The current exhibition at the FIT Museum explores the evolution of fashion trends and "rules" that have evolved over the past 250 years. Night & Day reveals the extremes that have governed the fashion world from formality to fad to fabric.
Most of the eighteenth century women's fashion was not dictated by the time of day but rather the degree of formality. The Revolution of 1789 resulted in a new social order with it bringing new fashion rules laid out according to time of day and type of activity. The birth of the cocktail dress was a 1920s innovation, while the line dividing day wear and evening wear began to disappear in the 1960s.
Featured in this exhibition is over 100 day and evening garments, textiles and accessories. Night & Day is open through May 11th, 2010 at the Museum at FIT.
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Above, Sportswear ensemble circa 1929 France, museum purchase. Photo courtesy of MFIT.