New Exhibition: Seduction: 250 Years of Sexuality in Fashion

Seduction is traditionally defined as an act of temptation and enticement, often sexual in nature. Throughout history, men and women have utilized seductive clothing to enhance physical attractiveness, as well as to convey a sense of power and social status. The Museum at FIT presents Seduction, the first chronological survey to explore 250 years of sexuality in fashion.

Featuring at least seventy looks and forty accessories, Seduction examines the complex relationship between seduction and clothing, presenting a visual history of sexuality, moral standards, and social norms – all observed through the prism of fashion. Examples include a black satin Belle Époque corset, red satin Manolo Blahnik stilettos, and a skintight black leather evening gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior.

Press Preview for Seduction, the first exhibition to explore 250 years of sexuality in fashion.

Open to the public December 9, 2008 through June 16, 2009.
Highlights include:
A black satin Belle Epoque corset
A skintight black leather gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior
Red satin Manolo Blahnik stilettos
Shockingly spare flapper dresses
Gorgeously revealing dresses by Gernreich and Halston
An Armani gown covered in a Swarovski crystal designed and named by Armani
A pink chiffon evening dress by Czech designer Sarka Siskova

TIME/PLACE: Tuesday, December 9, 10:00 am – Noon
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.
WHO: Czech designer Sarka Siskova; Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT; and Colleen Hill, curator of Seduction, will be available for interviews and tours.
CONTACT: Cheri Fein, 212-217-4700 or



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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