushed tones, and alarms going off if you lean to far over the rail. That said, enjoy the neat display of fashion through the years and make sure to visit the downstairs traveling exhibit...this time around, it was all about shoes. Having one child who is a shoe-a-holic, she was in her glory! While certainly not designed for younger children, there is an elevator and the guard was very helpful with assisting us with our stroller.

Visited February 2013
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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“Warm, Cool and Free.”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

We dodged some freezing winds and ducked into the FIT museum. It is not extensive, but the hour or so we spent there was enough to warm us, the exhibits were fun and the price is right.
Their current exhibit consists of some beautiful and some extreme examples of high heels and boots by Chanel, Louboutin, Prada and many more. Many were uniquely decorated, some might be impossible to actually wear (or walk in) and others were just bizarre.
Additionally there was a room that featured textiles and some examples of iconic dress from the 1700's to the present.
And, at no extra charge, good people watching!

Visited February 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Shoe Exhibit”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Lower level of the FIT museum. Exhibit is free and a must see. You will be dazzled by how creative and innovative people can be when thinking outside the box. Styles are not your everyday going to work shoes. Many shoes are in private collections. The creators are well known in their field. A super fun exhibit of women's shoes and boots. Check out the fashion exhibit on the 1st floor.

Visited February 2013
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