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Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Explore the Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology on your university or college trip to New York.

A fascinating study visit for any college group trips to New York for Fashion students, the Museum at FIT includes important collections of clothing, textiles, and accessories.

The Museum was founded in 1967. Known then as the Design Laboratory, the Museum at FIT began presenting exhibitions in the 1970s. Over time, The Museum at FIT acquired its own collection, as well as thousands of textiles and other fashion-related material.

The Museum’s permanent collection now includes more than 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present. Important designers such as Adrian, Balenciaga, Chanel, and Dior are represented. The collecting policy of the Museum focuses on aesthetically and historically significant clothing, accessories, textiles and visual materials, with emphasis on contemporary avant-garde fashion.

There are three galleries in the Museum. The lower level gallery is devoted to special exhibitions. The Fashion and Textile History Gallery on the main floor features a rotating selection of approximately 200 historically and artistically significant objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. Gallery FIT, also located on the main floor, is dedicated to student and faculty exhibitions. 

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