March 4, 2021

Museum at FIT Is Going to Extremes With ‘Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme’

With world politics and weather going to extremes, fashion is too in a new exhibit at the Museum at FIT.
“Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme” explores how clothing for extreme environments has come into fashion. A walk-through Wednesday afternoon with Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT, and Fred Dennis, the museum’s senior curator, involved a trip through four designated zones — Mountaineering, the Arctic, the Deep Sea and the Spaceship. Mears said of the 70-item show, “The whole process was to marry this idea as to how exploration, science and fashion come together.”
Before entering the main gallery, visitors first stop is an “Out of Africa”-worthy assortment of expedition war including the authentic like an Abercrombie & Fitch safari suit circa 1916 and the inspired Yves Saint Laurent safari-type tunics from the late Sixties. To give an authentic feel, the items are displayed in a diorama with a painting of the plains of the Serengeti. Before creating that, Mears and her team took a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History to get some pointers for the show that runs through Jan. 6. Styrofoam glaciers are also placed strategically in the space.
Joseph Altuzarra’s 2011 riff on the

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