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Jun 02 - Nov 12

Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York,10001-5992USA
  • Lisa Folawiyo, dress, spring 2015, Lagos, gift of Lisa Folawiyo, 2015.6.1

  • Yohji Yamamoto, corset, fall 1991, Tokyo, gift of an anonymous donor, 2010.1.2

  • “Global Fashion Capitals” exhibition at The Museum at FIT, New York


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Global Fashion Capitals exhibition at The Museum at FIT, New York

The Museum at FIT, New York, dedicates an exhibition to the way globalization has changed how we perceive fashion, casting light on the established and emerging fashion capitals around the world. The exhibition, which is curated by Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way, features more than 80 items coming from 20 different cities, in an attempt to explore how each city’s cultural identity and social, political and economic situation is expressed through its fashion scene. The exhibition starts with an interactive global map that helps the viewer geographically locate the featured cities, among them Istanbul, Johannesburg, Madrid, São Paulo, Mumbai and Stockholm, showcasing images from their fashion weeks, along with street style snapshots.

The exhibition continues with a section dedicated to the traditional fashion capitals, starting from Paris, the capital of haute couture, featuring creations from legendary designers like Charles Frederick Worth, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, as well as new promises like Bouchra Jarrar. Next stop is New York’s fashion scene, from the casual chic of Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan to the uber sexiness of Halston and the sporty chic of Alexander Wang, with an impressive 1938 gown by Nettie Rosenstein stealing the spotlight. From New York we go to Milan, with iconic designs from Prada, Gucci, Versace, Pucci, Ferragamo and newcomer Stella Jean. Finally, we stop in London, having the chance to discover pieces from Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, three designers that put the city in the modern fashion map.

Apart from the main fashion metropolises, the exhibition also casts light on the alternative capitals that have given birth to important fashion movements, among them Antwerp and its famous Antwerp 6 group, represented in the exhibition by Dries Van Noten and Walter Wan Beirendonck, or Japan and its Japanese fashion revolution, represented by pieces from pioneer designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo. Last, but not least, the exhibition explores how politics, economics and government support help shape one city’s fashion scene, with examples from the post-apartheid fashion evolution of Johannesburg or the latest, era-defining fashion trends of Kiev that are strongly influenced by the political situation in the country.