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The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City has a permanent collection of more than 50,000 garrnents and accessories from the 18th century to the present, with, special strength in 20th and, 21th century worn en’s high fashion. Designers featured range from Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga, Chanel, and Dior to Vivienne Westwood, Xuly-Bet, Yohji Yamamoto aud Zoran. The Museum at FIT also has the world’s best collection of Haslton, an extraordinary collection of Charles James and a great selection of Adrian designs including a number of his Hollywood costumes for MGM including the dress he designed for Joan Crawford in The Bride Wore Red. The museum is aggressively building its permanent collection, focusing on «directional» fashion i.e., the kind of fashion that makes fashion history. Particular attention is paid tu collecting avant-garde contemporary fashion such as Comme des Garçons, and emerging talents, such as Rodarte.

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The museum also has an extensive accessories collection that dates from the mid-17th century to present day. The collection has a particularly strong emphasis on designer accessories from the second half of the 20th century. Among the 15,000 accessories there are more than 4,000 pairs of shoes by designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, Herbert Levine, Christian Louboutin, and Roger Vivier. The millinery collection contains more than 3,000 hats by notable milliners such as Lily Daché, Halston and Phillip Treacy. There are also many examples from couture de-signers such as Balenciaga, Christian Dior and Jacques Fath. In addition, the accessories collection houses fine examples of designer handbags by luxury houses such as Hermés, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, as well as examples by Bonnie Cashin for Coach, and Judith Leiber.

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Founded in 1967 by the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Museum at FIT serves as a «think tank» for fashion studies and is dedicated to advancing knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, programs and publications. The Museum at FIT is best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, such as Gothic: Dark Glamour and Madame Gris: Sphinx of Fashion. Serving the FIT community; the fashion, design, academic, and museum comrnunities; and members of the public, nationally and internationally, interested in fashion. The Museum at FIT organizes four major fashion exhibitions annually, along with numerous student and faculty exhibitions, and an extensive program of specialized classes, tours, lectures as well as the annual Fashion Symposiurn.

TEMPORARY EXHIBIONS ABOUT FASHION IN MUSEUMS:

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Thyssen Museum (Madrid) Hubert de Givenchy / October 22, 2014 to January 18, 2015

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