Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 13th 2011
If you like knowing as much about fashion designs as you possibly can, then you owe it to yourself to visit The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum. This is one of a select group of museums that specialize in fashion.
The emphasis of The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum is on clothing that could possibly be described as "making a statement." Take the corset, for example. Everyone knew that women (as well as some men, and even children) wore them, but, like many other things, they weren't discussed in "polite conversation."
Tell that to the people who helped put together the display that was shown a few years back at The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum called The Corset-Fashioning the Body. They not only talked about corsets—they showed them.
Fast-forward to the present. How many people are familiar with the "goth" style of fashion and dress? It can be taken to some pretty far extremes. The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum took on that fashion look in one of its recent exhibits.
Those are just two examples of past exhibits. The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum has no intention of "resting on its laurels". Current and upcoming exhibits promise to provide glimpses into other clothing examples deemed to be "directional." (FYI, these are the only types of clothing accepted or procured for exhibition).
Where is the museum, what are the hours, and how much does it cost to get in?
The museum is located at 7th Avenue and 27th Street in New York City. It is easily accessed by subway (some lines run stop close on weekdays only, however, so be aware of this), bike (there are bike racks where you can secure your bike), bus, rail (Penn Station and Grand Central Station, as well as PATH), and by car (if you're brave enough to fight NYC traffic. Why not just take advantage of public transportation?)
Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday from Noon until 8:00PM; Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Museum is closed on Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays.
Admission is free, so you don't have to worry about that expense. This makes it a fun excursion for the whole family, but if the men in your group aren't interested, then make this a "girls only" outing. They'll find something else to do, and you'll all enjoy your visit to New York City.