‘The Great Designers: Part One’ Opens at FIT Museum

Oscar de la Renta
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Oscar de la Renta taffeta blouse and skirt, 1978

Ever fantasize about a day spent browsing the permanent collection of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology? Well, now you can—in a way.

The Museum has opened The Great Designers, an exhibition of some of its most iconic pieces—from ‘30s-era Schiaparelli to ‘90s Versace to Gareth Pugh creations from just a few seasons ago.

But with hundreds of gems in the archives (we can’t even begin to imagine the selection process), FIT has broken the exhibition into two parts; Part One went on display this week and will remain open until May 8, 2012.

Organized alphabetically (to coincide with the Museum’s forthcoming Taschen book, The Great Designers: Fashion’s Hall of Fame from A to Z, the exhibit features about 50 looks including a voluminous 1978 skirt and blouse combo from Oscar de la Renta (a gift to the Museum from Penelope Tree!), an elaborately embroidered 1997 Givenchy by Alexander McQueen coat, a red evening gown from Valentino Garavani’s last season designing for his line.

On the more avant-garde side, there's Rick Owens, the aforementioned Pugh, and an architectural 2006 Boudicca ensemble.

Gareth Pugh
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Gareth Pugh wool and patent dress, Fall 2007

Want more? (Of course you do.) The Great Designers: Part Two, running from May 23 to November 10, 2012, will showcase a dress from McQueen’s now-famed Plato’s Atlantis collection—and more from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela, Junya Watanabe, Charles James, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.

We may just move in.

The Museum at FIT is open Tuesday through Saturday and is free and open to the public.

In related news, take a peek at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition that opened in Montreal.