The Museum of F.I.T. held a press party last night for their first exhibition to pay tribute to the great American designers who made New York city a world fashion capital. The exhibition will be on view from September 23-January 3. 2004. It celebrates excellence in American fashion through approximately 100 exceptional ensembles, including iconic styles by 24 of America's greatest designers, from Geoffrey Beene to Pauline Trigere.
The exhibition is co-curated by Valerie Steele,director of The Museum of F.I.T. and Ellen Shanley, curator of costume.
The designers represented in the exhibition were recently elected, by a jury of their peers, to the Fashion Walk of Fame. Organized by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, the Fashion Walk of Fame consists of commemorative plaques situated along Seventh Avenue honoring the greatest American designers of our time.
Like the Fashion Walk of Fame. the exhibition includes both important designers from the past as well as comtemporary ones. Most of the garments on display come from a permanent collection of the Museum of F.I.T.. For more information contact Mary-Anne Smith, Assistant Director of College Relations at 212-217-7642.