If you’re new to New York and find yourself with some time off between class at NYSD and studio sessions there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself while learning more about fashion. These four fashion museums in New York City are dedicated to garment history, design, and more.
The Museum at FIT
As the only museum dedicated entirely to fashion in New York City, The Museum at FIT is a must visit for any aspiring designer or fashion lover. The permanent collection includes about 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to present with a focus on fashion that makes history. The museum also holds special exhibitions in their 3 galleries, including exhibitions from students and faculty at FIT. For more information on visiting, take a look at their website.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute
The Constitute Institute, recently reopened as the Anna Wintour Costume Center, holds 35,000 costumes and accessories from around the world. While the entire collection isn’t on display, the institute holds one or two exhibitions each year and also runs fashion fashion focused tours: Fashion in Art, led by a docent that discusses the history of costumes, and Costume: The Art of Dress, an audio tour that showcases the historical costumes throughout the museum’s galleries. For more information, visit the Met’s website.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Though not solely dedicated to fashion design, the Cooper Hewitt showcases over 240 years of design aesthetic and creativity and is the only museum dedicated to historical and contemporary design in the United States. Permanent collections include architecture, sculpture, furniture, and costume, and there are also exhibitions that explore different aspects of the history of the design. Check out the Cooper Hewitt’s website for more information on visiting.
Museum of the City of New York
This art and history museum aims to preserve the culture of New York City, including costumes and textiles. With 26,000 items in their collection, MCNY showcases how New York has evolved into the fashion capital of the United States. One of the features at the museum is their collection of mid-20th century garments worn by notable New Yorkers and created by famous designers. The MCNY website has more detailed information about planning a visit.
Have you been to any fashion related museums? What are your favorites?