This is so exciting for us, who love denim! I especially love to checkout the denim from way long ago, the 19th Century for me is the century of the “real” denim, no stretchy, spandex-y, gummy jeans then LOL!
The Museum at FIT’s next exhibit, which opens December 1st, will explore the history of denim and its relationship with high fashion from the 19th century to present day.
“Denim: Fashion’s Frontier” will feature more than 70 items from the museum’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 will chronicle the history of jeans, in addition to a variety of other denim garments ranging from workwear pieces to haute couture items. “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier” opens with a display featuring Levi Strauss & Co.’s most famous style of jeans, the 501XX, and as visitors move through the exhibit, they’ll get a look at a pair of work pants from the 1830s-40s that predate Levi Strauss & Co.’s jeans production, prison garb, naval uniforms, the all-in-one denim jumpsuit, which was the unofficial uniform of female factory workers during World War II, and much more.
Given denim’s popularity on the runways the past few seasons, FIT’s timing of the debut of “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier” is spot on.
“Denim: Fashion’s Frontier,” organized by Emma McClendon, will be on display at the Museum at FIT from December 1st to May 7th.