There are hundreds of museums in New York City. Literally hundreds. Sure, everyone knows MoMa, the Whitney and the American Museum of Natural History. But there are plenty of smaller, more specialized ones that are a treat for the traveler that, frankly, you won't find anyplace else.
Take the Museum at FIT. The Fashion Institute of Technology has been schooling young people on the ins and outs of fashion design, technology and business since 1944. Noted alumni include Michael Kors, Norma Kamali and Calvin Klein. (Project Runway's Tim Gunn used to chair the fashion design department not that long ago.)
What you may not know is there is a museum on the premises. FIT owns one of the largest and most impressive collections of clothing, textiles and accessories in the world, around 50,000 costumes and accessories dating from the eighteenth century to the present. Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior...they're all there.
Through November 6th, check out Dior + Balenciaga: The Kings of Couture and Their Legacies, featuring fashions by the two most important couturiers of the mid-20th century. Sixty-five garments and ensembles will be spotlighted in this first-ever exhibition of the work of these legendary designers side by side.
From September 1st through the end of they year, it's all about shoes! Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic will explore our physical, social and psychological relationship with our platforms, penny loafers, sandals and more. The exhibition begins with a pair of baby shoes and takes us through our life journey with our favorite foot coverings. 300 shoes, boots, sandals and sneakers will be on display.
Admission is free! The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
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