“Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme”

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Photograph by John Cowan, 1964. Copyright The John Cowan Archive

It’s going to be 80 degrees in New York City this October weekend, so what better time than to check out Fashion From the Extreme,” currently on exhibit at the Museum of F.I.T?

The show focuses on fashion influenced by survival clothing designed for the most inhospitable environments on the planet—and off of it. The objects and the exhibition design evoke both the beauty of extreme wildernesses—on land and sea, as well as in outer space—and the dangers these locales present to human explorers. Think futuristic designs for space exploration, puffer jackets and boots, specialized sunwear to shield from extreme rays, and items for the desert.

From utilitarian to fashionable, the exhibition also presents experimental, high-tech materials, such as neoprene and Mylar, initially developed for deep sea and outer space exploration, that are now staples on the fashion runways.

Waste Basket Boutique by Mars of Asheville, dresses, circa 1966, USA. Gift of Ruth Ford and Mrs. D.J. White. Coat, 1966, USA. Gift of Montgomery Ward. © The Museum at FIT

Andre Courrèges, sunglasses, 1964, France. © The Museum at FIT

Michel Goma for Patou, evening dress, 1967-1969, Creaciones de Vicki, purse, 1960-1963 © The Museum at FIT


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