F.I.T. Museum Explores Uniform Dressing

In Uncategorized, What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker

From sports to military to transportation and more, uniforms have always been a part of our apparel lexicon. Fashion designers have long taken cues from uniforms, even designing them for airlines and such, and an upcoming show at the Museum at F.I.T. explores this intertwined relationship.

Uniformity, opening May 20, explores the dynamic history behind a variety of uniforms, considering their social role and their influence on high fashion.

The exhibition is themed into four categories of uniforms: military, work, school and sports. Within each, historic uniforms are juxtaposed with the high fashion looks they have inspired.

Some highlights:

Cobalt blue TWA uniform; jacket, skirt & belt in wool; shirt style jacket with tie belt; A-line skirt with stitched & released pleats at front TWA uniform; jacket, belt, pants in wool; orange shirt style jacket with tie belt; beige wide leg pants with woven stripe in red, blue & yellow

Stan Herman, TWA flight attendant uniforms, 1975, synthetic blend, USA, gift of Stan Herman

Men's U. S. Army Lt. Col. dress uniform; 4-button jacket in navy blue wool with square snap-on epaulets; coordinating straight leg pants in blue wool with yellow tuxedo stripe; military hat in navy blue wool with goldtone eagle insignia at peak and clear plastic rain cover; pair of white cotton duplex gloves Navy blue wool suit, Uniform for W.A.V.E.S., Women's U.S. Navy, with jacket, skirt, blouse, tie, necktie and scarf

From left: U.S. Army colonel Dress Blue uniform, 1950, wool, USA. Mainbocher, U.S. Naval Reserve WAVES officer dress uniform, 1942, wool.


From left: Football uniform, c. 1920, wool and cotton duck, Geoffrey Beene, “football jersey” dress, fall 1967, silk and sequins.


Brasserie Gabrielle ensemble; black wool boucle jacket; ivory sleeveless silk crepe blouse; black stretch denim skinny jeans; white ruffle apron skirt in silk organza; black silk jacquard bow tie; white plate clutch bag in plastic & leather; buff suede sling back shoes with black silk faille toe

Chanel, “Brasserie Gabrielle” ensemble, fall 2015, wool, silk, cotton, leather, France, gift of Chanel.


Man's navy blue & white nautical stripe long sleeve top in cotton knit; La mariniere pullover;  white knit trim at round neckline; Gaultier Jean's logo at CB neck Man's black wide wale corduroy bell bottom sailor pants in cotton; large anchor buttons at bib-front closure; lacing at CB Navy & white set; top & skirt; navy & white horizontal striped top in ribbed knit cotton with white floral patterned cotton lace at turtleneck, yoke, short sleeves & peplum; coordinating wrap skirt in cotton twill with lace flounce at hem

From left: Jean Paul Gaultier, ensemble, 1992, cotton, France. Sacai, ensemble, spring 2015, cotton, silk, synthetic, Japan.


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