Denim, a longtime wardrobe staple that's also dominated the recent runways, is the focus of the Museum at FIT's latest exhibit.
The idea for "Denim: Fashion's Frontier" came to Emma McClendon, who's the assistant curator of costume at the Museum at FIT and the organizer of the exhibit, while she was doing research for another exhibit, "Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the '70s."
"For that I was doing a lot of research on the 1970s, and you can't really read about fashion in the 1970s without learning a lot about denim," McClendon told us.
"Denim: Fashion's Frontier" examines the 175-year history of denim through more than 70 items from the Museum at FIT's permanent collection — many of which have never been exhibited before — as well as newly acquired pieces from designers like Sacaï, Chloë and Dries Van Noten. The exhibit chronicles the history of jeans, in addition to a variety of other denim garments, ranging from workwear pieces dating back to the 1840s to more recent haute couture items.