New York— Fashion has always played a hand in gender identity and His & Hers—an upcoming exhibit at The Museum at FIT—analyzes this shifting social and cultural relationship over the past 250 years.
The show features more than 100 garments, accessories and textiles from the Museum’s permanent collection.
True to the exhibition’s name, the show features his-and-hers pairings by mid to late 20th century designers who created complementary fashions for both genders. For example, a women’s Yves Saint Laurent pinstriped navy pantsuit will be shown alongside a YSL man’s suit in velvet. Another designer who played with cross-gender appeal is Versace and his cowboy motifs will be shown on outfits for both sexes.
A historical timeline begins in the mid 1700s, showing how certain embellishments that we call feminine today (brocade, velvet, etc.) were considered “aristocratic” at that time and appealed both both genders.
The show also features elegant dressing gowns in the mid 1800s, broad-shouldered suits for both genders in the 1930s, Mod pantsuits for men and women from the 1960s, Power suits from the 1980s, and more.Curated by Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley, the exhibition will also include work by innovative designers such as Giorgio Armani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gianni Versace, and Vivienne Westwood.
His & Hers runs November 20 to May 20, 2011. The Museum at FIT is located at 7th Avenue at 27th Street. www.fitnyc.edu.