Join us for tour of this insightful exhibition led by a curator
Champagne reception follows the tour
Uniforms are the antithesis of high fashion. Where uniform design focuses on notions of functionality, control, and tradition, fashion promotes constant change, creativity, and subversion. Yet fashion has often drawn inspiration from uniforms of all kinds, taking functional features and transforming them into decorative elements.
Simultaneously designed to blend in and stand out, uniforms occupy a unique place in our society. We encounter uniforms everywhere, from those of soldiers and school children, to the distinctive attire of flight attendants and fast-food clerks. Likewise, the uniforms of athletes and police officers have become familiar, everyday sights. They are overt symbols of social order, but they are also considered so commonplace that they are often overlooked.
Uniformity explores the dynamic history behind a variety of uniforms, considering both their social role and influence on high fashion. The exhibition is organized thematically to focus on four categories of uniforms: military, work, school, and sports. Uniformity includes over 70 objects from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, many of which have never been on view before.
Left Photo: Football uniform, circa 1920, wool and cotton duck, USA,
museum purchase. Geoffrey Beene, "football jersey" dress, fall 1967,
silk and sequins, USA, museum purchase. Photo: FIT Museum
Right Photo: Chanel, “Brasserie Gabrielle” ensemble, fall 2015, wool,
silk, cotton, leather, France, gift of Chanel. Photo: FIT Museum
When: Wednesday, October 19th from 6-8pm
Where: Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Tickets: $25 for pre-registered CBSACNY members and CBS Students, $45 for pre-registered non-members, $60 at the door
Attend this event for free with the purchase of a one-year membership to the Columbia Business School Alumni Club. Click here to join now and then contact us for your promotional code to register for the event for free (cannot be combined with other promotional codes.)
This event is organized by Maurice Triquet (CBS ’04) and the Fashion, Style & Retail committee.