Afternoon Dress, French, 1878
Nestled in the bustling city of New York, in the quaint and diverse neighborhood of Chelsea, lies the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology. Known for educating some of the best in fashion and art, including designer Michael Kors and The Real Housewives of New York City's Ramona Singer, FIT offers an array of degrees and majors. FIT also has a beautiful museum, and it is definitely a must-visit experience.
The Museum at FIT was founded in 1967, and boasts an extensive collection of evening wear, upholstery, textiles, and accessories ranging from the mid-seventeenth century to present day. FIT is currently running an exhibit until May 11th called Night & Day which explores the history of women's day wear and evening wear since the eighteenth century. It is a great experience for any sewing or fashion aficionado, and the restaurants and galleries of Chelsea are not to be missed.
The museum is free and open on weekdays (excluding Mondays) from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you go: The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 7th Avenue between 27th and 28th streets.
- By automobile: Take I-495 to the Midtown Tunnel. Turn onto East 34th Street, turn down Lexington Avenue to East 27th Street. Continue west until 7th Avenue.
- By mass transit: Take the LIRR to Penn Station. Walk down to 27th street or take the 1 (7th Avenue) Subway to 28th Street.