Category Archives: Overheard

What we heard in the halls of FIT.


Around lunchtime on a gloomy Wednesday, visitors stepped into The Museum at FIT for a show about “the impact of emerging technologies on the nature of fashion and production.” Some were awed by the objects, like a marvelous pink polyester dress by Mary McFadden with her distinctive pleats. Others had their minds strictly on how these innovative garments would look in their own wardrobes. Here are some comments Hue couldn’t help hearing that afternoon.

On the right, the aforementioned Mary McFadden dress, complete with pleats (seeing them may require squinting and/or imagination).

“For once I don’t look at [Issey Miyake’s] clothing and think you have to be really thin to wear it. It can be for the average woman.”

“My! That’s a fat jacket. . . . Like a fat trash bag.”

On a rectangular white dress made from paper-like fabric: “I hope no one confused her for an envelope at the post office.”

“I like this BAAAAAAAAAGGG!”

The mannequin on the left wearing Gareth Pugh is holding the baaaaaaaaaggg.

On a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes with multicolored electrical wires: “I know people like shoes, but those are too crazy for me.”

A short exchange after watching a video clip on digital T-shirts:
“What if you get wet?”
“ZAP! . . . That’s a good question.”

A fuchsia Cardin dress with molded 3D shapes. Hue wonders if it’s machine-washable.

Guest blogger Gaby Campoverde is a sophomore from Swarthmore College studying Art History and Linguistics. In her free time, she enjoys taking long walks in the city, staring at window displays on Fifth Avenue, and spending quality time with her Yorkie, Jamie.


In Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of The Museum at FIT, Part One, November 29, 2011 to May 8, 2012:

“I like the paisley look.”

“No you don’t.”

“Yeah. I do.”


“That looks like something Judge Judy would enjoy.”


“Oh wow. Oh wow. Wow.”

Boudicca, 2006

In Daphne Guinness, September 16, 2011 to January 7, 2012:

“Looks like matador-meets-geisha.”


“This one would clear the dance floor, right?”


“It’s intensely sexual but still feminine. I love it.”


“She got a lot of clothes, this gal.”

One of Daphne's wilder getups