As we stated in our last post (Youthquake, Part 1), each year the graduate students of the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, Museum Practice program curate an exhibit in the Museum at FIT and then present to the students in Precollege Programs about the content of the exhibit and the process of curating the exhibit. Here are some of the images from that day! For the full gallery, see our Flickr set here.
My last class at FIT was a little different from the usual day. We saw a presentation on the new exhibit, Youthquake! It is about the 60’s and how the youth changed fashion forever. Since the start of people expressing themselves through fashion and how they wanted to break out of societal norms, fashion has yet to stop evolving. Youthquake shows the start of a break through in fashion history, which will make ladies appreciate that we can wear pants now! It was curated by FIT graduate students and is just one of the three amazing exhibits featured at the Museum at FIT.
One of the quotes on the wall that I found interesting:
“Under 24 and 90 million strong in the U.S. alone. More dreamers. More doers. Here. Now. Youthquake.” -Vogue, 1965
The other exhibits include IMPACT which celebrates the 50 years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Fashion A-Z, part I. They both feature amazing garments by dozens of the most incredible fashion designers, including Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel. If you want to learn more about the Museum at FIT, you can go to http://www.fitnyc.edu/11600.asp
After a photoshoot and a nice lunch break, I went to my second class and finished my first skirt pattern. Next, we’re making a flare skirt which should be really cute and fun, but more challenging. I’m really excited to make myself a few skirts, but first I have some school work to do.
So, this past Saturday was St. Patricks Day and due to the parade the city was crazy and I wasn’t even in the heart of it… but, I guess the bunches of chaotic people did bring humor to my day!
This week in particular was different from all of the others because this week Precollege students got a chance to tour the new “Youthquake” exhibit at the FIT museum, we also toured the “IMPACT” exhibit and “Fashion A-Z” exhibit. Unfortunately, pictures weren’t allowed but I’ll tell you my favorites! I was really excited for the “Youthquake” exhibit, a few weeks ago I heard it was coming up and couldn’t wait to see it! Not surprisingly, I was not the least bit disappointed by it, to anyone who hasn’t seen I highly recommend you check it out! However, my favorite out of all three was the “IMPACT” exhibit. When I walked into the exhibit there was just tons and tons of mannequins filling out all the walls. What really amazed me was that fact that some of the clothing were as old as 50 years old yet you were still able to tell which designer created the clothing, it was also amazing to see that a designer’s aesthetic stays within them for such a long time. For example, in some cases I was able to tell which designer designed what from Betsey Johnson’s quirky and wacky style (particularly her notorious cherries), Bill Blass’s simplicity, or Michael Kor’s infamous golds and metallics. Overall, all the exhibits were wonderful, I am going to make it a priority every time a new exhibit comes along to make sure to see it on my own!
Here’s just kind of a “play-by-play” of a day with me at FIT:
Arriving at FIT!
Shortly after I entered class my class and I went down to the museum. Make sure to check out the slideshow of this weeks “Youthquake” event, there’s tons of pictures (there’s even a picture of myself and me and my class in it)!
On break I took a trip to the Fashion Design Bookstore right across the street from the A building!
After class I went to Beacon’s Closet in the East Village, if you’re willing to go out of the “FIT area” I would definitely recommend going!
FIT Through My Eyes:
Waiting for the 7:23AM train at Morristown NJ, Train Station.
Catching up on ELLE on the train! The early trains are usually nice and quiet, perfect for relaxing and reading a magazine!
Me and my friend Nicole during our class trip to The Museum At FIT. All the exhibits were amazing! My personal favorite was ” Youthquake! The 1960’s Fashion Revolution”
I love people watching in the city! Walking down the streets of NY always inspires me. From the advertisements and billboards to the people strutting in their new spring clothes, something always seems to catch my eye.
Saturdays class was especially enjoyable thanks to the fabulous trip to The Museum At FIT. I encourage everyone to come out and experience the exhibits for yourself, you won’t regret it! Thanks for reading guys, I’ll see you next week!
Each year the graduate students of the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, Museum Practice program curate an exhibit in the Museum at FIT and then present to the students in Precollege Programs about the content of the exhibit and the process of curating the exhibit. Today, they presented the exhibit “Youthquake: The1960’s Fashion Revolution.”
The 1960s Fashion Revolution explores the dramatic impact of youth culture on fashion during the 1960s. “Once only the rich, the Establishment, set the fashion,” said pioneering British designer and boutique owner Mary Quant. “Now it is the inexpensive little dress seen on the girls in High Street.”
The exhibition begins by looking at a new generation of designers and their innovative boutiques, where young clientele—an increasingly powerful consumer class—shopped and socialized. London was the epicenter of youth-generated style, but youthquake boutiques soon began to open internationally. New York’s Paraphernalia boutique sold work by emerging talent such as Betsey Johnson, in addition to the work of London designers. Paraphernalia’s cutting-edge designs will be represented by a mini-dress in metallic copper knit.
* For more information, you can, check out the Museum’s page or the graduate student’s exhibition website.
Precollege students attentively watched a presentation hosted in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre in FIT.