Saturday, December 3, 2011


Today I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum with my good friend Mary. FIT always has something interesting in their two fantastic galleries. Today we saw The Great Designers: Part 1 which had a lovely collection of clothing designed by fashion icons such as Coco Chanel and Isabel Toledo. One of my favorites was a dress by Boudicca. It was a very structured yet simple ensemble from their fall 2006 collection.
Boudicca, fall 2006, photo courtesy of FIT
The second and larger gallery had an exhibition featuring the wardrobe of fahionista Daphne Guinness. I am still unsure who this woman is, why she is famous, and why she has so much money to be a couture clothing collector, but her taste is very exquisite, risque, and avant garde. Many of her pieces are designed by the legend Alexander McQeen so it was great to see so much of his work up close and personal. The layout of the exhibit was very dramatic yet allowed the viewer to see many sides of each garment with the use of mirrors and transparent walls. Most of her collection is black, white, or red, full of structured details, beads, and rhinestones, and most of her shoes are fashionably made without heels.  I loved the show, but am glad I don't have the need to wear sequined cat suits and platform shoes everyday. If you didn't make it to the MET to see Alexander McQueen's exhibit last spring you must go to FIT to see this exhibit, it's free and way less crowded and make you appreciate the ease of wearing sneakers, jeans, and a t-shirt.
Daphne Guinness, photo courtesy of
Nina Ricci shoes, photo courtesy of FIT
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