Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Force of Nature at Museum at FIT

I was thrilled to check out the exhibit Force of Nature at the Museum at FIT. They have some really fabulous exhibits here and they are always FREE!  

From the Fashion at FIT Museum Website: 

Leonardo da Vinci once said that “those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain.” Nature has inspired both art and fashion for hundreds of years. Fashion designers often reference the natural world — its ora and fauna, geology, and physical processes — to create wildly imaginative designs. As Alexander McQueen said, “I have always loved the mechanics of nature, and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.”

Force of Nature examines the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world. The exhibition reveals how nature has historically influenced fashion, and how fashion can serve as an indicator of society’s relationship with the natural world. In eighteenth century Europe, for example, nature became an object of renewed fascination as a result of overseas exploration. This fascination found expression in garments that featured depictions of exotic plants and animals. 

Spanning the eighteenth century to the present, the exhibition is organized into ten sections, each focusing on a facet of fashion’s connection to nature. Garments, textiles, and accessories, exclusively from the collection of The Museum at FIT, illustrate how principles in the natural sciences, such as the dynamics of sexual attraction, have informed fashion design. Elaborately feathered women’s hats, for example, show how the plumage male birds use for sexual display has been appropriated to emphasize female beauty. 

This was really beautiful by Alexander McQueen  
A gorgeous Charles James gown  

Just beautiful  
I love this wedding gown as it was for someone of a short height. My type of gown, and so much detail. Just gorgeous!  

Some pretty wild outfits for the men!  

I just love this sequin dress!  

From our favorite New York City photographer, Bill Cunningham!  

Just love the dress on the right by Thierry Mugler. I could see that on the red carpet today!  

I love animal prints, they look great any time of year.  

Fashion & Textile History Gallery
May 30 – November 18, 2017
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Explore the Force of Nature online exhibition and online resource for additional information about topics covered throughout the exhibition.

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