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"Eco-Fashion: Going Green" now on view at FIT

New York Dress Institute, evening dress, red rayon with rhinestones and beads, 1940, USA, gift of Mrs. Harold E. Thompson.
FIN, marble print dress, organic bamboo satin, Fall 2010, Norway, gift of Per Sivertsen of FIN.
Costello Tagliapietra, dress, polyester peau de soie, fall 2010, USA, museum purchase
John Patrick, hand-painted ensemble in organic cotton mesh, 2008
FIN, marble print dress, organic bamboo satin, Fall 2010, Norway, gift of Per Sivertsen of FIN.Edun, evening
Xuly-Bët, dress and jacket ensemble, multicolor sweaters, brown wool plaid, red nylon, Fall 1994, France, gift of Xuly-Bët.
New York Dress Institute, evening dress, red rayon with rhinestones and beads, 1940, USA, gift of Mrs. Harold E. Thompson.

New York Dress Institute, evening dress, red rayon with rhinestones and beads, 1940, USA, gift of Mrs. Harold E. Thompson.

Photo: Courtesy of The Museum at FIT

The evolution of today’s eco-fashion movement
The exhibit, Eco-Fashion: Going Green, is currently on view at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City) in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery through November 13, 2010. In amazing detail the exhibition explores 250 years of the evolution of the fashion industry’s multi-faceted, complex relationship with the environment. By examining the past two centuries of fashion’s good and bad environmental and ethical practices, Eco-Fashion: Going Green provides historical context for today’s eco-fashion movement. 

More than 100 garments and other items on display
Presented chronologically and featuring more than 100 garments, accessories, and textiles, the exhibition uses contemporary methods for “going green” as a framework to study the past. Each object or garment on display touches on at least one of the following six major themes:

* The repurposing and recycling of materials
* Material origins
* Textile dyeing and production
* Quality of craftsmanship
* Labor practices
* The treatment of animals

The exhibition features some of the finest examples of 21st-century sustainable fashions by current, cutting-edge labels, including Alabama Chanin, Ciel, Edun, FIN, and NOIR. 

Talk and Tour available
If you want to learn even more about the subject, the Gallery is offering a choice of Talk and Tour activities in which visitors join co-curators Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill on a personalized tour of the exhibition. Jennifer and Colleen will answer visitor questions and give additional insight regarding the topic. Talk and Tours are filling fast, but there are openings on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 14, at 10:30 am
Monday, July 26, at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 11, at 10:30 am
Monday, August 23, at 6:00 pm

Registration is required; Call 212.217.4585 or send an email to museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

The Fashion and Textile History Gallery presents biannual exhibitions examining aspects of the past 250 years of fashion. Exhibitions are curated exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s extensive collection, and the topics are always of interest to anyone with an interest in fashion.

If you've attended this or any of the previous Fashion and Textile History Gallery's exhibits at FIT, please tell us how you enjoyed the exhibit.

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Comments (6)

athenacsr athenacsr writes: this is a great idea and helpful. i'm a fan of eco fashion and also collecting homemade bags. you can check it at
http://www.thehandbagcloset.com/
Go Eco Fashion!
Posted: 7:08 am on July 24th

4rebecca 4rebecca writes: Where can I get a pattern?? This looks like it would make a nice tunic to wear to work next winter.
Posted: 9:02 am on July 1st

Nashrunner Nashrunner writes: We have a lovely exhibit here in Nashville at our Frist Center for the Visual Arts, entitled The Golden Age of Couture, featuring clothes, shoes and photographs from designers like Dior, Balenciaga and Chanel from post WWII to near present. Parts of the exhibit can be seen online at www.fristcenter.org Who knew you could find this in Nashville? The Frist is on the "high" end of Broadway so it was pretty much spared from our recent flooding.
Posted: 1:37 pm on June 29th

wicked_stitcher wicked_stitcher writes: tried to see this last weekend in NYC. went there from Philadelphia. the surly museum guard barked that the gallery does not open until noon! a good thing to mention when discussing an exhibition, so others can avoid similar disappointment.
Posted: 4:39 pm on June 28th

Sewsie Sewsie writes: sorry about the redundancy "naturally in nature." DOH!
Posted: 3:25 pm on June 28th

Sewsie Sewsie writes: What's so "green" about polyester? It's a petroleum product. Can you say "BP?"

Wikipedia says: "Polyester is a synthetic polymer made of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) or its dimethyl ester dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and monoethylene glycol (MEG). With 18% market share of all plastic materials produced, it ranges third after polyethylene (33.5%) and polypropylene (19.5%)."

While polyesters may occur naturally in nature, the word as it applies to fabric generally means "synthetic."

Is the fabric repurposed or reused?




Posted: 3:23 pm on June 28th

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