Shoe Obsession examines our culture’s ever-growing fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes. Over the past decade, heels have reached new heights —as have prices. High-heeled shoes—the fashion shoes of the 21st century—have become so tall that even a 4-inch heel is considered “low.”
Shoe Obsession will feature approximately 150 examples of contemporary footwear, highlighting the extreme, lavish, and imaginative styles that have made shoes central to fashion including works by Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, and Roger Vivier, as well as shoes from influential design houses, including Azzedine Alaïa, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Prada. Shoe Obsession will also include highlights from the incredible shoe collections of several stylish women, including jewelry designer Lynn Ban and fashion icon Daphne Guinness.
Fashion and Technology explores the impact of emerging technologies on the nature of fashion design and production over the past 250 years.
The Art Deco movement introduced a heavily geometric aesthetic to art and design, which crossed over into fashion in the form of decorative motifs. Innovations in rubber and plastic also found a variety of applications in fashionable items that include athletic shoes and eveningwear.
Parisian couturiers Pierre Cardin and André Courrèges cited the Space Race as a primary inspiration for their new, youthful fashions. With the first men orbiting the earth in 1961, designers created looks that the fashionable woman could wear on a jaunt to outer-space.
In the late 20th century, the rapid spread of personal computers and the introduction of the internet transformed culture. Designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier turned to “cyber space” for aesthetic inspiration, and software programs like Computer Aided Design (CAD) and computer-operated Jacquard looms began to alter the ways garments were produced.
From 3-D printing to advancements in sewable electronics, designers are creating garments that can play music, answer telephone calls, and even monitor the wearer’s heartbeat.
The Museum at FIT is FREE to the public at all times.
The Museum at FIT does not have a coat check. You may want to consider this when planning your visit.
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Please enter the building at:
Goodman Resource Center (E Building) located at the Southwest corner of 7th Ave & 27th St.
**We will wait inside the lobby. I will be holding up a meetup sign. Please be on time so we can go in together.
There are rules that MUST be followed in the museum:
1. NO food, beverages or chewing gum is allowed in the galleries
2. THE TAKING OF PHOTOGRAPHS IS PROHIBITED.
3. CELL PHONES should be turned OFF before entering the galleries.
4. Guests CANNOT lean on or against or rest objects on any of the platforms or display cases.
5. Items on exhibit CANNOT be touched.
6. Anyone wishing to take notes must do so in PENCIL.
By Subway (check mta.info/weekender for updates)
1, N, or R to the 28th Street Station.
A, C, E, or F to the 23rd Street Station.
Take the M20, M23, or M34.
The M20 runs south on Seventh Avenue and north on 8th Avenue.
The M23 and M34 are cross-town buses.
After the museum,we will have lunch at Mustang Harry's so we can chat and discuss the exhibits:
Mustang Harry's - 1:00 pm
352 7th Ave (between 29th/30th St)
This restaurant was recommended by FIT. The food is good and prices are moderate. We have eaten here twice before.
The regular menu is varied and has burgers, quesadillas, salads, chicken, fish, steak and amazing sandwiches.
There is also a brunch menu on Saturday, but the price does not include a drink. It is $10 extra for unlimited drinks for one hour.
*** Please bring SMALL BILLS (1's, 5's, 10's) to help facilitate payment. The restaurant will NOT be able to give separate checks but we may be able to put 5 people on a check.
I think these exhibits will be very interesting and a lot of fun for everyone.
Hope to see you there.
Meetup fee: $3.00 to help defray the cost of maintaining the website will be collected at the museum.
Perfume Allergy: Please refrain from wearing perfume. Thanks for understanding. :-)