Tuesday, 29 May 2018


[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Museum at FIT ]

"Fashion Unraveled takes a different approach by examining the concepts of imperfection, incompletion, and memory in fashion. More than sixty objects, dating from the 18th century to the present, are organized into five themes. “Behind the Seams” provides anecdotes on a garment’s creation or the way it was worn. “Mended and Altered” focuses on the varied and sometimes imperceptible ways a garment was modified over its history, while “Repurposed” features clothing that has been entirely remade. “Unfinished” addresses garments that are incomplete, either by chance or by choice. Finally, “Distressed and Deconstructed” discusses the ways in which designers have consciously embraced an aesthetic of imperfection in their work. All of the featured objects question our preconceived notions of beauty and value in fashion, and shed light on the importance of the stories that can be told by the garments themselves." - Introduction to the exhibition.

A new exhibition at the Museum at FIT has been unveiled and it's innovative way at looking at fashion, textiles and the exhibiting of garments is refreshing. It looks at garments that are incomplete or have been taken apart, altered or mended and sorts them into categories which explains why this has occurred. The exhibit pays homage to the skills of makers whose visions are portrayed by the garment, whatever its final outcome, and to museum curators whose skills in the preservation of aging textiles helps to lengthen the lifespan of the designer's vision. My favourite part of the exhibition is the stories that are told by each piece and I believe these to be the most interesting and important thing about the garments. You can view the online exhibition here.



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